Firelands Winery is the vanguard facility for Lonz, Inc., the parent company owning the Firelands, Mon Ami, Lonz, and Mantey wines. 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 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.

At Firelands Winery,
we stand on the shoulders of greatness
We are proud to be recognized for our passion and dedication to excellent wine making.
Master Winemaker – Claudio Salvador – celebrating top honors with Mantey visionary.