5 Winery Venues That Can Accommodate 200+ Guests
A Wine Country wedding is often a princess bride's dream, complete with a billowy white gown, mountains of flowers, a winery setting, and many, many admiring guests. Finding a wine estate that can accommodate large gatherings is the first step in making that dream a reality.
Lucky you, fantasies coming true are what Sonoma County is all about. Here are five venues that say, 'I do' to events with more than 200 beloved friends and family members.
Paradise Ridge Winery, Santa Rosa
Located in the heart of Sonoma County, Paradise Ridge offers a naturally romantic setting. The 155-acre estate has sweeping views of vineyards and the Russian River Valley. The iconic two-story LOVE sculpture, which illuminates in the evening, adds to the enchanting wine country setting.
Paradise Ridge Winery’s spectacular wine country estate provides a sophisticated setting. This family-owned and operated winery will captivate guests with a European style courtyard, expansive verandas, and a terrace with expansive Russian River Valley views.
Accommodating up to 250 guests June-September & 150 guests October-May, celebrations can continue past midnight, with the lights of the city sparkling below you. Featuring indoor and outdoor options for worry-free year-round weddings this winery was specially designed for weddings and celebrations, making hosting an event a pleasure.
Trentadue Winery, Geyserville
All the charms of Alexander Valley are embraced in the spacious yet romantic outdoor areas of Trentadue Winery. They exude old world Italian charm, with vine-covered arbors, splashing fountains, shaded gardens and sprawling lawns flowing to views of vineyards, redwood forests and majestic mountains. Yet the Tuscan-style winery also features the grand Sala del Leone Vineyard Pavilion, elegant with high ceilings capped in exposed beams, and arched French doors overlooking the estate vineyards for a feeling of being outside while enjoying the comfort of the indoors. The versatile space is perfect for up to 250 guests indoors and up to 500 guests outdoors, and all weddings are private, since bookings include exclusive use of all special event areas including the Garden Arbors, South Lawn and Gardens, Sala del Leone Vineyard Pavilion, and North Lawn.
Chateau St. Jean, Kenwood
Chateau St. Jean Winery is sumptuous, spanning 270 acres of lush Sugarloaf Ridge foothills, anchored by lavish formal gardens embracing a grand Mediterranean mansion capped by an elaborate turret. It is so lovely, in fact, it is a favorite of theknot.com, an online authority that showcases the world's most fabulous weddings. One of the best places for 300+ guests is the Grand Lawn, featuring the historic Chateau as a dramatic backdrop, plus vineyard and mountain views. Everything can be customized, too, from lantern lighting in the trees to a cocktail and bubble lounge to the al fresco sit-down reception.
Imagery Wine Estate, Glen Ellen
Imagery Winery is the ideal location for private events in wine country, with a variety of beautiful space to host your weddings celebration. Featuring a large lawn paired with pavilion and two patio options, host a small wedding reception or up to 300 guests surrounded by vineyard views.
Conveniently located just 15 minutes from Santa Rosa, and an hour North of San Francisco, Imagery’s property is surrounded by vineyards and lush gardens, creating the perfect space for a memorable event customized to your specific expectations.
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Santa Rosa
Accommodating groups up to 220 guests, this Tuscan estate still feels intimate, somehow, perhaps because it is cradled so eloquently by the Mayacamas mountains. Many larger groups take over the expansive lawn at St. Francis Winery, neatly framed by estate vineyards and sweeping views of the Sonoma Valley in the shadow of Hood Mountain. The Dining Room is an excellent reception area, too, with its coffered ceiling, fireplace, Palladian windows, and French doors opening onto the patio.
For even more options check our listings of Unique Wedding Venues in Sonoma County.
Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet