Saturday, October 29, 2011

Firelands Winery, the old Mantey Brothers' Place

In 1880, Edward Mantey, originally from Kelley’s Island, purchased land in Venice, a village just west of Sandusky.  Much of the fruit farm was allotted to grapes and Mantey's wine was eventually sold from Pittsburgh to Chicago. This winery eventually became Firelands Winery, which now produces Mantey label wines from grapes grown on North Bass Island.  Winemaker Claudio Salvador oversees the winery operations, and visitors can tour the winery and watch a film about its history and wine-making operations. 

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