Canton’s Gervasi Vineyard holds harvest celebration

October 6, 2018 by  

Gervasi, a Canton vineyard, attracted scores of people to its recent harvest festival, a fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Stark County. For $1, visitors got to take part in one of the most traditional aspects of winemaking: stomping grapes.

The Gervasi Vineyard’s grounds were filled with people celebrating the annual grape harvest. Kim Sayer, the tour event coordinator for the winery and its Crush House, said the celebration takes place about the same time every year, as the vineyard harvests the grapes it will use to make its wine.

In addition to grape-stomping fun, visitors could enjoy crafts and food provided by a number of vendors, many of them associated with 720 Market, an open-air market in North Canton that features crafters and merchants. Vendors at events like this could distribute promotional pens to build their brand and encourage attendees to visit them at other locations.

‘Crush’ is the term used to describe the way grapes are processed to begin making wine. The operations manager of the Crush House said there were 150 vendors at the vineyard for the event, and all three of the restaurants were in operation.

Sue Hicks, a North Canton resident, said to that she loved the experience of stomping grapes, which was the first time she had taken part, and the red-stained feet and ankles were a small price to pay.