“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.
At Gervasi Vineyard we’re constantly evolving in response to our guests’ feedback. That’s why we’re excited to announce that The Bistro is now offering a wide selection of specialty cocktails and spirits in addition to our award-winning wines!
Stop in and browse through our “1922” cocktail menu, which pays homage to the fateful shootout that occurred right here on the Gervasi estate. We’ve partnered with Columbus-based Watershed Distillery to bring you drinks like the Smoking Gun, Shootout Spritz and Posse Punch. You’ll also find classic cocktails and all your favorite spirits and apéritifs.
Join us tonight for upscale Italian cuisine paired with your favorite libation! For reservations, call 330-497-1000, option 2, or click here to reserve a table online.
GV Destinations is teaming up with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and Taste of the NFL for the “Kick Hunger Challenge.” Now through September 30, when you visit The Bistro, The Crush House, The Marketplace or The Twisted Olive, make a $1 donation to fight hunger in our community, and we will match it.
The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank provides food and other essential items to hunger-relief programs in eight Northeast Ohio counties. Gervasi Vineyard and The Twisted Olive have a combined fundraising goal of $10,000 for the month of September. Join us in supporting this local cause that has a real and lasting impact on hungry men, women and children in our area.
Stop in today and ask your server how to donate!
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.”
The 7th Annual Bellissimo Fine Art & Fine Crafts Show drew more than 50 artists and artisans and a vast array of unique creations. Visitors were asked to vote for their favorite artist, and after 560 votes were tallied, Deborah Russel was named People’s Choice for her glass bottle serving trays.
Deborah’s process begins by melting the bottles for 22-26 hours. If the bottle has a paper label, it takes four extra hours to remove the label, reapply and coat with finish. Each bottle is tempered, which makes it suitable for heating and freezing. The result is a functional dish that can be used for anything from serving appetizers to displaying business cards. She uses many old, antique bottles from brands like Coke, Pepsi and Clorox. The bottles are decorated to match the label and are displayed in a color-coordinated manner. All bottles are unique, and they can be personalized for each customer.
Congratulations Deborah, and thank you to all artists who participated in this year’s event!