My interest in wine began in 1991 when I attended George Brown College’s Sommelier course and began learning about all of the benchmark wines of the world. During the Sommelier course, I developed an interest in grape growing in part as a result of the visits and lectures by different wine producers from around the world.
In 1993, I bought a 3-acre property in Vineland and in 1995 I began my grape growing journey by planting an assortment of vines that I thought had a chance of showing some terroir. My plan was to provide premium quality fruit to amateur winemakers.
In 1999, I enrolled in the Brock University CCOVI program looking for additional information as to how to improve grape quality on my vineyard. I spent 8 long years at CCOVI completing the program. In 1999 I also bought another 21-acre farm, which was a well-established vineyard with a combination of vinifera, hybrid and concord grapes.
It took until 2005 that my entire 24 acres was planted to vinifera grapes, I have sold my grapes to only the highest quality wineries in the Niagara Region such as 13th Street, Paskus&Temkin, Tawse, Pearl Morrisette, Malivoire, and currently to Peninsula Ridge. I also have a history of consistently selling only premium fruit to a number of wine clubs and amateurs winemakers for over 20 years.
My last expansion has been into a new property in Thorold where I have starting to develop one of the first Ontario cider apple farms to service the Ontario Craft Cider industry with approximately 5 acres of high density planted European cider apples. As well plans are under way to start an onsite market garden operation to grow and sell local fruits and vegetables. For more information visit us at Lundy’s Cider and Farm market.