Skip the expensive plane tickets and lengthy trip of going to Italy. Instead drive about an hour south to Gervasi Vineyard for a remarkably authentic taste and feel of the European countryside. The sprawling 55-acre campus, which includes five acres of grapes, features a winery and distillery, four restaurants and luxury villas and hotel rooms for an all-inclusive experience.
With 34 wines to try — 24 of which are bottled on-site — you’ll want to make sure you’re here for a few days to sample them all. The biggest seller, the Abbraccio cabernet sauvignon, is a full-bodied blend of several California vineyards from different regions.
“The wine represents an integration of terroirs,” says Andrew Codispoti, director of winemaking and distilling operations. “With restrained oak, its focused structure conveys balance and elegance.”
While wine is central to the experience, guests can partake in culinary classes, listen to live music or host a friendly game of bocce.
“A key part of our overall attractiveness and success lies not only in the quality of our products and services,” says Codispoti, “but also in the breadth of experiences offered.” 1700 55th St. NE, Canton, 330-497-1000, gervasivineyard.com
Try This: The 2020 Fioretto sauvignon blanc ($25) delivers aromas of lemon grass, citrus fruits and tropical undertones.