The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
CrossKeys Vineyards in Mount Crawford, Virginia, offers a distinctive Tuscan-style venue for couples searching for a magical wedding location. With both indoor and outdoor event spaces, you can plan exactly the wedding ceremony and reception you desire. Expansive meadows set amidst the lush Blue Ridge Mountains ensures pastoral surroundings for a wedding celebration.
The Key Room. Serving as the signature event space at CrossKeys Vineyards, the Key Room features artistic architecture with impressive views of the countryside. This space opens out into the Piazza. The Key Room accommodates as many as 200 guests.
The Vista Room. Large windows allow in abundant sunshine, giving the Vista Room a light feel. Doors open out onto terraces, which provide stunning views of the vineyards. This space holds up to 100 guests for a seated affair.
The Vista Terrace. Just outside the Vista Room sits the Vista Terrace. A permanent cover provides shade and shelter from the elements. You and your guests can enjoy amazing views of the mountains and the landscape. This space holds up to 40 guests for a seated dinner.
The Vineyard Room. Smaller in size but no less elegant, the Vineyard Room offers a cozy ambience. A permanent bar and charming fireplace give this space a classic feeling. The Vineyard Room is large enough for 60 guests for a cocktail reception and 40 guests for a seated dinner.
The Piazza or Courtyard. Events held in the open air come alive in the Piazza. This large outdoor area is ideal for both ceremonies and receptions. It even has fireplaces, which provide warmth on chilly evenings. This area can be tented.
What You Should Know
The event coordinators at CrossKeys Vineyards specialize in the planning and creation of flawless wedding celebrations. With extensive amenities and careful attention to detail, the event team puts on lavish celebrations. Your rental package can include the full site or just a portion of it, depending on your needs and wishes.
The CrossKeys Vineyards includes a backup generator to ensure that nothing interrupts your wedding celebration. If weather threatens an outdoor event, the staff moves everything indoors.
A fully appointed bridal suite is included with every rental. This space provides ample room for preparations and relaxation. It also includes beautiful spots for candid photography.
The event time at CrossKeys Vineyards is six hours. Every rental includes use of up to 220 padded folding chairs for your ceremony and 220 Chiavari chairs for your reception. The venue also provides a variety of tables for every event need.
The event team performs all setup for both the ceremony and reception. On-site decor is available, including a pergola and two large wine barrels.
The culinary team consults closely with each couple to plan and prepare an innovative and unique reception meal. Customization is a welcome service to enable you to create a menu to your exact specifications. Both hot and cold passed hors d'oeuvres are available. Display platters and appetizer stations are also available. You can also choose from a buffet or plated dinner. Dinners include soup, salad, entree, starches and vegetables.
The CrossKeys Vineyards offers extensive bar service options. Choose a beverage package, such as call liquors or top-shelf liquors. You can also choose a consumption bar with well liquors, call liquors or top-shelf liquors.
As you decorate for your event, do not affix any decor to surfaces using nails or staples. Use tape that removes cleanly and easily. Real rose petals and bio-rice are permissible in outside areas. Candles must be fully enclosed in glass.
The event coordinators at CrossKeys Vineyards leave nothing to chance. This careful attention to detail is just one of the many reasons for the sophisticated weddings hosted at this venue. Special amenities are also available.
- Arrange to have fires in the Piazza fireplaces
- Sample the wines of the vineyard and add them to your beverage service
- Arrange a wine-tasting party in conjunction with your event
- Tour the winery with your guests
From the Vendor
Unlock the Love at CrossKeys
Your dream wedding awaits you at a gorgeous vineyard set in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. With 360 degree views of mountains, this Tuscan-style villa is the picture perfect setting for the wedding you have always imagined. Our world class on-site catering lessens the load of any busy bride.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Food + Catering, Planning
Dream Wedding!Reviewed on 6/25/2014 Ashley L
CrossKeys Vineyards is the perfect place to get married! The mountain views are stunning, the architecture and layout of the building and patios really allow you to create beautiful ceremony and reception areas, and the wines are top notch! Additionally, CrossKeys has a wonderful chef and everyone commented on how good the food was (unlike typical wedding food that is usually just ok). Finally, I can't say enough about their events coordinator Katie. From the start it was apparent she is very good at what she does, and thanks to her my entire wedding day went smoothly. If you are looking for a wedding venue that is both beautiful and provides top quality service for the price, definitely check out CrossKeys!!
Picture Perfect Fall WeddingReviewed on 3/05/2014 Julie H
My husband and I live in Connecticut, but decided to get married in the mountains of Virginia where his family has spent vacations for the last 30 years. We got engaged at a vineyard, and knew that we wanted to have our reception at a vineyard as well, but weren't sure where to start! On a family vacation, Jeremy and I physically visited 20 vineyards looking for that special something. We wanted a beautiful setting, good wines, enough space for 150+ people, something close to reasonably priced hotels (every single guest was coming from at least 3 hours away), and near a Catholic Church. CrossKeys was everything we dreamed of and more. I was nervous about planning a wedding 1,000 miles away, but Katie, Nikoo, Chef Mike, even Paul in the tasting room made it easier than I could ever imagine. Our guests raved about the food (and they are used to NYC dining), the wines, and the location. People have even asked my bridesmaids if the pictures had the background photo shopped in because they couldn't believe how perfect everything looked. We couldn't have been more thrilled with Katie's help coordinating with our outside vendors, keeping me calm and answering all of our questions. They were even willing to hand-pass donuts for us late night on the dance floor. Chef Mike prepared one of the most delicious meals, that sadly a lot of guests couldn't finish because they gorged themselves on appetizers like scallops wrapped in bacon, and a special fig in phyllo with mascarpone that Mike was willing to make off menu for me. Our gluten free guest and several vegetarians loved their food, and our attentive waitress made sure I always had a glass of Meritage. CrossKeys is a wonderful place to have your wedding reception, dancing under the lights, having the outdoor fireplaces lit to keep your guests warm if it's a chilly night, and just generally having a night to remember. We couldn't say enough about the experience, and look forward to many wine tastings over future visits!
CrossKeys VineyardsReviewed on 10/18/2013 Ashlyn P
CrossKeys is a wonderful wedding venue. It is beautifully manicured and well kept. Katie (the wedding planner) was wonderful to work with and catered all to all our needs and special requests. She was ready accessible and always replied to emails quickly and thoroughly. CrossKeys was also one of the few wineries to allow outside beer and alcohol which gave us the best value on guest count and allowed us to stay on budget. The Executive Chef also made individual plates for specialized diets to include a vegan and gluten-free guest without extra charge. I thought this really showed the thoughtfulness of the winery. They also provided a great vendor list to include Kings Studio, Cakes by Cathy Stewart and The Cupcake Company. All these vendors had exceptional service and great bang for your buck! So glad I picked CrossKeys to have my wedding at. All my guests had an amazing time and were impressed by the venue.
With myself being a chef and my wife being a wedding planner the presure was on the have an over the top wedding, and the staff at crosskeys delivered. For months we worked hand and hand with Hannah Cooper. She was sweet, helpful and treated us as if we were family. She is a huge talent and crosskeys is lucky to have her making amazing dreams weddings come true. Chef dexter is a true talent. Not only was he excited to work with us on custom menus he executed them amazingly. As I am a chef the bar was set high for food and he exceeded expectations. I was told by many guest the foods was the best they had ever had at a wedding ever. Everything was perfect, the staff was amazing and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful venue. It rained so we had to adjust some locations but no one would have ever known those locations were our 'plan b' because they were so perfect.
Amazing Wedding VenueReviewed on 11/15/2014 Tanya D
I had my wedding at CrossKeys Vineyards on October 25, 2014. I can't say enough good things about the venue, and especially about the event coordinator, Elizabeth. Elizabeth was so professional and easy to work with, quick to respond to my emails and phone calls, and had a wealth of knowledge about wedding coordination and details. She helped get me through my special day in one piece! The venue itself is absolutely breathtaking - it has a Tuscan feel to it right in the middle of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain region in Virginia. When we first arrived at the vineyard, my jaw literally dropped and I told my then-fiance that this was it, we were done looking at other venues. I was right! Elizabeth and the serving staff were phenomenal. They all worked together seamlessly to make sure that the event went smoothly and without a hitch. Whatever I asked for - they got it for me. Often, they would even ask to get me something before I even realized I needed it! All of the servers stopped by our table to say congratulations - they were so sweet. The food was amazing! The chef, Dexter, and his staff, executed our menu flawlessly. Before we chose our menu, CKV had sent us sample menus with price points, and Dexter's creativity really shines through. Any questions we had about the food, he answered, and he was happy to make his recommendations. People raved about the food - everything was absolutely delicious. It goes without saying that the wine was excellent as well. We had 4 kinds available to out guests - the Joy White, the Fiore, the Merlot and the Petit Verdot. Our guests loved all of them. Thankfully there was some extra wine for us to bring home! If I were to have to do my wedding all over again, I would, without a doubt, choose CrossKeys Vineyards again. Thank you Elizabeth, Dexter, and the rest of the staff for your help in making my wedding day so perfect!
Overall SuccessReviewed on 9/22/2013 Erica G
Overall, our experience getting married at CrossKeys in September was positive. It goes without saying that venue is one of the most beautiful in the area, if not in the entire state. So some of the positives: location, in-house chef (we got RAVE reviews from the guests about all of the food), plenty of space, back up plans readily available in case of rain. The main negative that sticks out is that, when it came to the rehearsal/day of the wedding, there was no apparent coordinating going on and I did not feel like there was anyone I could depend on to ask questions of and help keep the event organized. I was disappointed by the lack of support by CrossKeys staff when it came to the actual day of the wedding. Other than that, because the pre-planning was so thorough, everything went really well and we got SO lucky to have absolutely perfect weather. All of the guests were thoroughly impressed, and everyone had a BLAST! CrossKeys is one of my absolute favorite places, and having the opportunity to be married there was a true blessing! Just a few tips to brides considering getting married here: 1. Arrange for transportation for your guests! We hired a bus company to transport guests from the vineyard back to Harrisonburg, and it worked out excellently! Cabs sometimes give a hard time about going to CrossKeys because of it's location outside the city limits. 2. Be sure you have someone you can depend on to help you at your rehearsal and with the day of the wedding. There is an event coordinator, but honestly, I don't remember seeing her more than once the day of the wedding and she was not present for our rehearsal. My aunt wound up doing everything. 3. They have very limited table linens to choose from- probably better to get that all from outside vendors, unless you are looking for extremely basic linens. I used The Wishing Well--- working with Terrie was a DREAM! She took my reception decor to another level and it was stunning! 4. They have an in-house chef available to cater the event-- USE HIM!!!!!! All of the food at our wedding was absolutely incredible. We chose to do a plated dinner, not a buffet, and the service went smoothly and the food was delicious. The food is not covered in the fee to rent the venue, so be prepared to pay more than the rental fee. He is worth it!!!
Amazing all aroundReviewed on 6/05/2012 Sarah M
CrossKeys Vineyard is a GORGEOUS wedding venue! I got married on 5/19/12 and it was perfect. CrossKeys offers a variety of set-ups and locations that you can rent/use for your event. I was able to have my wedding outside, cocktail hour in the front courtyard, and my reception inside. Chairs, linens, wine, set-up are all part of the package. The Event Coordinator, Nicole, was phenomenal to workw ith. She allowed me to come early and set up my decorations and drop of my dress and supplies in the room available for the bride and the bridesmaids to get ready. The venue itself is excellent, very open and airy and is not stuffy as some vineyards are apt to be. The location is ideal as it is close to Harrisonburg, Virginia, but is remote enough to feel like you have your own special place situated in the valley with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. The wines are good and you must serve their wine. They have a caterer that you have to use. The food was good, but it was a bit challenging getting the details sorted out with the cater and finalizing everything. In the end, food was tasty! They are a venue that has experience with large and small events. Definitely check them out!