Gervasi Vineyard Wins Best of Show and Best of Ohio

Gervasi Vineyard was awarded the Best of Show and Best of Ohio in the dessert/specialty wine category for their Sognata Ice Wine at the 2021 Ohio Wine Competition.

The competition was held Aug. 2-4 at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, and a total of 300 entries were submitted. Expert judges were chosen by the Ohio Wine Competition Advisory Board to determine wine quality and award designations.

The Ohio Wine Competition holds a longstanding history of more than forty years, and the awards are sought after by some of Ohio’s top wineries. The “Best of Ohio” classification started in 2019 and was awarded to the “Best of Show” wines that were made from a minimum of 90% Ohio-grown American/Labrusca, hybrid and Vinifera grape varieties, and have received the Ohio quality wine seal designation.

“Our philosophy of “Winemaking by Design” drives our team and processes so as to produce the finest wines possible,” said Andrew Codispoti, Director of Winemaking & Distilling Operations at Gervasi Vineyard. “Our wines have the distinction of being served in an elegant ambiance of natural beauty, comfort and luxury which collectively elevates our guest’s overall experience. It is an honor to be awarded Best of Show and Best of Ohio in the dessert/specialty wine category.”

Gervasi’s Sognata Ice Wine is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does; allowing a more concentrated grape juice to be pressed from the frozen grapes. This results in a smaller amount of a more concentrated and richer wine. The wine is intense and sweet with aromas of honey, pear, apricot and tangerine.

Gervasi Vineyard produces a notable range of wines on site in their state-of-the-art winery. Gervasi strives to make their wines among the best, using grapes and juice from their own vineyards and hand-selected vineyards in Ohio and around the country.

Along with winning Best of Show and Best of Ohio, Sognata was awarded a double gold medal in the competition. Gervasi also received two silver medals for Lucello (Pinot Grigio) and Passione (Aromella). Three bronze medals were awarded to Ciao Bella (Chardonnay), Truscano (Sangiovese) and Lascito (Hybrid Blush/Rosé; Varietal: Frontenac Gris).

Gervasi wine is available to enjoy at all GV Destinations restaurants and can be purchased to take home from The Still House, The Crush House, and The Marketplace Gift Shop. Wine can also be purchased online for shipping.

“I couldn’t be more excited and prouder of our winery team. To receive Best of Show and Best of Ohio for Sognata is a real testament to the outstanding work of our employees,” said Scott Swaldo, CEO/General Manager for GV Destination. “We have a rich eleven-year history and our winery team is constantly working hard to keep the integrity of our wine rich.”

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