Nestled among the rolling, picturesque hills of Ohio’s Amish countryside is Der Marktplatz. This is the home of Breitenbach Wine Cellars, exclusive producer of an extensive array of award-winning grape, fresh fruit, and berry wines. Our store in Amish Country is open Monday-Saturday from 9-6. Our cafe is open Monday-Saturday from 12-3. Our wines are made on the premises, and visitors are invited to enjoy a winery tour during our Dandelion May-Fest held the first Saturday of May.
Breitenbach Wine Cellars is a proud member of Ohio Wine Producers.
We invite you to learn more about us and perhaps purchase some of our award winning wine!
In 1980 Breitenbach Wine Cellars was built by winemaker, owner Duke Bixler. The name “Breitenbach” is German meaning “bright or broad stream”- the name of the stream that runs through the winery grounds. Initial production at Breitenbach was 1,500 gallons of grape and fruit wine. After several expansions Breitenbach now produces over 40 varieties of grape and fruit wines with an annual result of over 150,000 gallons. Over the years, Duke, along with his wife, Cynthia and daughters Anita and Jennifer have kept the quality of Breitenbach alive.
Three of the original labels of Frost Fire, Roadhouse Red and First Crush continue to be the most popular wines. In 2001 Frost Fire was named best-of-class and gold medal at the Los Angeles County Fair Wine Competition. The name “frost fire” gets its origins from the effect that the sun makes as it glistens through ice on the trees in the winter. In 1985 First Crush, a sweet blush, was awarded the winery’s first gold medal at the Eastern International Wine Competition. “Roadhouse Red” has been named “an example of American greatness” at the Jefferson Cup Invitational in Virginia.
In addition to Labrusca varieties Breitenbach also produces some outstanding Viniferas as well. Whites include Viognier- which won gold and best of class at Pacific Rim Competition in 2007, a dry and a sweet Riesling and reds Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz, Zinfandel and Sangiovese. Festival., the winemaker’s Italian-style blend won the gold medal from the American Tasting Institute in San Francisco in 2000.
An unusual wine that has been a mainstay for Breitenbach is Dandelion wine. In keeping with the “country wine” tradition, local Amish families handpick the dandelion blossoms to create the sweet wine. The first weekend in May, Breitenbach hosts their Annual Dandelion May Fest and National Dandelion Cookoff on the winery grounds. Cellar tours, dandelion food and wine sampling is available as well as activities and entertainment.
Each year thousands of guests visit Breitenbach Wine Cellars making it “one of the most visited wineries in the country”. The gift shop also serves as a tasting room. The deli case features gourmet foods as well as locally made cheeses and smoked meats. Café Breitenbach is open for wine by-the-glass, gourmet salads, panninis and desserts.
Breitenbach Wine Cellars is located between Dover and Sugarcreek just 5 minutes west of I-77 on State Rt. 39.
Breitenbach Wine Cellars to Unveil New Additions
One of the most talked-about subjects of local conversations is what is happening at the old Alpine Hills facility. Since the purchase of the property by Dalton Bixler in November 2010, the new Roadhouse Amphitheatre has undergone extensive renovations, including securing the area with fencing, lighting, security cameras, and patrolling of the premises and adding new vineyards with over 10,000 grapevines and 2,000 blackberry bushes, which were planted last spring and have survived their first winter.
As part of the renovations, the amphitheatre bowl and stage, which have hosted some of the biggest names in music including The Beach Boys and Johnny Cash, have been completely restored and will be used as the new venue of the 19th Annual Dandelion Festival. The extended parking facilities will handle the crowds expected for this year’s Festival and Dandelion Cook-Off. Along with being among the first to experience the new facilities, festivalgoers will also be the first viewers of the new 2 ½ story wine cellar addition. The Tool Shed, as referred to by Bixler, will become part of an authentic living and working agricultural museum open to observation of winemaking’s tools of the trade, displaying techniques used in the craft for centuries as well as housing the new barrel-aging and fortification of of ports and sherries. The Tool Shed is also being used as the home of a new line of premium Amish Country wines. Although the entire facility is not yet completed at this time, it will be able to handle the Dandelion Cookoff with extensive area for seating and display as well as tasting. The Tool Shed, along with the new pavilion, offers potential for a multitude of food and wine events with the possibility of day rentals. The new facility will also feature charging stations for visitors’ electric automobiles and motor homes for the day.
The 20th annual Dandelion May Fest will be held May 3 and 4, 2013 at the Roadhouse Amphitheatre at 5840 Old Rt 39 in Dover.