United States Ohio Ohio Guide Things To Do Essentials Where to Stay All Ohio Sandusky Ohio and Lake Erie Islands Wineries Written by Sandy Mitchell Sandy Mitchell is the author of multiple books about Cleveland, Ohio, including "Cleveland's Slavic Village" and "Cleveland's Little Italy." She has lived in the area since 1980. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Sandy Mitchell Updated 06/03/19 Share Pin Email Like the area at the eastern shore of Lake Erie in Lake and Ashtabula Counties, where wineries abound, the central Ohio Lake Erie coastline and Lake Erie Islands offer excellent soil and climate for growing wine grapes. During the summer, the lake keeps the temperature mild while in the winter, the lake and the snow it brings, acts as a blanket to protect crops. Below are just a few of the wineries you'll find in this region of Ohio. 01 of 04 Firelands Winery Positively Cleveland Firelands Winery, located just outside of Sandusky off of Route 2, is the largest winery in Ohio. The company, started in 1880 as Mantey Winery, makes a variety of red, white, and sparkling wines. They have won numerous awards, including the double gold, best of show award at the 2009 Pacific Rim competition for their 2008 Gewurztraminer.Firelands is open year round (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day) for tastings and tours.Firelands Winery917 Bardshar RdSandusky, OH 44870-1507(419) 625-5474 02 of 04 Heineman's Winery Benhinc/Flickr/CC 2.0 Founded in 1888, Heineman's is a staple for vacationers on South Bass Island and Put-in-Bay. The family-run winery is open from mid-April to late October for tastings and offers tours from early May through September. The only surviving winery of the 17 that once dotted the island, Heineman's is known for its off-dry wines, including award-winning Pink Catawba and Niagara wines. The patio at Heineman's is a delightful place to spend an afternoon on the Lake Erie Islands.Heineman's Winery978 Catawba AvenuePut in Bay, OH 43456(419) 285-2811 03 of 04 Kelleys Island Wine Company (© Virginia Travis) Another Lake Erie Island winery is the popular Kelleys Island Wine Company, founded in 1982. This island winery is housed in a traditional island-style dwelling with a wrap-around porch. The winery's six wines include both whites and reds and the company serves pizza, salads, cheese and meat platters, and a variety of meat and seafood skewers.Kelleys Island Wine Company418 Woodford RoaddKelleys Island, OH 43438(419) 746-2678 04 of 04 Mon Ami Restaurant and Historic Winery Micah Maziar/Flickr/CC 2.0 A sister company to Sandusky's Firelands Winery, Mon Ami has the ambiance of a French country estate. Located on Catawba Island (actually a peninsula) near Port Clinton, Mon Ami features a French restaurant and wine/gift shop. The winery also offers periodic tasting tours of its wine cellar. Founded in 1872, Mon Ami produces a diverse collection of red, white, and sparkling wines, using both French and Lake Erie varietals.Mon Ami Winery and Historic Winery3845 E Wine Cellar RoadPort Clinton, Ohio 43452419-797-4445 Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit What Else to See When You Visit Cedar Point, Ohio The Best Amusement Parks in Ohio You Should Visit 50 States, 50 Staycations: The Best Staycation in Every State Get Wet—Outdoors and Indoors—at Ohio Water Parks Where to Camp on and around the Lake Erie Islands The Complete Guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park Fun and Food Await on Lake Erie's Kelleys Island Discover Ohio's Lake Erie Lighthouses What to Know About the Fish of Lake Erie Coasters and More Fit for Royalty at Kings Island Where to Find Cleveland's Lake Erie Beaches Cedar Point Is One of America's Hottest Amusement Parks Cleveland's Nautica Queen Dinner and Lake Erie Cruises How to Visit the Amazing Kalahari Sandusky Water Park Weather and Climate in Cincinnati, Ohio What Happened to Geauga Lake, Six Flags Ohio, and SeaWorld Ohio?