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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.


392 Bayview Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH, USA

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Jerry C.

We had aimed to sample all of the wineries in the region on this trip, and we missed only one--this one, happily, was not the missed.

This winery is housed in a historic mansion and the building and grounds are beautiful. we obtained a tasting flight and took a seat on their comfortable front lawn. The wines were first-rate and served with the elegant style we appreciate. When we asked where to buy put-in-bay wine this is where locals sent us.

One welcome feature was that if you purchase six bottles, they arrange delivery to the ferry--a real plus for those of us visiting the island and motoring about on a golf cart

Feline H.

I loved my visit to Put-In-Bay, which was made even sweeter with a stop by the Put-in-Bay Winery. The grounds of this gorgeous historic home are immaculately manicured and very alluring. It as one of many things to do in put-in-bay.They offer a large amount of parking around the building to easily park your golf cart as well. You can enter from the front or back, although entry from the back makes more sense as it puts you right in the store where the counter is located.

They have a smallish menu, but we didn't eat on our visit. The pizza looked very good and was definitely a must-try for me on the next visit. They offer wine flights that you can enjoy inside or outside, with comfortable places to sit, including a gazebo or out front where, on the day we visited, had live music. The gentleman who played the keyboard and sang was truly amazing, singing the top hits from the 80s, and 90s. I loved all of the wines I sampled. They also offer a self-guided tour of the home, allowing you to go upstairs and through the rest. Outside, you see little surprises that will likely pique your curiosity, but we didn't have time to explore the home this trip. All and all, it's worth a stop, especially before you leave the island, providing a great unwind.

Manny H.

I am from the Oregon Wine Country, near the Dundee Hills, where Pinot Noir is ruler, and the big reds from eastern Washington and Southern Oregon are pretty close. So, my palate is used to the drier full-bodied wines of the big reds and attuned to the nuances of Pinot Noir. So, the sweet reds of Ohio took some time for me to get used to. However, with inducement from my beau and an adventurous spirit, I found the Pink Catawba to be outstanding and the Sauterne also really great. The view over the water and out to the next island is just beautiful! Don't shy away from the chocolate wine, and seriously, it takes just like Bailey's Irish Cream. We may come back for the put-in-bay wine festival.

Belinda S.

put in bay winery tour was so enjoyable. Our guide was full of intriguing tidbits. The wine was tasty, particularly the peach and blackberry offerings. Definitely worth the time.

Malcom R.

This was one of the highlights of our recent trip to PIB! We took the Put-in-Bay Winery tour, and our guide, Carter, was knowledgeable and fun to be around. All of the staff members were pleasant and only added to our pleasure. The grounds are well-kept, and the scenery from the front of the winery is lovely. You can sit and watch the water nearby -- all while enjoying your wine of preference. They also have a superb chocolate wine. It pairs well with the fresh chocolate-covered strawberries offered on the menu. It is a great place to spend some time whenever your on the island. We will definingly be going again!

Randy J.

While having a sip of wine (I chose Concord, and my husband selected Blackberry), we unwound at a table in the grass while people-watching and water-gazing. The wines were so tasty we each had a second glass. They were an excellent midday adult treat for us before exploring more of Put-in-Bay. put-in-bay winery menu was mostly pizzas.

Lille & Dave V.

After reading other reviews, we went to the Put-in-Bay Winery first, and we returned. We could sit outdoors at the tables in very relaxing chairs and just watch the boats in the lake. Due to corona, we could not do flights, but we could still sample a number of wines and wound up buying a few. The Valentines' chocolate was excellent. Everyone was amiable