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 and Claudio Salvador purchased the wineries from Paramount Distillers in 2002.
Firelands is currently one of the largest producing wineries in Ohio. Committed to quality, Firelands has shown steady growth as customers discover this gem of the east and choose Firelands wines. Our newest owner Michael Schiff is committed to continue our legacy of producing, distributing, and importing fine quality wines and spirits both locally and throughout the country.
we stand on the shoulders of greatness