Here’s your chance for a Fall island getaway and the opportunity to celebrate with some award-winning Ohio wines. Just hop a ferry and visit the 13th annual Island Wine Festival being held on Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) at the Put-in-Bay Winery on Saturday, October 3.
Showcasing Ohio wineries in the Lake Erie region, the Island Wine Festival will feature more than 400 domestic and international wines that will be available for tasting. Included in those wines will be some award-winning wines produced at South Bass Island’s own Heineman’s Winery and Put-in-Bay Winery. There will also be plenty of good food from local restaurants and vendors available for purchase including appetizers, sandwiches and fruit & cheese plates.
The Festival will also feature activities like winery tours, grape stomping and a Silent Auction with auction items including vacation packages and large bottles of wine. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the Lake Erie Historical Society. And for you shoppers, there will be grape and winery merchandise for sale.
Sampling tickets for the Island Wine Festival are $1 each. Sample prices range from $1 – $4 with most running $1 – $2. Visitors will be able to purchase a full bottle of wine to take home. Admission to the Island Wine Festival is $6 per person and the price includes a souvenir sampling glass.
Hours for the Put-in-Bay Island Wine Festival are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. You must be at least 21 years of age to participate in the tastings or to buy wine. Parking (for those who bring cars to the island) is free.
To get to Put-in-Bay you will need to come in by boat, fly in or take a ferry. Miller Boat Line Ferries offers regular service to Put-in-Bay at a cost of $7 (one way) for adults. The Miller Ferries leave from Catawba (Route 53 N. off Route 2) and offer an 18 minute ride to Put-in-Bay. Call 800-500-2421 or get online at www.millerferry.com for more information or to buy tickets. You can also catch a ride on the Jet Express out of Port Clinton. Cost is $18 for adults. Call 800-245-1JET or get online at www.jet-express.com for more information or schedules.
For more information about the Put-in-Bay Island Wine Festival, call 419-285-2832 or get online at www.visitputinbay.com. The Put-in-Bay Island Wine Festival will be held at the Put-in-Bay Winery located on Bay View Ave. on the island. It is approximately a one hour drive from Cleveland to Catawba or Port Clinton where you can catch transportation to Put-in-Bay.