Thanks to ongoing research, new technology and continuing commitment to producing quality wines, Firelands is making extraordinary wines available at reasonable prices. Wine drinkers across Ohio are starting to appreciate what they have in their own back yard, as our reputation spreads throughout the state and the nation.
Firelands Winery is the vanguard facility for Lonz, Inc., the parent company owning the Firelands, Mon Ami, Lonz, Mantey, and Dover wine lines. The name “Firelands Winery” was chosen to signify the area in which the original winery was located. During the Revolutionary War, the Firelands region of north central Ohio was allotted to Connecticut citizens whose homes were burned by the British. As they resettled, they brought with them their wine making heritage, and a love for fine wines. Heritage is important at Firelands. The original wine cellar at Firelands, built in 1880 by the Edward Mantey family, has been incorporated into the present Sandusky facility. In 1979, the Mantey Winery was purchased by Bob Gottesman, owner of Paramount Distillers, who had a vision for a better Ohio wine product. His vision revived the lagging Ohio wine industry and helped propel it into the future. With the addition of Claudio Salvador as wine maker, the wines have steadily improved and are now national and international award winners. Salvador is an Ohio Wine Hall of Fame inductee.
Lonz Inc. was formed when John Kronberg, another wine visionary, and Claudio purchased the wineries from Paramount Distillers in 2002. Firelands is currently the largest producing winery in Ohio. Committed to quality, Firelands has shown steady growth as customers discover this gem of the east and choose Firelands wines. We welcome you to try our wines, compare our quality to any state or country, and we’re sure you’ll be back!
Hours & Tours
November – April
Monday – Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
May through October
Monday – Thursday: 10 am to 7 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday: 12 noon to 6 pm
The Tasting Room, Gift Shop and the Osteria Gusto are open year-round. Firelands Winery is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, and may close early Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Please call (419) 625-5474 to confirm hours of operation.
We offer a deluxe group tour for 25 or more with advanced scheduling. Tours are $8.00 + tax per person and include tastings of four different wines, juices, cheese and crackers, and a souvenir glass. Please allow 1 to 1-1/2 hours for tour and tasting. There is no charge for driver or escort. Drop off at front door; free on-site parking. Fees are payable by cash, check or credit card.
Contact the retail store at 1-800-548-WINE to make your reservations.
Stop in and let us help you with your birthday, holiday or other special gift giving. We have many unique gifts and services that can simplify your life and give you more time to enjoy the events with friends and loved ones. Our wine and gift baskets make wonderful gifts that are always appreciated and enjoyed. Why not personalize some wine with your own special greeting, or, send an assortment of fine wines?
Award Winning Wines
90 Points – Gold Medal – Best Buy – Beverage Tasting Institute
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of fancy floral bath soap and lychee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a spicy pear sauce and honeyed nectarine finish. A delicious sipper.
Only a mile and a half wide and even less in length, Isle St. George (also known as North Bass Island) is crisscrossed by a network of underground limestone caves. As the warm lake water circulates through these caves, ground frost is delayed until late fall. When the fall air becomes cooler, the warm lake water heats the surrounding air and land. Before winter sets in, the lake islands enjoy a 200-day frost-free growing season, remarkable and unusual for this climate. On North Bass Island, the grapes are harvested as much as six weeks after harvesting ends on the mainland. The United States Government has recognized the area’s unique climate, soil, topographic and historic conditions that produce distinctive characteristics in the grapes grown here and has established the area from the Bass Island and the southern shore of Lake Erie – stretching from Toledo into New York State – as the Lake Erie Appellation of Origin. When a Lake Erie designation is indicated on the label of a wine, it means that the grapes used in the wine came from this specific viticulture area.
Firelands Winery ships via UPS.
3 bottle units – start at $18.00
6 bottle units – start at $22.00
12 bottle units – start at $25.00
We will quote you the exact UPS pricing for your area. We DO NOT ship outside the State of Ohio except for Florida.
Order By Phone
Credit Card orders may be placed by calling (419) 625-5474 or our toll free Ohio number, 1-800-548-WINE.
Order By Fax
Fax your order to (419) 625-4887 for fast service.
We do not recommend emailing your order for security reasons.
Email us at [email protected].
917 Bardshar Rd.
Sandusky, OH 44870
We're located just off Ohio Route 2. Exit at the U.S. Route 6 Fremont/Sandusky exit, turn east to Bardshar Road, then turn right (South) to Firelands Winery. Click here for more detailed directions.