Monday, April 8, 2013

Sonoma & Napa Valley Wedding & Event Venues

This March Pink Blossom Events had the opportunity to travel to California Wine Country to do some site seeing, wine tasting and touring wedding and event sites throughout Sonoma and Napa Wine Country! We were beyond grateful to all of the wineries who so graciously hosted us for a tour and are excited to share with you some of our favorites! Our home base was Kennwood Inn and Spa located in the heart of Sonoma County which was the perfect stepping stone to touring both Sonoma and Napa Valley. During our travels we got the impression that the two counties like to distinguish themselves but we really must admit that we found both delightful in their own way!

One item to note when looking for wedding venues for your Wine Country Wedding is that due to local regulations, most Napa County wineries are not licensed to host weddings or wedding receptions. If your dream is to get married amongst the vineyards we suggest hosting your wedding in Sonoma County (no restrictions) and using Napa Valley as your base for wine tasting tours, rehearsal dinners or other events. Both Napa and Sonoma Counties are available for other events including corporate events, birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, family gatherings, post wedding brunches and other life celebrations!

Sonoma County

We spent the majority of our stay in Sonoma County which we enjoyed thoroughly. From the local family owned wineries to a walk in the redwoods and the quaint towns perfect for a lingering lunch and browsing through local boutiques we easily found ourselves talking about our next visit for pleasure or to coordinate a client's celebration! Here are a few highlights of the wedding venues we visited! 
If you are looking to relax and be pampered, the Kennwood Inn and Spa is the place to be! I suppose this is a big part of why we fell in love with Sonoma Valley as this was our accommodations during our stay.  Located in the Valley of the Moon a few minutes from Kenwood, CA and amidst vineyards, oak groves, walnut orchards and fruit trees, the Kenwood Inn and Spa offers 29 dreamy rooms and suites; each outfitted with fireplaces, feather beds, and a gourmet breakfast each morning. The private retreat offers a dining room and wine bar exclusively for guests of the Inn, a phenomenal spa, two outdoor heated pools and sunning terraces
Kenwood Inn and Spa is not only an award-winning wine country destination but a place where the wedding of your dreams awaits. Whether a romantic fairy tale reception of up to 100 guests, or an intimate gathering for your closest friends, Kenwood Inn and Spa can help you create a day that you will never forget. A perfect place for your wedding accommodations even if you don't get married here!


Our tour of Kunde started with a drive up to the top of Boot Hill which is perched high above Sonoma Valley on the steps of the Mayacamas Mountains. Boot Hill features panoramic 360-degree view of the Kunde Family Estate and Valley of the Moon. Tower Oaks, an outdoor stone kitchen and restroom facilities makes this site a stunning backdrop for a spectacular event! Not to mention some unforgettable sunsets and starlit nights.
After touring Boot Hill we stopped at the newly renovated Hill House which is available for more intimate weddings and events and as the location for the brides to get ready. Our tour ended with a walk inside the Wine Aging Caves (spectacular location for a wine cave event!) and ended with a glass of Kunde Estate Wine.
If you are looking for amazing views and a venue with a customized experience, let the Kunde hospitality team help set the path to an extraordinary event! Kunde winery is located in Kenwood, CA.

Chateau St. Jean

Lush Mediterranean style gardens greeted us as we arrived at Chateau St. Jean for our private tour and tasting. The sun was out and we couldn't help but imagine how stunning this location is for an event or just a picnic on their Chateau Lawn with your bridesmaids! 
With locations such as the Historic Chateau (built in the 1920's), the Visitor Center and surrounding Gardens and the Front Lawn, Chateau St. Jean provides an ideal setting for an elegant wedding, private or corporate event. 
With their idyllic setting, award-winning wines and world-class hospitality, Chateau St. Jean's motto says it all:  "Only the finest!" Chateau St. Jean is located in Kenwood, CA.

Paradise Ridge Winery

The day we visited Paradise Ridge Winery may not have been favorable to a gorgeous view overlooking Santa Rosa, California but from the drive up the hill to walking the grounds of the Estate, we are certain that Paradise Ridge Winery's spectacular location would provide the perfect setting for a romantic wedding or celebration.
Situated on 156 acres, this family owned and operated winery will captivate your guests with the European style courtyard, expansive verandas and a grand terrace with views of the Russian River Valley. A not to miss feature on the property is the sculpture garden which features large metal letters spelling out the word "LOVE."
Take a peak at the Paradise Ridge Love Story or these featured weddings to see just how gorgeous this venue is: Style Me Pretty, WedSociety, Borrowed & Blue! Paradise Ridge Winery is located in Santa Rosa, CA.

Napa County

As we headed out of Sonoma Valley and into Napa County for the day our jaw dropped as we took in the first glimpse of our first stop of the day at Castello di Amorosa. We knew it was the perfect start to the day which included tours of Castello di Amorosa, Sterling Vineyards and Mumm Napa. 

As we mentioned above, while Napa Valley wineries are not licensed to host weddings there are three wineries which have been grandfathered in to welcome wedding parties. These include V. Sattui Winery and Charles Krug both in St. Helena and Hans Fahden Vineyards in Calistoga. Of course there are plenty of opportunities for other events to take place on the grounds of Napa area wineries from Bridal Showers to Birthday Celebrations and Corporate Retreats!
Replicated after a 13th Century Tuscan Castle and Winery, Castello di Amorosa is an impressive masterpiece dreamed up by Dario Suttio. Dario's passion for Italian medieval architecture is undeniable with the attention to detail showcased throughout the 121,000 square foot castle he built complete with some spectacular event spaces and a replicated torture chamber that leaves you with the heebie jeebies!
Our tour of the venue lasted well over an hour as we toured the Castle's event spaces and Lake which is only available only for private parties. We were impressed not only by the size of the Castle but with the attention to detail at each and every corner of the venue.
(Pictured Above: The Courtyard) 
(Pictured Above: The Lower Courtyard)
(Pictured Above: Great Hall) 
(Pictured Above: Grand Barrel Room)
From medieval parties to a courtyard dinner under the stars we have already dreamed up some ideas for some unforgettable events! Castello di Amorosa is located in Calistoga, CA and is a not to miss stop when in Napa Valley!

Mumm Napa

Nothing pairs as well with a special occasion as a glass of sparkling wine. As a fan of sparkling wines we were excited to tour Mumm Napa and taste some of their finest! 
The tasting room at Mumm Napa offers a wonderful location for your celebration as well as an outdoor patio and large lawn overlooking the vineyards to host your private event. During our tour of Mumm Napa we were treated to a tour of their Fine Art Photography Gallery in addition to a tour of their production facility which was incredibly fascinating to see how sparkling wines are produced. After our tour we enjoyed a private tasting of their reserved sparkling wines and had a hard time choosing which was our favorite. 
While Mumm Napa may not be the location of your upcoming celebration, their concierge services can help ensure their Sparkling Wines are a part of your event. Their concierges will pair sparkling wine with your menu and help calculate exactly how much wine you will need. Our favorite part of their services is that they can even creative a wine registry so your guests know exactly what champagne you'd love as a gift!
One of our favorite ways to celebrate with Mumm Napa are the customizable sparkling wine splits (187mL) that are a perfect way to make your wedding or party favors really Pop! Mumm Napa is located in Rutherford, CA. When you are in Napa Valley Mumm Napa is your resource for sparking wines!

Sterling Vineyards

Perched high above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards creates a one of a kind experience for you and your guests from the moment you are whisked up the hill via their aeriel tram. As we enjoyed the views from the tram and stepped onto solid ground, we were greeted with a glass of wine as we set foot on a tour of the Greek-inspired venue and winemaking facility. 
Sterling Vineyards features a number of locations that are perfect for your upcoming event as well as a rooftop deck featuring panoramic views of Napa Valley.  
Sterling Vineyards is located in Calistoga, CA.

Other Items to Note!

If you can't make it to Napa or Sonoma for wine tour or will be hosting a celebration we suggest one of these wines to incorporate into your big day to bring a little bit of California Wine Country to your guests! Being that many of our events include weddings and the surrounding events we thought we'd share three blush wines (two of them sparkling) that we found to be not only spectacular in taste but reasonably priced! Pictured left to right: HKG Sparkling RoseParadise Ridge Brides Blush and Mumm Nappa Brut Reserve Rose.

And while the following wineries do not offer event spaces we had to share some of our favorites we visited in addition to those above: Hope & Grace WineryKendall-Jackson and Hop Kiln Winery.


1 comment:

sonoma wine tours said...

i love to go back again in sonoma and napa valley again. Sonoma & Napa Valley both are beautifull places for Wedding & Event Venues.
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