Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail an Autumn Delight
By Holly Hammersmith

Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail an Autumn Delight

A journey along the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail is the perfect pairing for an autumn weekend. Enjoy a leisurely trip along this trail which includes wineries on both the mainland and South Bass Island.

This trail includes 13 wineries and takes patrons as far west as Bryan, Ohio (near the Ohio/Indiana border) and as far east as Avon Lake, Ohio (just west of Cleveland). Pick a few wineries to visit or enjoy them all over the course of several days.

Wine varieties on this trail range from ice wine made from frozen grapes at Firelands Winery, to the delightfully sweet Pink and White Catawba Island varieties produced at Mon Ami Winery. This area of Ohio is well-known for it’s summertime season, but the best is yet to come this fall. Enjoy a crisp breeze and the colors of autumn while sipping your choice of red, white or blush wine. Wineries on this trail include:

Chateau Tebeau Winery (Helena, Ohio)

D & D Smith Winery (Norwalk, Ohio)

Firelands Winery (Sandusky, Ohio)

Heineman’s Winery (Put-in-Bay, Ohio)

Hillside Winery (Gilboa, Ohio)

John Christ Winery (Avon Lake, Ohio)

Klingshirn Winery (Avon Lake, Ohio)

Matus Winery (Wakeman, Ohio)

Mon Ami Restuarant & Historic Winery (Port Clinton, Ohio)

Paper Moon Vineyards (Vermilion, Ohio)

Quarry Hill Winery (Berlin Heights, Ohio)

Stoney Ridge Winery (Bryan, Ohio)

Vermilion Valley Vineyards (Wakeman, Ohio)

For more information about this wine trail or other wine trails in Ohio, visit the Ohio Wine Producers Association online. Trail maps, itineraries and more area also available. Consider pairing this trip with other activities in the region — from a visit to Cedar Point amusement park, a selection of indoor waterparks, bird watching or a breath-taking sunset. The Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center can help assist with local activity and lodging options.

About the Author

Holly Hammersmith is an Ohio native and Cleveland-based writer. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, and previously spent time as a news reporter for the Sandusky Register and The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She enjoys visiting local coffee shops, day-tripping and has a passion for Lake Erie. Holly lives with her husband and half-dozen houseplants. Find Holly at