Photos: Sourced from each winery
Spring is here and that means so is Wedding Season! And we can’t think of a better venue to say “I Do” than in spectacular California Wine Country. The chateaux, the vineyards and the romantic ambiance will surly make your wedding vision come true. Plus, we’ve thrown in a dreamy international estate for those longing for the ultimate destination wedding.
Now, your guests came to eagerly witness you, the happy couple, tie the knot, but let’s face it, the mingling, dinner and drinks are what keep the celebration going well into the evening! So, not only does the location speak volumes, but sharing memorable wine will take it to the next level.
Arranging a wedding or event at a winery could also mean a sacrifice in wine selection and/or quality. But don’t fret! That’s one aspect of the wedding you do not need to stress over. We’ve taken not only the location into consideration, but also the wine quality while putting together this list of our top 10 favorite Wine Country Wedding destinations!
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Now that we’ve basically planned your wedding, here is our list of our Top 10 Wine Country Wedding Destinations!
In 2001 the Koehler Winery, owned by Peter and Kory Koehler, opened its doors to their eagerly awaiting consumers in Santa Barbara county. From the initial opening, the Koehlers have expanded their charming tasting room to include a menagerie with exotic birds and other animals - certainly setting them apart from other nearby wineries. As co-owner, Felipe Hernandez says, “We feel we give our customers good value and a beautiful setting in which to enjoy the wines”. With multiple locations on their property to choose from, this would certainly be a wonderful wedding venue option!
Trentadue is an amazing family-owned winery situated in the picturesque Alexander Valley region of Sonoma county with rolling hills and over 200 acres of vineyards to call their own. From award-winning, premium wines to the outstanding backdrop, this winery location is one for the books! Their comfortable, romantic indoor and outdoor areas will provide a piece of Tuscany and an old-world Italian ambiance. A versatile and truly magical venue in wine country.
Affectionately nicknamed the “Rhône Rangers” because of their preference to grow Rhône Valley varietals, Cline Cellars is also a dreamy, picture-perfect location for your wedding celebration. Say your vows near beautifully manicured gardens, under scenic willow trees and aside spring-fed ponds, or in their spectacular indoor Barrel Room. This is the location for those looking for an elegant event with a rustic charm.
4. Hanna Winery
A world-class winery in the Alexander Valley, Hanna Winery is surrounded by breathtaking vistas and will create an unforgettable wedding experience for you and your guests. Wander through the vineyards, enjoy their beautiful tasting room and take photos under the great oak tree. Limited to groups of up to 80 guests, this location is a prime option for those looking for an intimate setting.
5. Andis Winery
Andis Wines is a small, family-owned winery with a distinctive style located in Amador County. Not only do they produce award-winning wines, but their winery location is absolutely stunning and makes for a unique, modern vibe. They have multiple locations around their property to choose from, including indoor areas such as their barrel room, and of course outdoor vineyard areas. This spot is ideal for the couple who wants to stand out!
Originally constructed as a tribute to their Tuscan heritage, Viansa Winery has captured the spirit of Sonoma. The secret to this winery’s success lies in the location and its incredible ambiance. Situated atop a hill overlooking 70 acres of vines and wetlands, this winery has an array of locations throughout the property to say “I do”. Panoramic views and warm hospitality are only enhanced by the spectacular wines they produce. Truly a remarkable and timeless wine country wedding location.
Beginning in 1858, Gundlach Bundschu Winery has continually produced high-quality wines over the decades. The winery has been passed down through six generations, each one continuing to celebrate the love of their craft, which is felt throughout their expansive 320-acre estate. Dramatic views and rustic charm set the stage for your beautiful wedding day and their outstanding hospitality team works to make your vision come alive. From their proposal packages, engagement shoots, wedding ceremony and reception to so much more, this venue is perfect for your special day.
Your unforgettable wedding day could begin with stunning views from San Francisco to San Jose from the premier Thomas Fogarty Winery. The winery is known for its fantastic, award-winning wines but also boasts a romantic location with an intimate, elegant and relaxing atmosphere. Meet your significant other at the alter positioned at their multi-tiered redwood and stone facility that seemingly ‘flows’ down the mountainside, under their covered Pavilion or in their glass-enclosed Terrace. Great for all weather conditions this winery’s location and wines will have you swept off your feet in no time.
EOS Estate Winery is one of the finest on the Central Coast and focuses on its traditional winemaking techniques proven to create outstanding wines. Surrounded by 700 acres of vineyards planted on rolling hills this majestic winery is inspired by an ancient Benedictine monastery. The impressive stone building and massive wooden doors welcome you into a wonderful, authentic, old-world ambiance for your wedding an authentic feel. Outdoor venues are also available throughout their property.
10. Avondale Wine
Last, but certainly not least, Avondale Winery is a stunning estate located in the heart of Paarl Valley in South Africa. This one is for those who want a true destination wedding with world-class quality. That goes for location and wine! The 395-acre property is simply gorgeous and the meticulous attention to detail creates an exclusive setting for a flawless and unforgettable wedding. Their magnificent wines alone are worth the trip to South Africa. The various venues scattered around the vineyard property give you a chance to create an extraordinary experience in which to enjoy family, friends and, of course, a glass of amazing wine!
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