5 Wine Country Wedding Destinations

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When you think wine coun­try des­ti­na­tion wed­dings, per­haps you think glob­al­ly and the likes of Bor­deaux and Tus­cany. How­ev­er, the U.S. has its own great wine regions, espe­cial­ly in Cal­i­for­nia. While Napa Val­ley is what most peo­ple asso­ciate with Cal­i­for­nia wine coun­try, there are some oth­er great wine coun­try des­ti­na­tions in Cal­i­for­nia for a wed­ding. Today we are shar­ing a few of the best wine coun­try des­ti­na­tions in Cal­i­for­nia for your pic­ture-per­fect wed­ding.

HEALDSBURG

Healds­burg is a charm­ing wine coun­try town locat­ed in the north­ern part of Sono­ma Coun­ty. Healds­burg Plaza in down­town is lined with nice restau­rants and tast­ing rooms, while just beyond the town is some of Sonoma’s best winer­ies. These winer­ies help make up many of Sonoma’s most impor­tant wine areas, includ­ing Dry Creek, Russ­ian Riv­er and Alexan­der Val­ley.

Soda Rock Win­ery in Alexan­der Val­ley fea­tures out­door venues that include a barn and court­yard, while near­by Simi is steeped in his­to­ry, dat­ing back to the late 1800s, and makes a beau­ti­ful wed­ding back­drop. Hotel Healds­burg, an upscale hotel in Healds­burg itself, is a great hotel option and can even host wed­dings.

bride and groom in blue suit in vineyard

ANDERSON VALLEY

Just north­west of Sono­ma Coun­ty is Men­do­ci­no Coun­ty, which is home to the small Ander­son Val­ley appel­la­tion. One of the largest and best wed­ding venues is before you even start com­ing into the Ander­son Val­ley, The High­lands Estate, which fea­tures an out­door venue over­look­ing its own vine­yards. The prop­er­ty also fea­tures a ful­ly heat­ed and air-con­di­tioned barn that can be used for wed­ding cer­e­monies.

Fur­ther into Ander­son Val­ley, in beau­ti­ful Phi­lo, is The Madrones, where old-world Euro­pean charm meets mod­ern lux­u­ry at this unique prop­er­ty that fea­tures tast­ing rooms, a restau­rant and pri­vate estate guest quar­ters. Wed­ding venues at The Madrones include out­door ter­races and gar­dens. Near­by is Bru­to­cao Cel­lars, where you can say your vows amidst vine­yards in the Ander­son Val­ley.

TEMECULA

Temec­u­la is real­ly the wine coun­try of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, locat­ed 90 miles south­east of Los Ange­les and fea­tur­ing more than 30 winer­ies. Though a small­er Cal­i­for­nia wine region, many of the winer­ies make for great wed­ding venues, such as Mount Palo­mar Win­ery, one of the area’s old­est winer­ies, which can accom­mo­date up to 500 guests, and fea­tures back­drops of vine­yards and Temec­u­la Valley’s moun­tains.

Else­where, there’s Falkn­er Win­ery, where you can wed amidst the winery’s vine­yards before hav­ing your recep­tion in the restau­rant, Pin­na­cle, which fea­tures a 180-degree-view of the vine­yards and val­ley below. For old-world charm, there’s Europa Vil­lage, which is part win­ery and part inn, for a wed­ding venue that’s more all-encom­pass­ing.

PASO ROBLES

Paso Rob­les is locat­ed in Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia, a cou­ple of hours north of San­ta Bar­bara, where winer­ies are set amidst hot springs and olive and almond orchards. Vina Rob­les is a be-all wine coun­try wed­ding venue, fea­tur­ing an indoor space, ter­races, patio and a bou­tique out­door amphithe­ater.

It even has a three-bed­room guest­house. For some­thing inti­mate, there’s Home Sweet Home Cot­tage and Ranch (just south of Paso Rob­les), fea­tur­ing a cot­tage, farm, his­toric barn, and pond. Oth­er winer­ies that dou­ble as wed­ding venues include Thacher Win­ery and Pear Val­ley Vine­yard.

winery wedding reception styled shoot

YOUNTVILLE

Of course, we can’t talk Cal­i­for­nia wine coun­try and over­look Napa Val­ley in its entire­ty. Yountville locat­ed sev­er­al miles north of the town of Napa, maybe small in size, but fea­tures some of the best of Napa, not the least of which is the French Laun­dry, one of the best restau­rants in the world. While get­ting into The French Laun­dry is eas­i­er said than done, Yountville fea­tures beau­ti­ful wed­ding venues, such as Domaine Chan­don, known for their sparkling wine, and fea­tur­ing a large prop­er­ty that includes beau­ti­ful green spaces, a tast­ing room, and out­door patios.

Else­where there’s Bardessono, an award-win­ning eco-lux­u­ry hotel that fea­tures more than 4,000 square feet of out­door space for wed­dings, includ­ing out­door ter­races and the pool­side patio. To buy out an entire venue, there’s the North Block Hotel in the heart of Yountville, where you can buy out all 20 rooms for your pri­vate cel­e­bra­tion.

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