Put-in-Bay Winery – Downtown At The Valentine Doller Estate
Put-in-Bay Winery, situated at the Doller House Estate, is one of the islands’ two wineries. Their full range of offerings makes this Winery an excellent place to spend a summer afternoon at Put-in-Bay.
Put-in-Bay Winery Particulars
The Winery, one of two on South Bass Island, opened in 2009. The Put-in-Bay Winery includes a wine garden, retail store, and a winery exhibition. The Winery is dedicated to educating its visitors on the winemaking process and their wines various varieties. Wine tours and presentations are enjoyable, informative, and educational.
Each tour of the estate starts with a taste of the Put-In-Bay Winery’s Celebration Wine, a sparkling Moscato. The journey then progresses to the Main Parlor, where a tasting of their rich Merlot is offered. You will also visit the Historic Ice House and learn the importance of Valentine Doller’s ice business and how it impacted the development of Put-in-Bay. A sample of their chilled Put-In-Bay Riesling is served for your enjoyment!
Ready for a more substantial tasting? Create a grouping of three or four of their Put-In-Bay Wines or choose from the West Coast, Pelee Island Wines, or Featured Wines. These wines together create a fantastic tasting experience for any wine fanatic. Wines may also be purchased online. The Put-in-Bay Winery offers a variety of sweet and dry wines, all unique in their ways. Order some to take home and have it delived to your Put-in-Bay Hotels
Put-in-Bay Winery Favorites
• Blackberry Wine — a layered style dessert wine is made from 100% blackberries
• Commodore Perry Chardonnay — California white aged in American and French Oak more a clissical wine.
• Red Witch Sauvignon Blanc — Grass and citrus notes and dry
• Celebration — A special occasion wine with a sweet nature
• Pink Catawba — the perfect balance of tart and sweet
• Blackberry Wine — A layered dessert wine is made from 100% blackberries
• Concord — a soft and balanced red
The Valentine Doller House
The Doller House was initially owned by one of the island’s first entrepreneurs, Valentine Doller. The meticulously restored property is a fascinating look into Put-in-Bay’s past. This Italianate style architectural wonder sits right on Lake Erie with stunning views of the Put-in-Bay harbor and Gibraltar Island. Visitors can tour the island life museum and Doller House while visiting the Put-in-Bay Winery.
The Doller House is easy to spot with its yellow and gray brick and wood construction. It was built in two sections — one half is wood, and the other added in 1883, was red brick until painted. The Italianate architecture is accentuated by the tower at the front corner of the structure.
Valentine Doller was a German immigrant who arrived at Put-in-Bay in 1859. He built a general store where the Mossbacks Restaurant and Fishbowl stand today. He also ran the local island Post Office. Doller is perhaps best remembered for his thriving ice business. During those harsh winter months on the island, Doller would harvest ice directly from the lake. He would then store the blocks in the ice house to sell. The only public dock on the island for many years was also owned by Doller
The Doller House is also available for private parties. The waterfront setting offers stunning views of the waterwhile and the backyard is great for dancing. A gazebo is for large events is available. A full catering menu is avaialbe and can accommodate parties anywhere from 10 to 60 guests. Contact the Put-in-Bay Winery to discuss your party plans.