Nowhere is a wine country wedding more popular than in the Bay Area – given the proximity of vineyards all over the Napa and Sonoma areas, abundant sunshine, and weather that allows for an outdoor event well into the fall. Pinterest has made the idea of a rustic affair popular nationwide, but in Northern California, we have the special privilege of having vineyards, ranches, and rustic sites available for use right outside our own backyards.
Take a look at three of our favorite Sonoma wedding venues, and let us know which is your favorite!
A favorite among brides and event designers, B.R. Cohn (off Sonoma Highway) boasts a rustic ceremony venue behind the tasting room, out in the vineyard. There are also myriad options for a reception and cocktail hour, including a pool, Olive Grove grass area, and an outdoor amphitheater. The red wine is some of the most popular in the valley, and the views at sunset are spectacular!
Beltane Ranch, also included in our Outdoor Venue Gems Feature, is fully functional ranch and inn venue – offering not only a beautiful outdoor event venue and accommodations for a small wedding party, but also a view of the expansive property and onsite ranch animals as well (the bull is a favorite). Kaella Lynn Events was featured on Wedding Chicks for this Pretty Peach Wedding that took place on the charming property. Featured in the film ‘The 5-year engagement’, you’ll want your timeline to be as short as possible, so you can enjoy the stunning architecture and quaint farm touches! The yellow and white trimmed main building is a popular backdrop for wedding photography, and the oak tree is host to some of the most beautiful afternoon ceremonies in wine country.
Famous for their ponds and ample green space (the entire venue is surrounded by trees), Cline Cellars boasts a host of options for ceremony and reception locations – including a tree lined park, complete with a vintage train car. An afternoon ceremony can be tented or open air, and the reception space is flexible as well. Interested in the wines onsite? Cline partners with Jacuzzi cellars as well, to meet your needs for both wine and bubbly. Cheers to that!
While a beautiful event venue and family winery, Kunde is best known by Sonoma County locals for their delightful summer red wines and outdoor tastings by the pond. With multiple exclusive locations available for a ceremony – including a hidden hill back in the vineyard – Kunde is the perfect location for an outdoor event. With large formal tasting room, as well as space for a tent, the location and view options are virtually endless!
Having just recently opened their doors in spring of 2014, Hamel Family Winery is the perfect blend of outdoor vineyard settings and modern minimalist interiors. Set amongst 124 acres of estate vines, and specializing in Bordeaux style wines, the winery and cavernous barrel room have been the subject of a lot of bride envy over the past two seasons. If the garden isn’t enough to make your jaw drop, the furnishings and designs will be -check out those chandeliers!
What do you get when you mix a rural farm property in dreamy Petaluma with a rustic chic barn and willow draped pond? Olympias Valley Estate – and believe us, this self-proclaimed ‘Organic Farmstead’ is worth the drive north. Sporting an idyllic white farm house, guest cottage, ample property with animals and trees in abundance, and a majorly styled barn out back, this venue is everything you could want all on one property. Thinking about hosting your wedding here? Just ask the family venue staff for recommendations on local fare and lodging – they’re more than happy to help.
One of the most unique wedding venues in Wine Country, Ramekins is a culinary school and gastro-educational center that moonlights as a gorgeous wedding and event venue. Just a short ride from the square in downtown Sonoma, Ramekins is a European inspired property, complete with a large great room (wooden exposed beams, swoon!) and a limestone courtyard boasting a fountain and French doors. Bonus? The executive chef onsite will custom create your wedding menu, for a one of a kind food and wedding experience.