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Cantino Cellar Room is a charming, rustic space located on the lower level of the Bistro.
The focal point of the Cantino Cellar Room is a grand wood-burning fireplace. The room features beautiful stonework, wood ceilings, and French doors that open to a brick terrace with panorama views of the lake.
Located on the terrace behind the Bistro, the Piazza Outdoor Patio is a sea- sonal venue with casual dining and enter- tainment. “This is a popular place for guests to mingle throughout the wedding week- end,” Cardinale says. “Live music is offered every evening, and we have cornhole and bocce courts for a fun, casual atmosphere.”
Comprehensive catering package
Event coordinators on staff at Gervasi Vineyard help the bride plan her dream wedding, from the décor to the reception menu. Gervasi has recommendations for the flowers, wedding cake, entertainment and other local vendors.
Catering packages include 60-inch round tables and chairs, linens, dinner service, coffee and tea service, appetizers, wedding cake cutting service and much more. A group food tasting for the bride and groom and up to four additional guests is also included.
The catering menu features a wide vari- ety of Italian-inspired food and drink options, such as Tuscan Beef Shortribs,
Beef Wellington, Chicken Marsala with Roasted Portabella Caps, Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Basil Pesto and Grilled Veg- etable Napoleon. Gervasi offers both plated and buffet dinner options for the reception.
For cocktail hour, Gervasi has a wide variety of unique appetizer selections, such as Mini Caprese Skewers with Aged Balsamic, Hand Rolled Cheese Sticks with Marinara, Marcona Almond Stuffed Dates, and Lobster Phyllo Triangles.
All about the wine
The Crush House is a state-of-the-art winery, wine bar and eatery. Housed in a modern industrial facility, this chic, loft- like venue offers private dining areas and balcony seating with a fireplace.
“When Gervasi first opened, everything was housed at the Bistro – an upscale restaurant on the upper level and the win- ery on the lower level. We quickly outgrew that space and built The Crush House, which offers winery tours, casual dining and a trendy wine bar,” Cardinale explains.
The second floor balcony provides spec- tacular views of the creek bed and south vineyard. For private events, the Vineyard Room accommodates 10 to 24 guests while the Indoor Tower Room and Outdoor Tower Room accommodate eight to 12 guests. The centerpiece of the Indoor Tower Room is a dramatic chandelier designed with more than 300 Gervasi wine bottles.
Winery tours and exclusive wine pairings are an entertaining activity for
bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners and other small gatherings. Gervasi offers 27 varieties of wine.
“Of the 27 Gervasi wines, three are estate wines created from grapes grown in our own vineyards,” Cardinale says. “Seventeen are created from grapes and juice shipped directly from California, Washington, New York and other parts of Ohio. In addition, Gervasi imports Italian wines in partnership with wineries from the Piedmont region of Italy.
Gervasi’s best-selling red wine is called Truscano – Sangiovase, the vineyard’s trib- ute to the outstanding wines of Italy with hints of plum, black currant and subtle oak. The most popular white wine, Lucello – Pinot Grigio is light and crisp with layers of citrus and green apple.
Romantic retreats
The Tuscan-inspired Gervasi Villas – an upscale boutique inn with six villas (each comprised of four unique suites) – are the ultimate in luxury. Named after a different region or city in Italy where the Swaldo family has visited, each villa has a shared living room and patio overlooking Lake Gervasi. The bride and groom can reserve an individual suite or the entire villa.
“The Gervasi Villas sit around the lake, providing stunning views of our lavish grounds,” Cardinale says. “Every suite is different, but they each have a comfort- able feel with rich colors, large floor mirrors, canopy beds and hand-selected décor from Italy.”
These amazing accommodations fea- ture rustic fireplaces, heated travertine limestone floors, stucco walls and exposed beam wood ceilings. Amenities include flat-panel TVs, rain showers, heat- ed towel bars and luxury soaps from Italy. In the shared common areas, refrigerators
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