Gervasi Vineyard Shopping Cart

Q&A with Andrew Codispoti

Posted on February 18, 2020 in Staff, Winery

Director of Winemaking and Distilling Operations

Andy Codispoti

Describe your experience at Gervasi over the years.
Starting with the Gervasi team in early 2009 to develop and commission the winery has truly been a rewarding experience. It has been a pleasure working with the Swaldo family as the operation evolved and adapted over the years in response to our community of customers. We planted five acres of vineyards that are currently focused on three grape varietals; Marquette, Frontenac Gris and Aromella. Our wine portfolio has grown from 7 wines in 2010 to 24 wines today that we bottle on site. Over our short history, our wines have received distinctions with gold and double gold medals,  Ohio and Finger Lakes wine competitions “Best of Class”,  The Ohio Department of Agriculture Director’s Choice Award for  “Best of” and  2016 Ohio Winemaker of the Year.

What are some ways you try and make the Gervasi experience memorable for guests?
A segment of the Winemaking and Distilling Operations is an extensive tour and tasting program. We offer free public winery tours on Saturdays and free distillery tours on Sundays. In addition, we offer ticketed wine pairing tours on Saturdays and ticketed spirits tasting tours on Sunday. We also offer private wine tastings and tours. We host around 6,000 visitors annually in this program. An out-reach aspect of this program includes off-site wine tasting events across the state such as Vintage Canton and Vintage Ohio. And as possible, we give brief spontaneous “any time tours” to dining or hotel guests.

Provide an insight into all the different dining/drinking experiences at Gervasi. What makes each of them unique?
Gervasi’s diverse complement of dining options give guests a choice of experiences.

The Bistro, housed in a renovated 1823 barn, offers fine dining in an environment of rustic elegance. When entering the space, one sees the structural components of the original barn which pay homage to its humble beginnings in the 1800’s while the period-compatible restorations and furnishings lend luxury and refinement. There is a sense of permanence and longevity in this environment with each of our wines finding themselves at home in this setting.

For those desiring a more casual experience, we have The Crush House. Here one enters a space adjoined to a wine manufacturing operation which carries over as manufacturing chic. Tubular hand rails, steel cables, brick walls with a time worn appeal and windows overlooking the winery give our guests an integrated experience between food, wine and production. Guests can tour the winery for an immersion into the art of wine production. Here one may feel they are at the epicenter of Gervasi’s wine experience.

The Still House is Gervasi’s latest addition to the Canton campus. The architectural elements of The Still House commemorate the centuries old church in Italy where our owner Ted Swaldo’ s mother Maria Gervasi was baptized. The environment is inviting, friendly and inclusive. Guests relax and enjoy this coffee house by morning and cocktail lounge by night.  Soft seating in conversational groupings creates a relaxed comfortable setting for enjoying snacks with cocktails and wine. The distillery equipment gleams through the glassed wall that separates the lounge from the manufacturing space. It links the two spaces and peaks an interest into the mystique of spirituous liquor production.

The Piazza is a vibrant outdoor seasonal setting nestled against the Bistro and adjoining the spring fed lake. It reminds me of piazzas in the cities of the Tuscan country side. Brick pavement, umbrella shaded tables, an outdoor pizza oven, swans patrolling the lake and live music as scheduled. The stone arch seen in the distance reminds me of the ruins adjacent to the Roman Coliseum. This alfresco space is a favorite for my wife and me. Sitting with friends reminiscing about past vacations or while planning future ones with a freshly baked pizza and a bottle of wine is both relaxing and refreshing.

What is the best way to enjoy Gervasi wines?
Gervasi wines are designed to be enjoyed alone as a cocktail or to be paired with one’s favorite foods whether from Gervasi’s menu or at home. My favorite way to enjoy wine is with family and friends.

What is it about your wines that makes it tough to choose a favorite?
One of my greatest pleasures related to Gervasi wine is when I see people enjoying them. When I am with people, I am happy drinking what they like. So if I’m choosing the wine, I consider the preferences of who I am with, the season, the occasion, the place, the food.  In summer, I do gravitate toward our crisp chilled whites such as our Fioretto Sauvignon Blanc or the occasional Zinfandel to complement BBQ. In winter, I lean toward our heartier reds such as Abbraccio Cabernet Sauvignon. I find plenty of opportunity to take pleasure in the others.

What do you think makes Gervasi’s wines so special? What are you doing that sets you apart from the competition?
Most of us like think that our kids (and grandkids) are the smartest, prettiest and most handsome. Without detracting from the outstanding work that my colleagues in the industry are doing, I can share that we are fastidious in all aspects of our winemaking processes. We nurture our estate vineyards by hand so as to produce the finest Family Reserve Wines possible. Grapes, juice and wine products are sourced only from carefully selected premium growers and producers in Ohio and elsewhere in the country. I have been in the vineyards and wineries of those from whom we purchase raw materials. These are operations based on quality, integrity and face to face relationships. We approach winemaking from a posture of passion. Our philosophy is “Winemaking by Design”. Great wine is not an accident. Our wines have the distinction of being served in an elegant ambiance of natural beauty, comfort and luxury which collectively elevate our guest’s overall experience.

View Full Post

Celebrating a Diamond Anniversary

Posted on January 21, 2020 in 10 Year Anniversary

Celebrating a Decade of Growth at Gervasi Vineyard
“Celebrate Life” has been Gervasi Vineyard’s mantra for ten years. The winery resort’s mission is to provide guests with an escape that integrates the pleasure of exceptional wine and food, a beautiful atmosphere and world class service into memorable experiences that last a lifetime.

This year, Gervasi Vineyard is celebrating its diamond anniversary with a host of events that are gem worthy for customers who visit during the month of March.

Beginnings
Gervasi Vineyard’s history began a decade ago when owner Ted Swaldo, inspired by Grandma Gervasi’s (maiden name) and the family’s traditional Italian ways and cooking, saw great potential in an overgrown 55-acre piece of land with a two-hundred-year-old barn all located on the edge of Canton. Ted had a dream of creating a place for people to come to enjoy time together with an alluring bottle of Italian wine and traditional Italian food all served surrounded by vineyards and magnificent landscaping.

Scott Swaldo is the general manager and has been overseeing operations and development.

“We started with the restoration of the barn in 2009, we wanted it to have an Italian feel in the design,” Scott said. “The rustic elegance of the barn is one of the first things visitors notice. After the barn, we built The Pavilion with the same design incorporating elegance, grace and style.”

Timeline of Growth
The Bistro which initially occupied the upper level of the barn, opened March 16, 2010. A few months later, The Piazza (the outdoor dining venue located immediately behind the barn) was opened, and the surrounding vineyards were planted. The Pavilion was also added to the estate the summer of 2010 to host large-scale outdoor weddings and events.

In addition to several distinct restaurants, the property has become home to a winery inside The Crush House (built in October 2013) and many other Tuscan style buildings including:

The GV Experience
Gervasi Vineyard offers several accommodation options for guests seeking a unique overnight experience. Stay in the Tuscan-inspired Villas, the newly-built boutique inn, The Casa, or the restored Farmhouse from the early 1800s. If you’re looking to treat yourself or impress your business partners, you will find luxury packages that combine GV’s finest wines, spirits, dining, and amenities.

Factors for a Decade of Success

  • Creating a unique, world class venue where guests can dine, stay, play, experience great wines and spirits.
  • Having a strong opening by creating an authentic Tuscan experience.
  • Responding to customer desires. The Casa was built because customers wanted more availability of overnight stays on the property.
  • Creating momentum by enhancing guests’ expectations as it relates to the overall Gervasi experience.
  • Fast response to feedback and requests from customers.

Celebration Promotions and Events
In celebration of the customer support over the past 10 years, Gervasi Vineyard is offering several special promotions and events in the month of March including:

Diamond Anniversary Promotions: March 1-31

  • Receive 10 Loyalty Rewards points per dollar spent.
  • $10 off bottles of GV wine on Wednesdays when you dine-in at The Bistro, The Crush House, The Still House, and The Twisted Olive. (Italian Collection excluded).
  • 30% off all GV signature collection products purchased at The Marketplace including apparel, coffee, marinara sauce, chocolates and other logo merchandise (wine and spirits excluded).

Special 10-year anniversary celebrations:

  • GV Classics Wine Pairing Event – March 1 – Price: $22.00 Duration: 1 hour Explore a selection of GV favorite wines paired with GV favorite small bites.
  • Flights & Bites – March 10 – Price: $19.00 – Duration: 1 hour; Visit The Bistro for a unique and interactive tasting experience for our Diamond Anniversary.
  • Solera Wine Release – March 22 – Price $20.00 – Duration: 1½ hours; Special release and tasting of new limited edition Gervasi Wine with appetizers in The Crush House
  • Chocolate Stroll – March 28 – Price: $34.00 Duration: 3 hours; Take a stroll across the Gervasi estate, stopping at multiple venues to indulge in decadent treats!

View Full Post

Favorite Things at The Crush House and Winery

Posted on December 19, 2019 in Holiday

Favorite Things at The Crush House

The Crush House is a contemporary wine bar and eatery featuring appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and select entrées. Visit the expansive bar for wine tastings, cocktails and craft beers. Adjacent to the restaurant is Gervasi’s state-of-the-art winery, where our team of experts goes to great lengths to produce only the finest quality wines.

New Years Eve Gervasi Vineyard“Beyond the Yuletide, carolers and stockings hung tight … What are you planning for New Year’s Eve night? The Crush House is taking reservations to ring the New Year in … A toast of champagne, let the fun begin!”
– Chrissy Glass, Crush House Operations Manager

 

Crush House WineFioretto (Sauvignon Blanc) is definitely one of my go-to wines. Tropical aromas and a soft finish dance with underlying citrus and mineral flavors to present a wonderful balance. Fioretto has a little bit of everything great about white wine, and that’s what makes it so special.”
– David Smith, Winery Manager

Other things we love:

  • Happy Hour – Stop in The Crush House for food and drink specials Monday-Friday from 2-6 pm.
  • Theme Nights – Take advantage of additional discounts Monday-Thursday from 6-9 pm after happy hour.
  • Winery Pairings Tours – Enjoy an in-depth, intimate tour of the winery, enhanced by a tasting of popular Gervasi wines paired with small bites. Tours are available every Saturday at 3 pm and 4:30 pm.

GV Destinations Gift Cards
The perfect fit for anyone on your list! Gift cards are redeemable at both Gervasi Vineyard & The Twisted Olive.

READ ABOUT MORE OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS

View Full Post

Favorite Things at The Casa and Villas

Posted on December 17, 2019 in Holiday

Our Favorite Things at The Casa and Villas

Recognized as the best wine country hotel in the nation by USA Today in 2016 and 2017, Gervasi Vineyard’s accommodations and service are nothing short of exceptional. Our six Villas are each comprised of four spacious suites with cozy fireplaces, heated travertine floors and Tuscan-inspired décor. The Casa, our new upscale boutique hotel, features 24 individual suites with beautiful courtyard views, king-size beds and high-end amenities.

Villa Patio“One of my favorite things at Gervasi is the peaceful, enticing, tranquil setting of the patios at The Villas. The views are spectacular and seem to invite you to simply relax and ‘just breathe’ even if only for a short while!”
– Susan Monteleone, Director of Hotel and Resort Operations

 

Villa Room“Escape to relaxation and much-needed quality time! Our beds are so comfortable and the service and attention to detail make for a perfect getaway. You’ll never want to leave!”
– Frank Nigaglioni, Hotel Services Manager

Other things we love:

  • Italian-Style Breakfast – Every overnight stay includes a complimentary breakfast for two delivered to your suite. Choose from a variety of house-made selections paired with fresh croissants, fresh sliced fruit, assorted juices, teas and coffee.
  • Luxury Stay Packages – Treat someone special to a luxury getaway at The Casa or The Villas!
  • Winter Promos – Limited-time offers are now available for reservations made through March 2020. Take advantage of these special deals while they last!

GV Destinations Gift Cards
The perfect fit for anyone on your list! Gift cards are redeemable at both Gervasi Vineyard & The Twisted Olive.

READ ABOUT MORE OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS

View Full Post

Favorite Things at the Marketplace

Posted on December 12, 2019 in Holiday

Favorite Things at The Marketplace

Enter through the doors of The Marketplace at Gervasi Vineyard and transport yourself to a rustic, cozy shop lifted from the hills of Tuscany!  Here you’ll find unique jewelry and accessories, home décor, wine, spirits, specialty foods and more.

Interchangeables at The Marketplace“One of my favorite things at The Marketplace is our Les Interchangeables Swarovski Crystal stretch satin bracelets. They come in so many colors, and the patterns of crystals are endless. AND, they are the perfect bracelet to stack with all my other bracelets!”
– Traci Singree, Marketplace Operations Manager

UNOde50 at The MarketplaceUNOde50 is definitely my favorite. Hello jewelry! The variety of designs makes it easy to wear any day, anytime, anywhere, for anyone! (Men, too!) The chunky bracelets and cuffs are my go-to for this line. Plus, they accent my bold personality!”
– Sara Maksim, Assistant Marketplace Operations Manager

Other things we love:

  • Gervasi Cioccolatta – Our decadent chocolate bars are crafted with our signature Gervasi Caffè coffee and come in three flavors: Cappuccino, Espresso and Vanilla Latte.
  • Rebel Designs – This beautiful handmade jewelry line is imagined, designed and curated in Brooklyn.
  • Nordic Beach – Cozy up in this warm, comfortable, one-size-fits-all body wrap. Matching head wraps are also available!

GV Destinations Gift Cards
The perfect fit for anyone on your list! Gift cards are redeemable at both Gervasi Vineyard & The Twisted Olive.

READ ABOUT MORE OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS

View Full Post