1880 celebrates the longevity of our winery by blending our rich winemaking history with our bright future. These small-batch, boutique wines are made with 100% estate-grown grapes and unique and innovative techniques used by our winemaker. These wonderfully rich and exciting wines will be available in the fall of 2021 in our Sandusky, Ohio retail store and on our website.
The Firelands Wine label is our namesake. Wine under this label are made with the Vitas Vinifera species of grapes. These grapes are native in the Mediterranean region, Central Europe, and southwestern Asia, from Morocco and Portugal north to southern Germany and east to northern Iran. More commonly, Vitas Vinifera make drier style wines such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, and Riesling, to name a few. Firelands Winery was the first winery in the state to plant Pinot Grigio grapes. We are very proud to bring these fine, dry wines to our area.
George Loeb began construction on Mon Ami Winery in the 1850’s but was temporarily halted during the Civil War in 1861, when it was used for a prison/holding cell for Confederate Soldiers in it’s lower level. It was completed in 1872, and the winemaking History of Mon Ami began in 1873 when a cooperation of grape growers and vintners established Catawba Island Wine Company. While Prohibition saw the closing of many Ohio wineries, Mon Ami survived by producing and selling altar wine. Generating 130,000 gallons of wine, the estate was purchased by Mon Ami Champagne Company in 1937, one of the few American wineries producing the finest champagne. In 1945 a fire destroyed its upper rooms, and it was after then that it was made into a Restaurant. When the Winery ceased making wine, Firelands Winery became the Advocate for them, purchasing the brand, and has been making their wines ever since. The entire line of Mon Ami wines is available in our Firelands Winery Tasting Room to purchase & a selection always available to sample. The History lives on with our bottlings of Mon Ami Wines.
Specialty Wine-Spirits was born from the vision of industry veterans who welcomed the opportunity to create a first-in-class national supplier representing unique brands in the wine & spirit categories. Our strategy is to prospect quality producers while focusing on great narratives, attractive packaging, and categories that over-deliver in the bottle with a competitive yet favorable price. Our team has the experience and ability to execute sales while adding value to our distributor and on/off-premise partners.