It's hard to imagine that just down the road from the Football Hall of Fame, there's a vineyard and Italian-inspired bistro with genuine Tuscan claims. But after a visit to Gervasi, Canton might remind you more of wine than football. Gervasi is in North Canton (easily accessible from I-77). The property feels more like a polished resort than a North Canton vineyard.
The main building is a carefully restored 1823 barn. Inside, exposed rafters, wooden floors, "community" tables and a huge stone wall and brick oven set a rustic European tone. There's also an outdoor eating area (with a separate menu) and several event and banquet areas. (Villas for overnight guests opened in 2012.)
Gervasi offers wine flights for $7 (pick any three from 12 varietals). Flights come on a special paddle-shape trays with a small card to track tastes. For the more serious taster, Gervasi has sheets with room for notes. Red wine lovers should try the Truscano (Gervasi's signature wine). Pair your tasting with something from the Bistro (the fig and rosemary pizza is phenomenal). Free winery tours are available on the first and third Saturday of summer months. Expect to spend 20 to 30 minutes. The tour offers unexpected details on everything about the process of winemaking to basic safety.
Note: Gervasi is not open on Sundays. If you come for dinner, make a reservation. Give this place a couple of hours, it's a true estate and exploring it is a great way to work off your meal (and your buzz). Lunch entrees are $7-$15, dinner entrees are $25.