Puddicombe's is a working farm and vineyard located about 80 minutes drive from Toronto along the QEW. Tucked into the picturesque Niagara escarpment on the edge of the small town of Grimsby, Puddicombe's is a great day trip to check out how a fruit farm and vineyard functions. Kids are welcome to join in the fun!
Puddicombe's has a long history that started back in 1797 with cattle farming. By the 1900s they had switched to fruit farming and since the 1940s, the winery has really taken off. Today, you can visit the farm, enjoy a train tour ride,visit the general store and wine store, and check out a small animal farm and children's playground.
A treat is to ride the train that takes you through part of the vineyard, by waterways, and the cherry orchard. The train is called Little Pudd and was once the original train from Crystal Beach amusement park. The train ride costs $7.35 (includes admission and taxes) and is not available from January through April. For more details on the train schedule, please check this link:
Next to the children's outdoor playground are a few farm animals that you can visit. These include ducks and geese, goats, a pig, other fowl, and even two peacocks! What gorgeous birds to see this close.
The Puddicombe vineyard is comprised of over 150 acres of a variety of high quality grapes. They started making wines in 1998 and have now offer over 30 different wine varieties for sale. Puddicombe's has more than 25 award winning wines. They also create Sir Isaac's Pure Pear Cider.
I love to see the fruit ripening on the trees in anticipation of Pick-Your-Own days, and Puddicombe's has pick-your-own for cherries and peaches. The local area, also known as the Township of Winona, has an annual Winona Peach Festival when the harvest comes in and peaches reign!
So, if you're looking for a great vineyard and farm outing, check out Puddicombe's! They also offer educational tours, and campfire get togethers. Free parking. Their address is 1468 Highway 8, Stoney Creek, Ontario L8E 5K9