Cheers to a Wine Country Wedding in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys
Ralse your glass to California wine country destination wedding, where couples can toast their love with family and friends surrounded by vineyards or in the cool confines of a vintage wine cellar.
Located just north of San Francisco, the Napa and Sonoma valleys produce some of California’s best wines, and wedding venue options are abundant, from the estate-like setting of the Charles Krug Winery to the historic stone cellars at Markham Vineyards and the wine caves at Gloria Ferrer, where you pop the cork on their exceptional Carneros Cuvee. Foodies will be delighted to learn that the Culinary Institute of America can also host weddings at its beautiful Greystone campus in St. Helena. Weddings, receptions, or pre- or post-wedding excursions can be held aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, and of course San Francisco and the California redwood forests are nearby day tripping destinations for wedding parties, as well
A Michelin-starred restaurant, spa, and the Solstice wedding venue draw couples to the Solage Calistoga resort, while the nearby Calistoga Ranch is an unexpectedly lush and green resort hugged by ancient oak trees and boasting a wedding venue overlooking the 157-acre property’s private lake. The Bardessono Resort Spa Hotel in the heart of Yountville is a richly yet subtly designed hotel with a commitment to sustainability and the capacity to host weddings of up to 120 guests. Sensuous and spectacular, the Auberge du Soleil is known for its excellent spa, laid-back pool area, and Michelin-starred dining from executive chef Robert Curry. Hidden among olive trees, vineyards, and a sculpture garden is the resort’s La Pagoda, a magical spot for an intimate wedding celebration.
Written By: Bob Curley
Photography: California Tourism Board