The individuals on our team work together to ensure our guests have an amazing experience. They are active participants, taking the initiative to help make things happen. They consistently look beyond their own roles for ways to contribute to the team’s success.
Administration & Operations
I joined the team in November of 2009 and am responsible for the oversight of all operations and development. After several career changes I feel like this was what I was meant to do. I love working at Gervasi because of the great people I get to work with everyday who are passionate about what they do and it allows me to be creative and focus my efforts on providing our customers a memorable experience, our employees an opportunity to grow and an enjoyable place to work. What makes the Gervasi experience amazing is our ability to make people feel like they have truly escaped or have been transported to somewhere very special.
Favorite GV Spot: The Piazza during a warm summer night at dusk, the gas lanterns lit, the music playing…the feeling is incredible.
Favorite GV Dish: Tuscan Beef Short Ribs
Favorite GV Wine: Truscano
Favorite Quote: “Staying the same is falling behind.”
I joined the Gervasi team in December of 2009. I manage all of our social media outlets and interact with Gervasi’s on-line community. I am also responsible for monitoring and responding to on-line reviews of Gervasi. I enjoy chatting with Gervasi’s customers and learning more about their experiences here as well as their suggestions. I feel a huge sense of responsibility to promote and advertise Gervasi Vineyard™ and to protect our brand by using social media. I never want our on-line interactions to lose their personal touch!
Favorite GV Spot: The Tavola Lunga, right in front of the big picture windows in the Bistro. I like to sit with my back to the window and watch our customers come and go. Nothing makes me happier than our guests’ smiles!
Favorite GV Dish: Tuscan Beef Short Ribs
Favorite GV Wine: Primitivo! I love the big, bold reds in the winter months but in the summer I drink Lucello.
Favorite Quote: “You are only as good as the people on your team.” -Ted Swaldo
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Experienced Chief Financial and Executive Officer with a strong work history in the Machinery Industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Sales, Retail Category Management, China Manufacturing and Strategic Sourcing. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, my boat, the Bahamas, and my family.
Favorite GV Spot: Early Mornings, before my day starts I enjoy the serenity of flying my drone over our beautiful property.
Favorite GV Dish: Italian Smash Panini – Italian Meats, Provolone, Pickles, Mustard Aioli.
Favorite GV Wine: Amarone, I enjoy the full bodied nature of this wine and think the process to dry and age the grapes before production is fascinating
Favorite Quote: There is no Substitute for hard work -Thomas Edison
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER – FOOD & BEVERAGE
I joined the Gervasi team in January of 2010, working in a variety of roles on Gervasi’s main property and at The Twisted Olive™ (sister location). I currently am responsible for all Food and Beverage outlets to ensure our guests have the best quality dining experience we can offer. After working in a variety of upscale hospitality venues it became apparent to me that this family business is very different from the norm, of the sometimes grueling hospitality industry. The continual push to be our best, surpass previous goals, and exceed guests expectations is THE norm here. Words cannot express how fulfilling it is to know I work with a team that shares the same core values. It is easy to feel amazed when you step foot on our property, but beauty is not enough to continue to amaze our repeat guests. Our exceptional staff is what makes this destination truly one of a kind.
Favorite GV Spot: The round table right in front of the fireplace in the Bistro on a snowy winter night
Favorite GV Dish: House Made Gnocchi
Favorite GV Wine: The Abbraccio, our Cabernet is my favorite. It is full bodied red, the perfect thing to relax with after a long but enjoyable day.
Favorite Quote: “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” -Ernest Hemingway
SPA OPERATIONS MANAGER
I moved to Canton, Ohio from San Diego, California in September. My husband grew up in the area and we wanted our 6-year-old daughter to be closer to family. I have been in the Spa Industry for 20 years beginning as a Licensed Massage Therapist, transitioning into management, and have had the opportunity to work at some of the most prestigious resort spas in the country! I am beyond grateful that I have been entrusted to open The Spa at Gervasi Vineyard as the Operations Manager! Having the ability to help create something magical here is truly a privilege!
Favorite GV Spot: I love driving through the entrance to Gervasi. It makes you feel like there is magic ahead, and indeed there is…
Favorite GV Dish: Chicken Piccata at the Bistro
Favorite GV Wine: Although I love most wines, my favorite is Abbraccio, paired with a great steak!
Favorite Quote: “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ― Marilyn Monroe
I joined Gervasi in July 2022 as the Controller. I have been in accounting for over 20 years, and I am beyond thankful that I get to work with such an amazing group of people. I am grateful that I get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Gervasi every day right here in our community. Even though I work behind the scenes, it is still rewarding to walk the grounds, see the smiling faces of our customers and getting to be a part of it. In my free time I enjoy kayaking, hiking, reading, and spending quality time with the special people in my life.
Favorite GV Spot: The small bridge between The Villas and The Piazza overlooking the water.
Favorite GV Dish: Strawberry Salad
Favorite GV Wine: Truscano, but really enjoy Lascito in the summer
Favorite Quote: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
I joined the Gervasi Vineyard team in June of 2021 as the Marketing Director. I love how creative I can be while showcasing everything Gervasi Vineyard has to offer. I am in awe everyday when I drive into the beautiful Tuscan inspired property, it reminds me that we are so lucky to have this gem in Canton, Ohio. I so enjoy that I am not only marketing Gervasi Vineyard but I am also marketing those special moments families and loved ones will cherish for a lifetime.
Favorite GV Spot: Sitting by the lake in one of the Adirondack chairs. It is such a picturesque view of the lake, willow trees, and the Villas in the background.
Favorite GV Dish: Blackened Salmon from the Bistro
Favorite GV Wine: ZinZin
Favorite Quote: “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.”
I joined Gervasi full time in May of 2021 as a Piazza Support Manager. I had previously served a summer on the Piazza but was recruited back the next summer transitioning into management. I entered the role with very little experience and was challenged each day! I spent the next year working in FOH management until November of 2022 where I have transitioned in to a hiring and operations support role.
Favorite GV Spot: The Tower room in the Crush House
Favorite GV Dish: Kabob Platter on the Piazza
Favorite GV Wine: Amarone
Favorite Quote: “Life is either an incredible adventure, or its nothing at all”
Hotel & Resort Operations
DIRECTOR OF HOTEL AND RESORT OPERATIONS
I joined the team in February of 2010. It is my responsibility to ensure all guests visiting the Gervasi Vineyard experience all we have to offer, and for guests to walk away wanting to schedule a return visit. I love working here because even though we have separate venues and separate buildings, we work as one team. Our ability to transport our guests to a place and time that allows them to enjoy old world class and an overwhelming sense of style makes the Gervasi experience amazing.
Favorite GV Spot: Sharing food and wine at the Tavola. It’s great to begin an evening with a few old friends and to walk away with a few new ones.
Favorite GV Dish: Artisan Piatti
Favorite GV Wine: Piove
Favorite Quote: “Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
EVENT SALES MANAGER
I joined the Gervasi team in 2021 as a server at The Bistro. I just graduated from Walsh University with my MBA and transitioned to my new role. As the Event Sales Manager I’m here to help people find the perfect space to hold their event! I’ve been in the hospitality industry for 7 years and I’m excited to transition to my new role at Gervasi!
Favorite GV Spot: The Piazza while there is live music.
Favorite GV Dish: TTO’s Chipotle Potato Soup
Favorite GV Wine: Franciacorta
Favorite Quote: “If you’re doing what everyone else is doing, you’re doing it wrong.”
EVENT SALES SPECIALIST
My husband and I got married May 28, 2022. We have two rambunctious dogs, Benji (a labradoodle) and Beau (a sheepadoodle). In my spare time I love to play tennis.
I was very excited to start at Gervasi Vineyard in May 2023. I help guests find a perfect space on property to host events with their friends, families and loved ones.
Favorite GV Spot: Sitting in a chair by the lake enjoying the view.
Favorite GV Dish: Chicken Piccata and the Caesar Salad at the Bistro
Favorite GV Wine: Sognata
Favorite Quote: Gratitude makes sense for our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
EVENT SALES SPECIALIST
I started at Gervasi Vineyard in 2022 and I help guests find a perfect space on property to host events with their friends, families and loved ones. I have been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and just love it! People enjoy viewing the Gervasi property and starting their planning process for amazing events that will be held here so much and it’s such a joy being able to help start that process.
Favorite GV Spot: Standing in the Pavilion looking across the pond! So beautiful
Favorite GV Dish: Strawberry Salad with Grilled chicken at the Crush House
Favorite GV Wine: Velluto
Favorite Quote: Expect nothing. Appreciate everything.
EVENT SERVICES MANAGER
I joined the team in May of 2012 and assist guests in planning and executing their dream event. I love working here because of the teamwork. The beautiful scenery, wonderful food and wine and the amazing atmosphere make Gervasi an amazing experience for guests and staff.
Favorite GV Spot: Standing in the Pavilion looking out across the Lake
Favorite GV Dish: Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce
Favorite GV Wine: Abbraccio
Favorite Quote: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only turns on the light” -Albus Dumbledore
I eagerly joined the Gervasi team in November of 2021. After a few years in the bridal industry I wanted to expand my knowledge and experience and what better place to do that than Gervasi Vineyard! Growing up in the area, Gervasi has had a reputation for good food, great wine, and beautiful weddings, that’s the exact culture I’m thrilled to be a part of!
Favorite GV Spot: the Casa Lobby
Favorite GV Dish: The Cannoli’s
Favorite GV Wine: Lascito
Favorite Quote: “Patience is virtue”
After earning my degree in Communication Arts (Marketing and Public Relations), I began working at Gervasi in June of 2020. I supported the events team as a server and bartender until I accepted a new role as Event Coordinator in October of 2021. While this isn’t a position that I originally envisioned for myself, it’s one that I’ve come to love— Everyday, I’m challenged to utilize my strengths in problem-solving and organization, while growing relationships with my clients. There’s a strong sense of community at Gervasi and I feel very thankful for the friendships I’ve made with my coworkers, while we support each other and make memories as a team. During my free time, I enjoy being with family, going out or hosting dinner parties, watching Cleveland sports, running, and traveling!
Favorite GV Spot: A quiet spot along the lake
Favorite GV Dish: Tough one! A Sicilian salad with salmon, or brussels sprouts from the Twisted Olive
Favorite GV Wine: Amarone or Bellina
Favorite Quote: “Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.” – Maya Angelou
I joined the Gervasi team in October of 2022 as a special events server. An opportunity presented itself in January 2023 and I accepted a new position as an Event Coordinator. I have had past experience working as a graphic designer and a photographer in the wedding industry so I’m very excited to now step into the coordinator role, and help our guests pull off their perfect event. I have the honor of working with the best co-workers who share the same passion for the job as I do. It’s a dream to be working in such a collaborative, creative, and beautiful environment such as Gervasi.
Favorite GV Spot: The Still House
Favorite GV Dish: The Strawberry Salad for the Crush House
Favorite GV Wine: Abbraccio
Favorite Quote: “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right… and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together”.
Chef Ryan Bowen
CORPORATE RESORT EXECUTIVE CHEF
I joined the team in January of 2010. I am responsible for preparing all the food for weddings, corporate and other special events at Gervasi, as well as any off-site events. What I love most about working here is the people I get to work with each day, the new challenges and the opportunities they provide that allow me to continue learning. The level of teamwork and working relationship between the entire event staff is great. Everyone does whatever is needed to ensure that every wedding and special event will meet or exceed the expectations of the guests.
Favorite GV Spot: The path leading from the Pavilion to the Villa Grande on a busy night
Favorite GV Dish: Any of the soups from the Bistro menus, especially the Corn Soup in the summer
Favorite GV Wine: Primitivo and Bellina
Favorite Quote: “”When you acknowledge, as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear: to make people happy, that is what cooking is all about”
Chef Casper Mast
VILLA GRANDE EXECUTIVE PASTRY CHEF
I started at Gervasi in the summer of 2015 as a dishwasher at the Villa Grande, I worked my way up and learned everything I could from so many talented people until I became the Pastry Chef. I love the fine science behind baking and how everything comes together.
My favorite part of my job is the opportunity to work in the Villa Grande and seeing all the weddings come to life and each couples own personal touch. Champagne Ladies, Bride and Groom Alpacas, Cultural Dances, Horse drawn Carriages, The Cakes, The Gowns, The décor. You get to see into each couples fairy tale wedding and I don’t think anything could be more special.
Favorite GV Spot: My Favorite Spot in the Winter is in front of the Bistro, Especially if you can catch the fresh early snow and the big tree is encased in ice. it just looks like a winter wonderland!
In the Fall, it’s in front of the Crush House because I feel you can see the most trees and its so vibrant in color.
In the summer, it’s on little bridge near the lake by the Piazza. With all the weeping willows and the water going over the rocks on the other wide of the bridge. It’s like a painting!
Favorite GV Dish: Definitely the beef gnocchi and the hazelnut brownies!
Favorite GV Wine: I’m a sucker for dessert wine, so it’d have to be Sognata or Moscato
Favorite Quote: “It’s gonna be champagne wishes and caviar dreams from now on” – Donkey (Shrek)
CRUSH HOUSE EXECUTIVE CHEF
I joined the Crush House team back in June of 2021. Before starting my journey here at Gervasi, I was a prep cook at Ashland University where I initially started cooking. When I came to The Crush House my hobby of cooking quickly turned into a passion. I joined the team here as a line cook and quickly moved through the levels of management, becoming the executive chef. Over these past two years I learned so much from the prior Executive Chef, Tori, as well as the other fellow chefs on property. Now it’s my top goal to serve our guests with the best dishes and experience The Crush House has to offer.
Favorite GV Spot: The Piazza hands down is my favorite place. I love to eat outside and being able to admire all the beauty that nature has to offer there. Not to mention the different experiences you can have depending on the evening. There’s nothing better than getting to enjoy a meal with my favorite pup or listening to live music while I sip on my favorite cocktail.
Favorite GV Dish: Crispy Formaggio Chicken Linguine is my new favorite dish. Between the delicious crispy chicken and the linguine coated in a creamy Formaggio cheese sauce, I finish my meal with a full feeling and a happy heart every time.
Favorite GV Wine: Lascito. The flavors of tropical fruit and strawberries make it feel like sipping on the taste of summer and good memories.
Favorite Quote: “This isn’t a crush house, it’s a crush home.” – Crush House Kitchen Slogan
The Bistro and The Piazza
BISTRO & PIAZZA OPERATIONS MANAGER
I started on The Piazza as a server in June of 2020. I knew from my first day that something was unique about Gervasi. There is a warmness that comes from the staff property wide and it is special to work with people who care about each and every guest as well as each other. In May of 2021 I accepted a management position. I would have never envisioned myself in my current role, and I am grateful and excited to have landed somewhere that challenges me daily while helping me grow. My favorite part of my job is watching employees gain confidence in their roles and being there to support them on a daily basis. Gervasi is such a special place where so many come to celebrate big life events. Being able to play a part in that is so rewarding. During my free time you can find me somewhere with my two dogs, probably fishing or kayaking on the lake.
Favorite GV Spot: Warming up by The Piazza fire pit after a busy fall evening
Favorite GV Dish: Mushroom Ravioli from The Bistro
Favorite GV Wine: Bellina
Favorite Quote: “Expose yourself to your deepest fear, after that you are free” Jim Morrison
BISTRO & PIAZZA ASSISTANT MANAGER
Ever since I was little, I have been fascinated with food, and feeding those around me. From working in grocery stores, to culinary school, and many restaurants in between, that passion has only grown with time.
I started working with Gervasi as an Event Bartender, and as a Bartender on The Piazza in the spring of 2022 and moved into The Bistro as bartender the following winter. Most recently I have stepped into the role as Assistant Manager for The Bistro and Piazza as of Fall 2023. Being surrounded by so many people who are just as passionate about hospitality is infectious and motivating, and I am so blessed to be a part of this team! I’m looking forward to helping these teams exceed guest expectations and creating memorable experiences for guests and staff alike.
Favorite spot: The Stone Archway by The Pavilion overlooking the lake.
Favorite GV Dish: Chicken Picatta at The Bistro
Favorite GV Wine: Barile Collection – Cabernet Sauvignon Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Favorite Quote: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore
WINE STEWARD & BISTRO EVENT COORDINATOR
I joined the Gervasi team in October of 2012, working as a server in The Bistro. My role at The Twisted Olive™ is the point of contact after you book your special event with us! Together we will make certain that your event will not only be special but extraordinary as well. I wanted to be the wine steward because of the passion that I have for wine, the process of making wine, and of course Gervasi. I am looking forward to working with the winery team to further my education and then passing that education on to not only employees but guests as well. To be a part of a team that not only strives for excellence and growth but makes you feel part of the family, is indescribable. The level of professionalism and standards set are everything that I love about the GV Destination venues. From top to bottom both properties nail the definition of what a perfect experience is. The landscape, the food, the service, and most certainly the wine, come together to create Gervasi Destinations.
Favorite GV Dish: The Twisted Olive™ Seared Sea Scallops with Red Pepper Jam and Fresh Basil Cream.
Favorite GV Wine: I appreciate ALL wine, but of course I do have some favorites! The Malvasia Bianca is my favorite white because I love the perfect blend of the floral and citrus notes. The Abbraccio is such a wonderful cabernet with a nice round finish.
Favorite Quote: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” -Zig Ziglar
BISTRO EVENT COORDINATOR
I started at Gervasi in spring of 2020, after having just moved here from Canada. I’ve been working in the hospitality industry for over 10 years in so many different areas, and coming to Gervasi Vineyard Resort & Spa, I knew there were many great opportunities for growth in any direction. I’ve been serving in the Bistro and casually working with the event team here for the past 2 years, and could not be more excited for my position as an Event Coordinator. One of my favorite things about my job is the team I get to work with. They all make being so far from home a bit easier each day. I know I’ve made connections for life here.
Favorite GV Spot: The Sin Room covered patio at the Still House, rain or shine, it’s always such a fun vibe out there.
Favorite GV Dish: The Chipotle Potato Soup from The Twisted Olive, it’s heavenly!
Favorite GV Wine: So hard to choose 1!
Red: ZinZin | Rosé: Franciacorta | White: Fioretto
Favorite Quote: “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho
The Crush House and The Still House
CRUSH HOUSE OPERATIONS MANAGER
I worked here at Gervasi for six years before returning to the team in June of 2021. I’ve worked in several venues, including The Bistro and The Twisted Olive, but have spent most of my time in various roles at The Crush House. Of all my time in various places, I have to say that Gervasi is, truly, a special entity. It is wonderful to work at a place where there are so many fun places to visit and beautiful sights to see. There is nothing I enjoy more than to work for a locally owned company that pours so much of itself into the business and its employees. It is evident just how much the Swaldo family cares in the continued growth and success of of everything here.
Favorite GV Spot: Probably any of our bars. As a former bartender, I enjoy the “controlled chaos” that happens there on a busy night.
Favorite GV Dish: Apple and Dried Fig Salad with Salmon at TTO. I also love the brussels sprouts there!
Favorite GV Wine: Velluto
Favorite Quote: “Do I need to be liked? Absolutely not. I like to be liked. I enjoy being liked. I have to be liked, but it’s not like this compulsive need to be liked, like my need to be praised.” — Michael Scott, The Office
CRUSH HOUSE ASSISTANT MANAGER
I recently joined the Gervasi team and am responsible for helping run the day to day operations here at The Crush House. After working in the restaurant industry for 11 years, I knew right away that Gervasi was special. Working in restaurants has always been a passion of mine and I could not have found a better fit for myself than here at GV! I am continuously shown daily what a wonderful company and team I have joined. In my free time you can find me spending time with my children, reading, or trying new foods.
Favorite GV spot: The bridge overlooking the lake
Favorite GV dish: The Crush House Smoked Pork Chop
Favorite GV Wine: Dolce Sera
Favorite Quote: “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible form of magic” Albus Dumbledore
STILL HOUSE OPERATIONS MANAGER
I grew up in Ohio and later moved to New Orleans where I attended Tulane University, and began my career in the service industry on Bourbon Street. I continued to do so for nearly 18 years working at multiple bars, restaurants and live entertainment venues. I recently moved back to Ohio with my wife, Ashton, and son, Cullen, and joined the Gervasi family in May of 2021.
Favorite GV Spot: The Still House
Favorite GV Dish: Smoked Pork Chop from The Crush House
Favorite GV Wine: Abbraccio
Favorite Quote: “ If you aren’t gonna say exactly how and what you feel, you might as well not say anything at all.” – Johnny Cash
Wine & Spirits
I joined the team in December 2011 and coordinate with the winemaking team to ensure quality control throughout the winemaking process, manage the laboratory and perform all necessary analyses, maintain bottling equipment and oversee bottling operations. Gervasi promotes a positive working environment with an emphasis on quality. As part of the winemaking team I feel this facilitates my desire to craft exceptional wines. I find Gervasi to be an immersive experience. Once you drive through the iron arch beautiful scenery gives a sense of leaving your routine behind. You can focus on the moment at hand and enjoy the friends you came with.
Favorite GV Spot: The bridge over the spillway on a cool autumn morning as the mist rises from the lake.
Favorite GV Dish: I love the Bianco Pizza, the flavors are always exceptional.
Favorite GV Wine: I think if I had a favorite it would make all the other wines we produce jealous. However, I do particularly enjoy making, and drinking, Bellina. The barrels literally sing during fermentation, and I find it fascinating how the wine matures and changes during the sur lie aging.
Favorite Quote: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed” ~ Response in preparation for receiving Holy Eucharist, derived from Mathew 8:8
I joined the team in February 2009 and am privileged to design our wines, oversee winery development, production and inventory as well as manage the wine portfolio strategy. I find satisfaction integrating the romance of wine with the principles of organization, process control, writing and teaching. The irresistible opportunity to exercise passion and creativity in a rewarding environment in addition to interaction with our guests and the community makes my job the best in town. The overall attention to excellence and the regard for those who create and those who come to appreciate the Gervasi Experience makes a compelling environment.
Favorite GV Spot: Spending warm summer evenings on the Piazza sharing food and wine with family and friends completes my enjoyment of our fabulous operation.
Favorite GV Dish: While I love all of our food, I can’t resist the pizzas.
Favorite GV Wine: The one I am drinking at the moment.
Favorite Quote: “Lucidare le scarpe” – Remember to shine the shoes” ~ Vincenzo Salvatore Codispoti
I started at Gervasi in February of 2020 and run the day to day operations at the distillery. From lab analysis, product development, constant quality control and a drive to be on the cutting edge with new techniques to keep Gervasi standards above the rest. I have a long heritage of winemakers, brewers and distillers that run in my family and it’s this heritage that I am excited to bring to Gervasi.
Favorite GV Spot: In the early morning as the sun is rising and the deer are grazing amongst the vines.
Favorite GV Dish: The famous Cannoli we have at The Still House
Favorite GV Wine: Passione
Favorite GV Spirit: Rum Barrel Bourbon
Favorite Quote: “I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.” George Washington
THE CAVE OPERATIONS MANAGER
I have been in the restaurant/hospitality industry my entire life. I have performed every job title from dishwasher to regional manager at concepts like Red Robin, TGI Fridays, Applebees, Olive Garden, and locally, The Burntwood Tavern. I started with Gervasi Vineyard in October of 2019 as a Bartender in The Crush House. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a bartender, making drinks and interacting with guests here on property. Once the position of Winery and Distillery Tour/Event Coordinator became a full-time position in June of 2021, I jumped on the opportunity and haven’t regretted taking on the role for a single second. In December of 2022, I was promoted to the role of The Cave Operations Manager. I enjoy talking to our Guests about the history of the property and the direction in which our company is moving. Every time I facilitate a wine tasting I become more excited and appreciative of being able to work here at Gervasi Vineyard. It’s the first time in my life where I feel like I have a career and not a job.
Favorite GV Spot: Driving through our illuminated property at night, especially at Holiday time
Favorite GV Dish: Our Tiramisu. It’s delicious!
Favorite GV Wine: Amarone di Valpolicella. So rich and full-bodied!
Favorite Quote: “Life is a Smorgasbord, and most poor suckers are starving to death!”- Auntie Mame
MARKETPLACE OPERATIONS MANAGER
I joined the Gervasi team in May of 2019. Having been in Retail for over 20 years, The Marketplace is everything I dreamed of being a part of – a retail experience like no other. Whether it is discussing our Wines, Spirits or any of the unique boutique lines we carry, being part of our Guests experience is by far the most rewarding. I feel blessed that I get to work with such an amazing team and equally amazing guests every day.
Favorite GV Spot: Enjoying date night with my husband, with a glass of Fioretto in hand at a table just outside The Marketplace on a Saturday evening in the Summer listening to the music, laughter and love coming from the wedding reception in the Pavilion.
Favorite GV Dish: Short Rib Sliders at The Crush House
Favorite GV Wine: Abbraccio is my love but Fioretto is my summer go to.
Favorite Quote: “The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” – Audrey Hepburn
MARKETPLACE RETAIL BUYER
Experienced Retail Buyer, I enjoy the process of reviewing our current product lines to ensure the shop’s market competitiveness. Our marketplace team cares deeply about carrying unique new boutique lines. In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my family and the sunshine!
Favorite GV Spot: Quiet mornings the Marketplace when we have finished a new seasonal floor set that we are ready to release to the public, simply magical!!
Favorite GV Dish: The Piazza Grilled Chicken and Chorizo Bowl; Manchego Chorizo Cheese Sauce, Street Corn, Pico, Fresh Lime
Favorite GV Wine: Velluto, our Pinot Noir, and I love the Goombay Girl Cocktail on the Piazza!
Favorite Quote: “Eyes bright, chins up, smiles on.” -Effie Trinket
MARKETPLACE ASSISTANT MANAGER
I joined the Gervasi Vineyard team in October of 2020 as a Keyholder in the Marketplace. From the first day I started I knew that this place was unique. Everyone from the staff to the guests, were warm and inviting. As a family run business, you can tell they care about their staff and every guest experience. In March of 2023, I accepted the Assistant Manager role. I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’m excited to grow into this position. My favorite part of my role is watching our employees break out of their shell and gain confidence. In my free time, I love being with my husband visiting local breweries and reading.
Favorite GV Spot: Honestly anywhere on property at Christmas time! It’s beautiful.
Favorite GV Dish: Panko Breaded Walleye from The Twisted Olive
Favorite GV Wine: Serenata is my favorite, but Fioretto when it’s warm out
Favorite Quote: “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marylin Monroe