Gervasi Vineyard was celebrated with two awards at the National Sales and Marketing Executive Awards Ceremony. For the first time in the history of the organization’s 45 year awards presentation, a dual-award was given to one organization.  Scott Swaldo, General Manager of Gervasi Vineyard was honored with the Accent on Excellence Award, and so was his father, Ted Swaldo, owner, Gervasi Vineyard located in Canton, Ohio.

With a surprise twist on stage, Scott’s father and award presenter, Ted, was also given an award for his role as the founder and owner Gervasi Vineyard. The father and son duo are most notably known for their success in building the high-end, Tuscan-themed winery located in Canton in 2010 and The Twisted Olive Restaurant in Green in 2014.  The annual National Sales & Marketing Executives Awards Dinner was held at Tangier Event & Entertainment Center in Akron Tuesday evening to honor the communities’ elite in the Akron and Canton Regions.

“I am honored to be an Achievement in Excellence Award Recipient and represent Gervasi Vineyard,” said Scott. “It’s especially special to share this honor with my dad.  We have strived to build our business and brand in a way that our community can also be proud of so being recognized in this way is very validating and rewarding.  I am very grateful to NSME for this tremendous honor.”

Scott and Ted founded Gervasi Vineyard in 2010 and Scott has been an integral part of the vision and development of this 55-acre destination Winery Estate since its beginning. All entities are owned by the Swaldo Family and operated under the umbrella of GV Destinations.

Scott is responsible for the overall operations of Gervasi Vineyard which include a state-of-the-art winery, three on-site restaurants, two large indoor and outdoor event spaces, and 24 luxurious Villa Suites. In addition, Scott oversees the operations of the off-site sister property, The Twisted Olive Restaurant, located in Green.

Prior to investing his time in the development and growth of Gervasi Vineyard, Ted was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ASC Industries Inc., the world leader in aftermarket water pump manufacturing from 1989 – 2008. Scott served as the Executive Vice President of Operations for ASC Industries, where he was responsible for HR, purchasing, and manufacturing.

Scott and Ted have both been very involved in community service including 2016 Co-Chairs of the Greater Stark County United Way Campaign and the father/son duo currently serve on the United Way Board as past chairmen.

Scott’s newest marketing and community roles include Chair of the Visit Canton Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors for 2017-18 and Advisory Board Member of The University of Akron Hospitality Management Program 2017.

Scott’s shares his father’s passion within the volunteer sector a long-term role with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps based in Canton, OH, where they both have served as Chairmen and served as a volunteer within the organization for over three decades.

Ted Swaldo remarked, “This was a wonderful surprise! I am truly humbled and thrilled to be sharing this honor with my son.”


Located in the heart of Canton, Ohio, Gervasi Vineyard is a unique Tuscan-themed, upscale winery featuring award-winning wines, craft beer, and fabulous cuisine. Offering breathtaking views of a spring-fed lake, vineyards and nostalgic landscaping across the picturesque 55-acre estate. Gervasi offers an exceptional wine portfolio featuring 27 varietals with a focus on classical European varieties and includes three premier estate-grown North American hybrids. Enjoy three on-site restaurants, featuring exceptional cuisine made with only the freshest ingredients. The Italian Bistro, in the historic barn, features rustic upscale dining, or dine in a casual setting at The Crush House Bar & Eatery featuring a contemporary flair. The seasonal Piazza features traditional, yet casual menu for dining al fresco adjacent to the lake. Enjoy boutique shopping in the Marketplace Gift Shop featuring Gervasi wines, specialty items and collectibles.  Overnight accommodations are available in The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard, luxurious suites featuring the warm feel of Tuscany and luxuries at every turn. The Villas are rated a Four-Diamond property by AAA.  Special events are offered throughout the year including wine tours, wine education classes, wine and food pairings, seasonal vineyard tours, Cucina classes, live music, art classes and more. Gervasi Vineyard is located at 1700 55th Street NE, Canton, Ohio. For more information about Gervasi Vineyard and GV Destinations, visit @gervasivineyard on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube or call 330.497.1000

Scott & Ted Swaldo