Gervasi Vineyard is moving forward with its expansion, announcing the Still House at Gervasi Vineyard and offering a look at the planned hotel.
CANTON Now that construction is underway, Gervasi Vineyard has names for its two newest additions.
The Still House at Gervasi Vineyard is the distillery being built on the southern end of the 55-acre tract. The Casa at Gervasi Vineyard is the 24-room boutique hotel nearby. The project is scheduled for completion later this year or early in 2019.
The additions will join a campus that includes the The Bistro, The Crush House Wine Bar & Eatery and the seasonal Piazza, as well as two lodging facilities, the Villas and the Farmhouse.
The name for the distillery is in line with the Crush House name. Oversized windows will allow guests an inside view of the distillery process. Plans are to open with wine barrell aged bourbon, whiskey, vodka, gin and select liquors and brandy.
That part of the business still be being developed and will evolve as Gervasi seeks a master distiller, the company said in a news release.
The building has been designed to resemble a church, Ted Swaldo, owner and proprietor of GV Destinations, said in the release.
“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," Swaldo said in the release.
Swaldo said the business found a photograph of a mission-style chapel in Tuscany "that we loved," and decided to and incorporate it in the design.
The 10,000-square-foot building will feature high ceilings, wooden beams and pendant lights. There will be two lounges to accommodate small groups and an outdoor cigar lounge that overlooks the estate.
The Still House will be known as a distillery, craft cocktail and cigar lounge by night, but during the day it will transform into a coffee house. It will feature a line of Gervasi blend organic, fair trade, locally roasted coffee. A variety of specialty coffee beverages will be available.
The Casa will be a single-story structure immediately behind the Still House. The 18,000-square-foot luxury hotel will maintain the Tuscan atmosphere and mission decor, featuring off-white stucco with a dark roof, wood accents and wrought iron. Guest rooms feature wall niches and Italian tile inlays, while Italian tile floors will include wood accents, rustic beams and wood ceiling details.
The hotel will have a shared lobby and offer an exercise facility for guests. The suites will be similar to rooms in The Villas, and each will have a covered veranda with access to a private courtyard and pond with gardens.
Guests will be offered five Italian-style gourmet continental breakfasts that will be delivered to rooms. Deluxe in-room services such as spa treatments, messages and yoga also will be available, and guest may order Gervasi wines, specialty foods and flowers delivered to their rooms.
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