13 Sonoma Wedding Venues To Get The Very Best Of Wine Country

Plan your big day in the heart of wine country—Sonoma, California.
Elisabeth Davies
by Elisabeth Davies
Updated Aug 01, 2021

Who doesn't love a winery? Better still, who does love the idea of holding a wedding at one? The Sonoma Valley is an internationally recognized region known for its various soil types allowing it to cultivate over 50 varieties of grape and allowing the hundreds of wineries and vineyards there to craft something special. With hundreds to choose from, it can be tough to narrow down the venues that have the most to offer soon-to-be weds and their guests for the most important day of their lives– accompanied by really fantastic wines. Here are our top 13 Sonoma wedding venue picks to help you find the very best of wine country and what it has to offer.

The Culinary Institute of America in Napa, California

Hand-cut stone and cathedral ceilings kick your big day off in grand style at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia. Smack dab in the middle of Napa, this venue offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception venue options plus a wide range of options for dinner, hors d'oeuvres, cocktail party bites, and other add-ons with their catering packages as well as solid wine and bar service. The Barrel Room, featuring 2,000 gallon Redwood wine barrels can host a massive 1,000 guests for a stand-up dining or tasting menu experience. And the 5,214 square foot Herb Terrace can be situated to fit 350 guests seated or 600 standing for either the wedding or the reception.

Hans Fahden Vineyards in Calistoga, California

Tucked into the Mayacamas Mountains, Hans Fahden Vineyards has been offering all-inclusive and A La Carte packages to couples for 25 years at their elegantly rustic venue. For those who want the full experience, the winery offers VIP wine tastings to couples to help with their selection, event space for up to 110, a two-hour slot for photos—try the vine-covered walkways and the rowboat in the pond—plus catering, DJ, photographer, and cake services are at your disposal. Oh, and about the wine caves? The ideal setting for a candlelit reception dinner.

Vintners Resort in Santa Rosa, California

Vineyard views, a bell tower, and award-winner catering shoot this Northern California wedding venue to the top of our list. Able to accommodate 250 guests indoors or 300 guests outdoors on 92 acres of vineyards, Vintners Resort is there to help you plan every last detail of your perfect wine country wedding. Book rooms at the resort for you and your party, take advantage of the spa and cater your event with food from either the resort or on-site restaurants John Ash + Co. Pairings for your reception menu are chosen from an award-winning wine list and every last detail is taken care of right down to the customized wedding cake. Indoor and outdoor spaces are available with gorgeous features including outdoor lounges and fireplaces, fountains, and iron chandeliers, ivy-covered walls and dark wood banquet halls.

Depot Hotel Restaurant and Garden in Sonoma, California

The Depot Hotel and Garden makes you feel like you're getting the family deal at this vintage train depot turned family home turned Italian restaurant and wedding venue in Sonoma. Kick back beside the reflecting pool in the warm glow of back patio string lights of this country inn-style spot. Host your ceremony, rehearsal dinner or reception beneath the wide pergola and choose from their extensive hotel menu and buffet list. Indoors, dine on Italian china surrounded by Venician tapestries, and outside sip wine beside the outdoor fireplace or out on the terrace. A quick browse of their website and you'll see no additional fees on either the facility or their all-inclusive wedding packages, as their priority is helping wedding planning be easy so couples can stay focused on enjoying their special day and making memories with the people they love.

Trentadue Winery in Geyserville, California

This darling find in the heart of the Alexander Valley, Trentadue Winery is your perfect spot for a wine country wedding. Offering six beautiful options for indoor or outdoor events, you can book your wedding ceremony for the North Lawn amid redwood trees and grapevine arbors and hold the reception on the South Lawn beneath string lights as the sun sets on the Mayacama Mountains. The Grape Arbor lets you seat 150 in a unique dining experience covered in grapevines, or if you prefer to hold a small gathering inside, La Storia Room will hold 30 for a ceremony and up to 40 for a reception-style event. Their largest indoor venue, Sala de Leon Pavilion boasts vaulted ceilings and French Doors and is big enough to seat over 200 guests for dinner. With provided lighting for both indoor and outdoor spaces, a VIP wine tasting for your selection, set up and breakdown, and five hours of event time included in their wedding day amenities, this pick for a wine country wedding is truly a no-brainer.

Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, California

Your wedding deserves a top-rated venue, access to an international wine cellar, and a Michelin star culinary team. Let us introduce you to Auberge du Soleil, a simply gorgeous wedding venue situated on 33 acres of sprawling olive groves overlooking Napa Valley. Inspired by the south of France, this hotel wedding venue is stunning both inside and out. The Ceremony Deck overlooks the valley, while the combinable indoor dining spaces Vista I and II create space enough for all your friends and family, flooding them with natural light. Not one for big affairs? Try the midrange indoor space, Maison D'Arbre that seats up to 30, or the intimate Le Jardin terrace tucked away in the sculpture garden and is ideal for small ceremonies and elopements.

Park Winters in Winters, California

A boutique country venue overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains? We say, "I do." Park Winters is a charming spot for an idyllic wine country wedding. The estate includes an organic farm where you can pick your own wedding bouquet, a restored 1865 Victorian farmhouse turned inn containing four guest suites, a pool and hot tub, fire pits, and multiple barns available for ceremony and receptions venues. Choose one of the rustic barns for your aesthetic or the simple elegance of the painted white. As classic as this venue may feel, modern amenities such as climate-controlled spaces, a state-of-the-art sound system, and three Tesla chargers make it accessible for guests from all over northern California.

The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa in Sonoma, California

Kick back for an amazing wedding day weekend at The Lodge at Sonoma. Heated pools, private cottages, and nightly wine tastings await you as you plan your ideal destination wedding getaway in the heart of Sonoma Valley. If the five-star reviews of this wedding day retreat are anything to go by– and they definitely are –the attention and care provided to each couple by the in-house wedding coordinators are second to none. Your guests will not be forgotten, they can kick back on the plush seating in the outdoor patio spaces or cozy up by the pool on one of the covered lounges. The venue has two popular indoor venues, try the Stone Room for your ceremony and the Sonoma Ballroom for your reception.

The Highlands Estate in Cloverdale, California

Central to northern California destinations like Napa, Mendocino, and San Francisco, The Highlands Estate offers 21 acres of gorgeous rolling vineyards as the backdrop for your wedding. Let your guests mingle in or outdoors at The Four Seasons Barn, a lovely wedding reception space equipped with bistro lights, a terrace, stunning vineyard views, and the dressing room for you and your wedding party. You can choose to say your vows at the barn, or you can move beneath The Oak Tree, a picturesque spot surrounded by grape leaves and greenery. Hiking spots and dining are just minutes away, as are plentiful accommodation if you're looking to make your wedding a destination event.

Mountain House Estate in Wine Country, California

Planning is the name of the game at this 40-acre Mendocino County wedding venue. Mountain House Estate specializes in thinking up the little things for your day that you might forget in the whirlwind of wedding planning. Their Instagram page and website are full of helpful tips and the inside scoop on some amazing features– for example, buried speakers in the landscaping so you get non-stop background music throughout your reception. The venue offers two dance floor areas, a bistro lighting lit lawn and patio, indoor and outdoor spaces for both the ceremony and the reception, plus, they do micro weddings! Your ceremony at the Oak Tree Terrace amid 100-plus-year-old oak trees is a gorgeous start to the next chapter of your life. From there, set up for dinner inside The Grand Ballroom, let your guests enjoy the outdoors at the Smokin' Olive Lounge, sip your signature drinks at The Bar, or just stroll around the grounds and check out the barn, vintage truck, and gorgeous scenery.

Carneros Resort and Spa in Napa, California

Say "I do" in the lap of luxury at Carneros Resort and Spa. This is an absolutely exquisite spot for those looking to book upscale. Bright, clean and airy, this singular venue overlooks tidy vineyards and offers couples nine different venues to choose from, and can accommodate up to 500 guests for your wedding reception. A 10,000 square foot event lawn can be used for large or small gatherings, or if you want space indoors then both the Napa and Sonoma Ballrooms and the Hilltop Dining Room with floor to ceiling windows and high ceilings are at your disposal. The Arbor is a gorgeous space to be wed out of doors, between two massive palms, and the Carneros Courtyard with its outdoor fireplace is a perfect place to wind down the night. This full-service venue offers accommodation in cottages or luxury suites and is available for everything from small ceremonies to resort-wide buyouts. Is there any reason not to love it?

Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood, California

The Landmark Vineyards has everything you need for a sunlit wine country wedding. Get married in the tasting room with 50 of your closest family and friends, then dance the night away while you sip the winery's unique varietals. Set up a groom's room in the overlook tower or settle into the bridal suite to prep for your special day. The venue is a cozy little nook overlooking Sugarloaf Mountain and offers competitive peak and off-season pricing with a variety of indoor and outdoor wedding spaces for small groups of 50 to 100 guests, including the courtyard for al fresco dining, and the indoor dining room for a more traditional reception. This rustic yet elegant find nestled in the Mayacama Mountains has been part of a deep family legacy since 1974 and is sure to become a treasured part of yours.

Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg, California

It's like a campground, but for grown-ups. Available for wedding only, reception only, or a full day of wedded bliss, Villa Chanticleer is the best-kept secret tucked up in the woods on Fitch Mountain. Overlooking majestic Californian wine country, this venue is able to accommodate groups of 20 to 500. Hold your ceremony in the lovely rustic gazebo in the middle of thick woods, then move into the redwood-paneled banquet hall for dinner and dancing– the kerosene lamp chandeliers are a nice vintage touch to the space. The venue offers full-day, ceremony-only or reception-only packages to book the Villa Gardens, the 3,000 square foot Dining Room, and the Ballroom, complete with views of the Alexander Valley and Geyser Peak.

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