Wineries come in all shapes and sizes. Each one has something unique to share in addition to the wine that they produce and serve. Be sure to explore these Ohio wineries for some unexpected activities that are fun for the whole family.
Crystal cave tour at Heineman’s Winery: This Put-in-Bay winery offers a tour like no other. Step into this natural crystal cave, which was discovered in 1897 by Gustav Heineman and is one of the world’s largest geodes. “It’s a natural wonder. You’re not going to be able to find another one as big as that,” says general manager and vice president Dustin Heineman. Try the winery’s popular Pink Catawba wine or its several different cheese spreads while taking a tour of the winery’s historic wine cellar that’s more than 100 years old. 978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, 419-285-2811, heinemanswinery.com
Ferris wheel ride at Old Firehouse Winery: Family fun is the name of the game here at Old Firehouse Winery. Built in 1956, the “Big Eli” Ferris wheel from the now-defunct Erieview Park sits on the grounds of the winery and is open for all. Enjoy views of Lake Erie from atop this classic ride, while wine slushies and a glass of its robust dessert wine — aptly named Port #5 Big Eli — awaits below. “There are serious wineries and there are fun wineries,” says co-owner Donald “Woody” Woodward. “We are a seriously fun winery.” 5499 Lake Road E., Geneva-on-the-Lake, 440-466-9300, oldfirehousewinery.com
Horseback riding at Guggisberg Swiss Inn & Doughty Glen Winery: With a selection of different fruit wines and a view of the scenic Amish countryside, horseback riding feels like a natural addition to Guggisberg Swiss Inn & Doughty Glen Winery in Millersburg. Start off with a guided horseback ride through the rural terrain and finish your visit relaxing by the pond with a glass in hand while watching the horses roam. “We are known for our horses,” says owner Julia Guggisberg. “Because of the riding stable, our horses are very personable.” 5025 state Route 557, Millersburg, 330-893-3600, guggisbergswissinn.com