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Published: 6/16/2013


Heineman's Winery on South Bass Island

The Heineman family has been growing grapes and making wine on South Bass Island for 125 years. Founded in 1888 by Gustav Heineman, Heineman’s Winery is the oldest winery in Ohio that has stayed in one family. Gustav Heineman was one of many German immigrants who came to the area around Sandusky and the Lake Erie islands in the late 1800s. CLICK ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

Dustin Heineman checks out grapes in one of the family's vineyards at Heineman's Winery on South Bass Island. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Dustin Heineman checks out grapes in one of the family's vineyards at Heineman's Winery on South Bass Island.
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Dustin Heineman shows the early progress of Niagara grapes in one of the family's vineyards at Heineman's Winery at Put-In-Bay, Ohio. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Dustin Heineman shows the early progress of Niagara grapes in one of the family's vineyards at Heineman's Winery at Put-...
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Dustin Heineman points to celestite crystals in a cave on the property at Heineman's Winery at Put-In-Bay. They claim it is the world's largest geode. A long-time tourist attraction, the cave helped the winery survive prohibition. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Dustin Heineman points to celestite crystals in a cave on the property at Heineman's Winery at Put-In-Bay. They ...
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Dustin Heineman inspects grapes in one of the family's vineyards. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Dustin Heineman inspects grapes in one of the family's vineyards.
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A sign at the vineyards of Heineman's Winery on South Bass Island. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A sign at the vineyards of Heineman's Winery on South Bass Island.
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Dustin Heineman inspects grapes in one of the family's vineyards at Heineman's Winery. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Dustin Heineman inspects grapes in one of the family's vineyards at Heineman's Winery.
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Empty boxes ready for packing at Heineman's Winery in Put-In-Bay, Ohio. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Empty boxes ready for packing at Heineman's Winery in Put-In-Bay, Ohio.
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Three generations of the Heinemans, Dustin, left, his grandfather Louie, and his father Edward, stand in front of oak barrels from the 1940s inside the Heineman's Winery in Put-In-Bay.  The winery is Ohio's oldest family owned winery. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Three generations of the Heinemans, Dustin, left, his grandfather Louie, and his father Edward, stand in front of oak barrels ...
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