Located at the Doller House Estate, Put-in-Bay Winery is one of the islands periment wineries. With a full range of offerings, this winery is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon during a summer on Put-in-Bay.
Put-in-Bay Winery Details
Founded in 2009, Put-in-Bay winery includes a winery exhibition, a wine garden, and store. The winery is committed to educating their visitors on their wines and the winemaking process in general.
The wine tours and exhibitions are informative and enjoyable. How could they not be when they are all about wine!? Even better each tour of the estate begins with a taste of the Put-In-Bay Winery’s Celebration, a sparkling Moscato. The tour continues to the Main Parlor with a tasting of Merlot. Then the Historic Ice House explains the importance of Valentine Doller’s ice business as visitors enjoy a tasting of the Put-In-Bay Riesling.
Ready for a tasting? Create a flight of three or four of our Put-In-Bay Wines or select from the Pelee Island Wines, West Coast or Featured Wines. These wines come together to create an amazing tasting experience for any palate.
Wines can also be purchased online. The Put-in-Bay Winery offers a variety of dry and sweet wines, all complex in their own ways.
Put-in-Bay Winery Wines
• Pink Catawba — the perfect balance of sweet and tart
• Blackberry Wine — this layered dessert wine is made from 100% blackberries
• Commodore Perry Chardonnay — a classic California white aged in American and French Oak
• Red Witch Sauvignon Blanc — dry white with notes of grass and citrus
• Concord — a sweet and balanced red
• Celebration — a sweet wine for special occasions
The Doller House
This Italianate beauty sits right on Lake Erie with stunning views of the harbor and Gibraltar Island. Along with wine tours, visitors can tour the Doller House and Island Life Museum.
Originally owned by the island’s first entrepreneur, Valentine Doller, this property is a fascinating look into Put-in-Bay’s past. The yellow and gray brick and wood house was built in two sections — one half is wooden, and the other, added in 1883, probably was red brick until it was painted. The tower at the front corner classifies the building as Italianate architecture.
Valentine Doller, a German immigrant, came to Put-in-Bay in 1859. Doller went about building a general and ran the island post office. Mossback’s and the Fish Bowl are now located on the site of the general store.
Doller is perhaps best known for his ice business. He saw the opportunity during those long winter months on the island. Doller would harvest ice directly from the lake and store them in an ice house to sell. He also owned the only public dock on the island.
The Doller House is also available for catering and private parties. The lakeside front yard offers beautiful views of the lake while the backyard is perfect for dancing. A gazebo is ideal for large events. The house provides a full catering menu and can accommodate parties anywhere from 15 to 60 guests. Call the Put-in-Bay Winery to discuss your party plans.