The Bistro was recognized by OpenTable as one of the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in the U.S. The 2018 list showcases restaurants that offer breathtaking views of nature, cityscapes or landmarks. Honorees were selected based on an analysis of 12,000,000+ reviews of more than 28,000 restaurants across the country. The Bistro was one of just four venues in Ohio to make the list, along with The Twisted Olive, another GV Destination.
View the 2018 list.
With the construction for the Gervasi distillery and boutique hotel underway, GV Destinations has released the name, renderings and logos for the two new buildings that will reside on the south end of the 55-acre estate.
The distillery is cleverly named “The Still House at Gervasi Vineyard”. A still is an apparatus used to distill liquid mixtures by heating to selectively boil and then cooling to condense the vapor.
Following suit for the name of The Crush House (which houses the winery), The Still House will house the distillery, feature craft cocktails, a cigar lounge, and a coffee house. The large 10,000 sq. ft. structure will feature an extensive line of craft spirits including those locally made. The distillery will open with wine barrel aged bourbon, whiskey, vodka, gin, and select liquors and brandy. The offering of spirits is still under development and will evolve as Gervasi seeks to obtain a master distiller.
“The inspiration for the Italian structure of the distillery is to replicate the look of a church,” said Ted Swaldo, Owner/Proprietor of GV Destinations. “The church, which includes a bell tower, is the center of the town in small villages in Italy, so we felt it was a perfect fit on the Gervasi estate. It is important for us to continue to connect to the Tuscan-inspired feel, but we also wanted to introduce a new design with a fresh look. We found a photograph of a mission-style chapel in Tuscany that we loved and incorporated it in the design.”
The theme of a mission-style church continues inside as the large open structure boasts high ceilings, wooden beams and pendant lights. In the spacious structure, two cozy lounges are accessible for small groups to retreat. Oversized windows will showcase the distillery to allow guests an inside look at the still process. Outside, cigar aficionados can relax at the cigar lounge overlooking the GV estate.
The Still House will be known as a distillery, craft cocktail and cigar lounge by night, but during the day, the church-like structure will transform into a coffee house. The café will feature a new line of Gervasi’s premium blend of organic, fair trade, locally roasted coffee. A variety of specialty coffee beverages will also be available.
The boutique hotel named “The Casa at Gervasi Vineyard” (“casa” translates to the word “house” in Italian), will be built immediately behind The Still House. The single-story structure will host 24 large, luxurious suites. The 18,000 sq. ft. luxury hotel will complement the Tuscan paradise with the same mission décor including off-white stucco with a dark roof, wood accents and wrought iron. Wall niches and Italian tile inlays adorn both the interior and exterior of the guest rooms. Italian tile floors include wood accents; rustic beams and wood ceiling details crown the Tuscan-inspired look.
The Casa will feature a shared lobby and offer an exercise facility for Gervasi guests. The lavish guest suites will mirror the suites in The Villas with high end amenities and features: luxury king-sized beds, in-room fireplaces, heated tile floors, heated towel bars and grand showers, as well as other deluxe amenities. In addition, each guest suite will have a covered veranda with direct view and access to a private courtyard and pond with beautiful gardens.
An offering of five different Italian-style gourmet continental breakfasts is included for overnight guests and will be delivered to guest rooms, as well as the availability of deluxe in-room services such as spa treatments, massages and yoga. Guests may order Gervasi wines, specialty foods, and flowers to be delivered to their room.
Congratulations to the winner of our Ultimate Prize Package, Gloria Mantini of Lorain, Ohio! The raffle was made possible by Gervasi Vineyard, in partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Taste of the NFL, to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
The $5,000 prize package included:
“I love Gervasi Vineyard!” Mantini said. “My husband and I celebrate our anniversary there every year! We when we’re there, we feel like we’ve just taken a trip to Italy. We are just blown away to win this prize! Thank you so much!”
“The addition of a hotel and distillery further exemplifies Gervasi Vineyard as a destination resort,” said Ted Swaldo, Owner/Proprietor of GV Destinations. “To grow strategically, our objective is to listen to our guests and align our business accordingly.”
The two new venues will be built together just across from The Crush House on the southwest quadrant of the property and will boast a Tuscan mission-style motif.
The single-story hotel will host 24 large individual suites featuring king-sized beds, fireplaces, heated floors and other high-end amenities. A covered patio will be adjacent to each room, allowing guests to enjoy the picturesque view of a courtyard and pond. The 18,000-square-foot structure will feature a shared lobby with an exercise facility. Similar to The Villas, the hotel will offer a complimentary Italian-style continental breakfast delivered to each room, as well as deluxe in-room services such as spa treatments, massage and yoga. Guests may also order Gervasi wines, specialty foods and flowers to be delivered to their room.
Further cementing the position as a destination resort in Ohio, the Swaldo family is adding a 10,000-square-foot distillery, which will feature an extensive line of craft spirits. The expansive structure will showcase high ceilings with an oversized window to view the distillery. A craft cocktail lounge and posh cigar lounge will be positioned to overlook the adjacent park trails and creek bed. Public and private tours will be offered, as well as tasting experiences. The distillery will be built next to the south vineyard (in front of the new hotel) and will house a welcome center for guests.
“We are proud to be one of the first wineries in Ohio to break into the craft distillery market,” said Scott Swaldo, Owner and General Manager of GV Destinations. “This provides a great opportunity to expand our demographic into the millennial market and broaden our appeal to consumers seeking a unique experience. Our offering of spirits is still under development, and will certainly evolve. We anticipate beginning with wine barrel-aged bourbon, whiskey, vodka, gin and select liqueurs and brandy.”
Gervasi Vineyard is a prime example of how the City of Canton is supporting growth and development of tourism in our backyard. “Gervasi is a first-class destination for locals and tourists for our great city,” said Tom Bernabei, Mayor of Canton. “The current assets – The Bistro, The Crush House, the winery and The Villas – make me proud that Gervasi Vineyard calls Canton home. The addition of the hotel and distillery will be over the top.”
The expansion is scheduled to be completed in late 2018 or early 2019, with an opening date to be announced.
USA TODAY released its 10Best list of wine country hotels, and The Villas were ranked #1 in the nation! A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.
“As a destination winery resort, we are truly honored and excited to once again be voted as the ‘Best Wine Country Hotel’ in the country,” said Scott Swaldo, General Manager. “We celebrate this significant achievement with our team who have worked so hard to make Gervasi Vineyard a world-class destination.”