Our History:

Located in Vineland at the base of the Niagara Escarpment in the heart of Ontario's wine country is the popular Stoney Ridge Estate Winery. In 1986 Stoney Ridge Cellars became the 14th licensed winery in the fledgling Canadian wine industry. Providing a pathway for others to following helping create a region of world class wine production.

The winery had inauspicious beginnings at the Weylie farm on Ridge Road in Stoney Creek, (hence the name, Stoney Ridge Cellars) consisting of a small barn and garage that served as a retail boutique. Under
the direction of Winemaker Jim Warren and his two business partners, Stoney Ridge's first vintage consisted of 500 cases of 11 different wines, produced entirely by hand. Stoney Ridge Cellars had a commitment to "make small amounts of the very best wine possible from Ontario Grapes." Jim formed a new partnership with a Winnona grape and tender fruit farmer Murray Puddicombe in 1989. The new facility was upgraded with more sophisticated winemaking equipment and was located just below the escarpment from the original location. With greater access to a wider selection of grapes, a new bottling line and more tanks and barrels, the Stoney Ridge wine portfolio grew by leaps and bounds.

By 1997 the wineries reputation had grown winning numerous awards and acclaim. Production was at 26,000 cases annually with over 60 different wine products. The winery had moves once again to its current location in Vineland, central to Niagara wine country. In 2002 Stoney Ridge began refocusing the winery property towards the craft production of premium Niagara wine. With the addition of a Pinot Noir vineyard to the winery property, the winery name was changed to Stoney Ridge Estate Winery. This decision reflected the commitment to continue the Stoney Ridge tradition of honouring viticultural excellence and winemaking expertise which begun by Jim in 1985, while maintaining its strict quality- controlled output of 40,000 cases of QA wines.

Purchased by famed Canadian sports broadcaster, Bob McCown in 2013, the winery has continued to evolve, launching the immensely popular Tragically Hip line of wines, in partnership with Canadian Rock
icons, The Tragically Hip. Today, the winery operates in partnership with the Niagara Custom Crush Studio, Canada’s only Custom Crush Winemaking Facility. The studio has taken over the production of Stoney Ridge’s wines, and customers can enjoy them at their newly renovated facility still located in Vineland. Today, Stoney Ridge remains committed to producing 100% locally sourced, VQA wines, just
as it did in 1986.