Native Ohioans harbor pleasant memories of Heineman’s Winery. A trip to Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island always meant a visit to the winery that has operated continuously, right through Prohibition, since it was founded in 1888 by German immigrant Gustav Heineman.
Generations have tasted the pink Catawba and other island wines poured at Heineman’s, now made by 4th and 5th generation Heineman family winemakers. The winery stayed open during Prohibition by offering tours of the crystal cave, considered one of the world’s largest geodes and whose celestite crystals, ranging from 8 to 18 inches long, cover the walls.
Those who don’t drink wine can enjoy memory-making grape juice after the tour, and everyone can settle into an afternoon of wine and cheese at the Old World wine garden. The winery now serves Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc in addition to sweeter wines, an ice wine, and sparkling wines.