What started as a defunct and dilapidated 200-year-old dairy barn is now at the centerpiece of an elite travel spot in Canton, Ohio. Gervasi Vineyard has transformed from its humble beginnings to one of Ohio's premier vacation destinations in just over a decade. A lot can change in eleven years; just ask the general manager and CEO for GV Destinations, Scott Swaldo. "As a family, we are so proud of my father's vision that has now turned into Gervasi Vineyard. It is such an accomplishment for a family business. We contribute much of our success to our employees who ensure each experience is pleasurable for our guests," says Swaldo.
With its luxurious accommodations, world-class dining, and unrivaled amenities, it's understandable how some might overlook Gervasi's rich history. After breaking ground on a 55-acre decommissioned tree farm, Scott's father and founder, Ted Swaldo, knew he had something special. "It is the Gervasi promise to develop new endeavors and products that people will enjoy as much as the vineyard and wines," recalled the senior Swaldo. And after a series of necessary renovations and additions, including a hotel and distillery, Gervasi Vineyard remains a dream destination for those seeking life's finest offerings.
Since 2009, Gervasi Vineyard has been playing host to vacationers and locals alike. This family-run destination resort boasts a diverse array of onsite amenities, making it the perfect place to gather with friends and family. Heeding the words of their many visitors, the leadership at Gervasi offers a range of products and services that cater to all tastes. And as much hard work that Ted and Scott have put into Gervasi, they'll be the first to say they couldn't have done it without the help of winemaker Andrew Codispoti and executive chef Jerry Risner. Now, with over 20 wines and a seemingly infinite menu of authentic, homemade Italian cuisine, Gervasi has experienced exponential growth while maintaining exemplary service and a never-ending desire to improve and innovate.
The Swaldos have proven time, and again that thinking outside the box is a rewarding endeavor. While many would have seen a run-down barn as a liability, Ted Swaldo saw it as an investment, and the rest is history. One of Gervasi's most apparent cornerstones is The Bistro. This upscale Italian restaurant has gained national recognition from OpenTable and USA Today. It continues to help exemplify the Swaldos' vision of creating an ideal meeting place for all to enjoy. With their first winery located in the barn's basement, Gervasi Vineyard could produce and sell 5,000 gallons of wine during the first year. Today, they make around 20,000 gallons of wine annually or about 100,000 bottles!
Whether you're vacationing with friends, family, or something in between, Gervasi Vineyard offers an otherworldly travel experience rife with Tuscan-inspired lodging, an unrivaled culinary experience, and arguably the best wine in Ohio. What's more, Gervasi features several live events and entertainment throughout the year that are sure to appease even the most discerning travelers. The Swaldos invite you to embark on new traditions or simply celebrate life at Gervasi Vineyard, no matter your penchants.