Gervasi Vineyard Unveils New Distillery and Boutique Hotel - Cleveland Article
Gervasi Vineyard Releases Details of New Distillery and Boutique Hotel in Canton, Ohio Follow @nyccitiview
The distillery is cleverly named “The Still House at Gervasi Vineyard,” and the word “still” is derived from “distillery.” 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 be home to the distillery and will 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 views of 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.
The project is scheduled for completion in late 2018 to early 2019. Renderings may be viewed at gervasivineyard.com.
ABOUT GERVASI VINEYARD
Located in the heart of Canton, Ohio, Gervasi Vineyard is a unique Tuscan-inspired, upscale winery featuring award-winning wines, craft beer, and fabulous cuisine. Offering breathtaking views of a spring-fed lake, vineyards and nostalgic landscaping across a picturesque 55-acre estate. Gervasi offers an exceptional wine portfolio featuring 28 varietals with a focus on classical European varieties and includes three premier estate-grown North American hybrids. Dine in three distinct restaurants, featuring exceptional cuisine made with only the freshest ingredients. The Italian Bistro, located in the historic barn, features rustic upscale dining. The Crush House Wine Bar & Eatery offers a casual setting featuring a contemporary flair. The seasonal outdoor venue, The Piazza, features traditional, yet casual menu for dining al fresco by the lake. Enjoy boutique shopping in the Marketplace Gift Shop featuring Gervasi wines, specialty items, jewelry and collectibles. Overnight accommodations are available in The Villas, luxurious suites rated by AAA as a Four-Diamond property. Special events include complimentary wine tours, wine and food pairings, seasonal vineyard tours, Cucina classes, live music, art classes, festivals and more. Gervasi Vineyard is located at 1700 55th Street NE, Canton, Ohio, 44721. For more information about Gervasi Vineyard and GV Destinations, visit www.gervasivineyard.com @gervasivineyard on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube or call 330.497.1000.