Gervasi Vineyard keeps growing. Plans were announced earlier this year to build a 24-suite boutique hotel and a distillery at the 55-acre estate, which already boasts several luxury overnight options and restaurants along with its 6-acre vineyard.
The hotel, to be called The Casa at Gervasi Vineyard, is expected to open by early 2019. It will have a Tuscan theme and include an exercise facility. Outside will be a courtyard, pond and gardens.
Nearby will be The Still House at Gervasi Vineyard, a 10,000-square-foot distillery, set to open by the end of this year. Nichole Cardinale, director of sales and marketing for Gervasi, said the building will be a coffeehouse during the day and a craft cocktail lounge with live music in the evenings.
Renderings show the inside of the distillery will look like a church, with arched ceilings and lots of open space. It also will include a cigar lounge and have a tapas menu with craft beers on tap.
Of course, Gervasi’s specialty is wine, and there are plenty of opportunities to get a behind-the-scenes look at how it gets made. Gervasi’s winery is located inside the Crush House, and free 30-minute public tours are offered each Saturday afternoon. There also are food-and-wine tours and private events available for booking. Sampling is offered at the Crush House, which has a tasting bar with at least 15 varieties of wine in stock.
Gervasi bottles white, red, port and dessert wines and has 28 wines that carry the Gervasi label and name. That’s expected to expand this fall, however, when Gervasi adds four high-end wines imported from Italy to its repertoire. They’ll be available for purchase by-the-bottle in both restaurants on the property and for tasting at the Crush House.
In addition to the winery, there are three restaurants on the Gervasi grounds.
“It’s not only award-winning wines and fine quality wines but amazing food,” Cardinale said.
The Bistro, which seats 160 and has private dining rooms for rent, is described as upscale Italian dining. The menu includes pizza, pasta, specialty entrees and family-style plates.
Behind the Bistro and overlooking the lake is the Piazza, open May through October when weather permits. Diners can sit at tables on the patio or bring their own lawn chairs. A menu of shareables, pizza, salad and subs is available for pick-up from the hostess station, as is wine and sangria. There’s live music in the evenings and lawn games.
Gervasi’s winery facility, the Crush House, also has a restaurant with entrees, pasta, sandwiches and appetizers.
While there’s a new hotel planned for the vineyard, there already are places to stay overnight. The property has six villas, each with four suites. Guests receive a complimentary Italian-style breakfast, and every suite has a fireplace and a stone walk-in shower.
For larger parties, there’s a restored farmhouse that sleeps up to eight people. The property is the original 1830 farmhouse and has four bedrooms and a modernized kitchen.
Gervasi Vineyard is located at 1700 55th Street NE in Canton.
What to order:
Gervasi had several wines score big at the 2018 Ohio Wine Competition.
• Passione: A white wine with aromas of citrus, orange blossom, honey, melon. It’s sweet/semi-sweet and one of Gervasi’s family reserve wines.
• Sognata: An “intensely sweet” vidal blanc ice wine with aromas of honey, pear, apricot, tangerine.
• Lascito: A white wine with aromas of pineapple, strawberry and tropical fruits. It’s sweet/semi-sweet and one of Gervasi’s family reserve wines.
• Zin Zin: A dry red wine with aromas of sweet spice, blackberry, black cherry, raspberry, vanilla, mocha and mineral/whetstone.
What we love:
Gervasi is a popular wedding spot, thanks to its three available venues.
There’s the Pavilion, which overlooks the lake and vineyards, and the Villa Grande for indoor events.
And for smaller weddings, there’s the Conservatory, a climate-controlled greenhouse that can accommodate up to 40 wedding guests.