Put-in-Bay Winery- Tours & Tastings
Put-in-Bay Winery is one of the island’s premiere wineries located at the Doller House Estate. With a full spectrum of offerings, this winery is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon during a visit to Put-in-Bay.
Put-in-Bay Winery Particulars
The Put-in-Bay winery, founded in 2009, includes a winery exhibit, a store, and a wine garden. The winery is dedicated to enlightening visitors about their wines and the winemaking process.
The wine exhibitions and wine tours are enjoyable and informative. After all, how could they not be when we are talking about wine!? Even better, each estate tour begins with a taste of the Put-In-Bay Winery’s sparklng Moscato named “Celebration.” The tour continues to the Main Parlor with a taste of their Merlot. The Historic Ice House describes the significance of Valentine Doller’s ice enterprise as guests enjoy a sample of the Put-In-Bay Riesling.
Are You Ready For A Taste?
Build a flight of three or four wines from the Put-In-Bay Winery stock, or choose from the Pelee Island Wines, Featured Wines, or West Coast Wines. These wines come together to create a fantastic tasting adventure for any palate.
The wine tasting tour costs $10/per person for 5 samples of their wines which are tasted over the course of the 35-minute tour of the house and estate.
Wines may also be purchased online. The Put-in-Bay Winery offers a mixture of sweet and dry wines, all complex in their individual ways.
Wines At The Put-in-Bay Winery
• Commodore Perry Chardonnay — a classic California white aged in American and French Oak
• Pink Catawba — the perfect balance of sweet and tart
• Red Witch Sauvignon Blanc — dry white with notes of grass and citrus
• Celebration — a sweet wine for special occasions
• Concord — a sweet and balanced red
• Blackberry Wine — this layered dessert wine is made from 100% blackberries
The Doller House
This Italianate beauty sits on Lake Erie with spectacular harbor and Gibraltar Island views. Along with wine tours, visitors can tour the Doller House and Island Life Museum.
Initially held by the island’s first entrepreneur, Valentine Doller, this home is an intriguing look into Put-in-Bay’s history. The gray and yellow brick and wood house was constructed in two sections — one half is wooden, and the other, added in 1883, likely was red brick until it was painted. The tower at the front corner categorizes the building as Italianate architecture.
Valentine Doller, a German settler, arrived at Put-in-Bay in 1859. Doller went about building a general store and ran the island post office. The Fish Bowl and Mossback’s Restaurant are now found on the site of the general store.
Doller is best known for his ice company. He saw the opportunity during those lengthy winter months on the island. Doller would gather ice blocks directly from the lake and hold them in an ice house to sell in the summer. He also owned the only dock open to the public on the island and used it for private parties.
The home provides a full catering menu and can accommodate parties of anywhere from 15 to 60 guests. The waterfront yard offers beautiful lake views, while the backyard is ideal for dancing. A pavilion is suitable for large events. Call the Put-in-Bay Winery to discuss your party plans.