Producers of Fine Island Wine Since 1888

The Wine Garden at Heineman Winery

Enjoy Tastings in Our Beautiful Wine Garden

Try our award winning wines and a cheese plate in our outdoor wine garden! Heineman's beautiful wine garden is a fantastic setting for a romantic rendezvous, and the perfect place to go when you want to escape from the pressures of everyday life. Don't forget to visit our gift shop while you're here!

Winery HoursOpen daily mid April through late October
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wine Shipped Year Round

Tours of Crystal Cave and Heineman Winery are offered for $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 11. Tours are offered seven days a week from early May until late September. Monday through Saturday, tours of the cave begin at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the day until 5 p.m. On Sunday, tours begin at 12 p.m. and continue until 5 p.m.

Heineman’s Winery, Ohio’s oldest family owned winery, is still run by the Heineman family today. Third, fourth, and fifth generations of the Heineman family, as well as friends and neighbors, contribute to making the winery a success. During bottling season, islanders lend a hand to help with bottling. Visitors may also join in the fun.

Wine Garden Gallery

About Heineman Winery

Makers of Fine Wines Since 1888

The Heineman Winery was founded in 1888 by Gustav Heineman, an immigrant from Baden, Germany, the grape growing region of that country. The Lake Erie Islands were already noted for quality grapes as a result of ideal soil conditions and the long growing season because of the tempering effect of Lake Erie.

By 1900, Heineman's was one of 17 wineries on Put-in-Bay. The passage of the Volstead Act creating the Prohibition of Alcohol in 1919 was catastrophic to the Island's grape and wine industry. Most of the wineries failed and the vineyards fell into disrepair. Heineman's survived under Gustav's son, Norman, by selling unfermented grape juice and providing taxi cab service to and tours of the Winery's caves.

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