A Weekend Adventure to Canton Ohio’s Gervasi Vineyard

One lazy weekend last May we had finished renovation projects and I was craving an adventure. I researched all kinds of weekend trips from the Pittsburgh from DC, Baltimore and Cleveland. It turns out it was going to be a wet and windy weekend in all of the locations, so I switched from outdoor adventures to indoor. I started looking at wineries discovering the most beautiful location in Canton Ohio. Gervasi Vineyard features lush grounds, vineyard, lake, villas, the casual Crush House dining and an Italian Bistro restaurant. And of course WINE!

This place was definitely worth the drive. It is so beautiful, even on a rainy cloudy day.

Gervasi Vineyard Bridge

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I was dumbfounded by how gorgeous the Bistro restaurant is. It seems to have been made with an apparent attention to detail. From the looks of it no cost was spared on the hardware, finishes or decor, really creating a lovely ambiance. Here you know you are experiencing someplace special, it is a true treat.

Gervasi Vineyard Bistro

As lavish as the decor is you’d think the menu would be too right? It is! Full of rich, rustic Italian fare, so many delicious choices. Check out the menu here. The best part of all of this? It is affordable. I’m serious. A trip here is a lot more affordable than the usual upscale Italian in downtown Pittsburgh.

Just look at this Caesar salad presentation.

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To me, one of the best things about a visiting a winery is the fun of a wine flight.

Gervasi Vineyard Wine Flight

Plenty of sweet wines for me to try. The Gervasi moscato even made my top 5 list.

Gervasi Vineyard Wine Selection

For my meal I had a deliciously rich braised lamb in au jus + gnocchi dish with goat cheese & rosemary butter. It was delicious, within the top 10 meal of my lifetime.

Gervasi Vineyard Braised Lamb Dinner

And a decadent tiramisu for dessert.

Gervasi Vineyard Braised Tiramisu

I even loved the gift shop. I found this unique necklace for $7 (originally about $35)! I also got a similar one in gold & black, also for $7!

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Well the reason I’m writing about this now is because my boyfriend is about to take me to Gervasi Vineyard again for my BIRTHDAY in just 2 weeks! Woohoo I am so excited. This place is amazing. I’d love to stay here someday, everytime I call it is booked </3. I’ll keep waiting to see the inside of those villas.

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Deep Water Vineyard & Firefly Distillery

Deep Water Vineyard

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While vacationing in Charleston, SC we took an afternoon trip to the beautiful Deep Water Vineyard & Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island. These are located on the same plantation and were originally started by the same family business. The winery came first when a retired couple ventured in growing grapes.

When we arrived we were greeted by a sign advising us to do the wine tasting before the liquor tasting at the distillery. IMG_4024

We joined the next wine tour and sampled 5 delicious wines while watching a video of how the winery was founded and developed. For $5.00, you can taste all 5 of the wines and receive a complimentary wine glass!

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IMG_4113We took a quick break before moving on to the distillery to wander around the farm and meet the animals. We met the resident cow. We were warned that she would head-butt us and she did.IMG_4061

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But the original reason we were there was to sample the Firefly Distillery concoctions.

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Everything was delicious. We spent a good bit of time talking to our barman whose brother and himself have worked for the company for awhile. He had just got back from working for the summer at the resort in the Bahamas affiliated with the distillery. The tasting was $6 per person and we even got to keep the glass! I purchased the Coconut Cake Liqueur and the Peach Moonshine and can’t wait to enjoy!

I was already feeling pretty good after the wine samples. I am known to be the biggest lush, plus I’ve only drank before 5 pm a handful of times in my life. So I was was really done after tasting the 6 Firefly samples of my choosing. Lets just say I had to nap before dinner! The trip to Wadmalaw Island was great fun & I would suggest anyone visiting Charleston to make the trip as well.

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