Canton to become a wine lover's destination
Canton will soon be home to a brand new weekend destination for area wine lovers! Gervasi Winery, a 55-acre site currently under construction, will feature a wide variety of wines made from on-site vineyards set amid beautiful surroundings on the city’s northeast end.
The vision of successful businessman and now-agricultural entrepreneur Ted Swaldo, Gervasi Winery is named after Swaldo’s mother. This exciting new project became a reality in December 2008, when Swaldo purchased the property on the site of the former Jabberwalky Tree Farm and began construction. Work to install infrastructure support, relocate trees, and renovate buildings is well underway.
The site’s historic buildings, lush greenery, fertile fields, and five-acre lake offer an ideal location for a winery and vineyard. The complex features a farmhouse built in 1833, a rustic barn, and several other minor structures that will be used in the wine manufacturing process.
The site plan also includes the construction of an stone gate entry, a walking trail on the grounds and other related recreational features. The winery, slated to open in February 2010, is estimated to cost between $2.5 million to $3 million to build the majority of which is privately funded.
The City of Canton is proud to have provided funding assistance for infrastructure improvements on the site that allowed the project to continue. An estimated 15 to 20 full-time jobs will be created by this new business, with approximately 35 additional employees being hired during the busier summer season.
Gervasi Winery promises to be another incredible asset to the City of Canton and its thriving tourism industry. For more information about this project, contact the Department of Development at (330) 489-3258.