The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Create a wedding celebration that whisks you and your guests away to an intimate setting nestled deep inside of a canyon along the Santa Cruz Mountains. Located just outside of Gilroy, CA, The Redwood Retreat at Fernwood Cellars offers an experience unlike anything you’ve ever witnessed before.
Couples can choose to get married in the outdoor venue surrounded by the majesty of rolling hills and rugged mountaintops balanced out by the timeless elegance of a mature wine orchard. To-be-weds have the luxury of trusting all of their needs to the venue's team of skilled matrimony magicians, all prepared to make your wedding day one to remember.
The historic estate has remained family owned and operated for more than six generations. Originating as a metaphysical resort popular in the 1800’s, after a few transformations, happy couples can now invite anywhere from 25 to 150 guests to witness and celebrate their vow exchange surrounded by nature.
What You Should Know
As the anticipation for your wedding intensifies with each passing day, the dedicated team of event planners at The Redwood Retreat at Fernwood Cellars is prepared to put your mind at ease. With mature redwoods and vineyards lined for as far as the eye can see, the venue has an ambiance couples say you have to see to believe. All viewings of the property are scheduled by private appointments. This way, the staff ensures that couples receive the attention they deserve.
Firstly, the venue only books private events. This means couples will be treated to an intimate celebration void of outside distractions. From a serene elopement using nature as your backdrop to an over-the-top extravaganza topped with all the bells and whistles, there’s no limit to how you can create your perfect moment. All weddings are held outdoors and there is no coverage provided by the venue. Parking is available at the venue, but there is no handicap access.
Other than event planning, The Redwood Retreat at Fernwood Cellars doesn't offer catering, event rentals or any other vendor service. For this reason, all couples will have to use outside vendors to handle things like food and drink, entertainment, flowers and other necessities. Clean up will also have to be provided by couples.
Anyone scheduling a private reservation for their wedding ceremony or reception must secure liability insurance prior to the event. With that out of the way, the bride and groom can enjoy their wedding ceremony and reception without worries or cares. If you’re a lover of fine wines or appreciate the wonders of the great outdoors, you won’t find a similar venue with more to offer.
Current owner and passionate winemaker, Matt Oetinger takes pride in the wines produced from his vineyard. Following his father, winemaker and manager at Hummingbird Hill Vineyard Lew Oetinger, Matt puts his love for wine into every single bottle.
Planting his first set of vineyards on the property in 1999, now Matt has the pleasure of treating to-be-weds and their guests to the most delicious blends available. His commitment is evident everywhere. There’s even Chardonnay planted right outside of the tasting room. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc and Syrah are planted just steps away also. Between the evidence literally being placed at your feet and Matt’s sustainable farming practices, there are many features that make this venue special.
The Redwood Retreat at Fernwood Cellars is a vineyard first and event venue second so there aren't as many amenities and perks regarding wedding planning as other venues like banquet halls offer. What they don't have in amenities they make up for in ambiance.
From the Vendor
Imagine "I Do"
At the end of a winding country road, nestled in a canyon at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, is REDWOOD RETREAT AT FERNWOOD CELLARS. A touch majestic, romantically picturesque, and ruggedly serene - an intimate, outdoor venue. There is a sense of timelessness- being in another world you didn't know existed. REDWOOD RETREAT (est. 1863) has been cared for by five generations of family. Along every path, you'll find a spot for creating moments. Open only for private events, this special place makes for a perfect canvas where you can create unique, memorable moments.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Farm + Ranch, Historic Venue, Mountain, Park, Vineyard
We had our wedding at Fernwood Cellars on Sept 20th 2014 and I cannot say enough about how amazing our day was. Matt and Tiffany Oetinger transformed a picturesque redwood grove into a gorgeous romantic setting with picture-perfect ambiance. Their attention to detail and commitment to us and our wedding day by far surpassed anything we could have ever hoped for. Their wines are simply amazing and all of our guests continue to talk about their experience to this day. They are both wonderful people, amazing owners and now, lifelong friends. If you are considering Ferwood for your special day, look no further. We couldn't be happier or recommend them more. Sincerest thanks to you both! -Robert and Stacy Whitacre
Meet The Owner
Matt & Tiffany Oetinger
IMAGINE... Hosting your guests in the clearing - creekside, with sparkling market lights, and an altar of redwoods. IMAGINE... You and your crew prepping in a private suite in the family estate overlooking vineyards. Your beloved and crew relaxing in the grove below enjoying the outdoor bocce court. IMAGINE... The towering redwood trees as they wait for you to make your way down the path where the two most important words will be spoken… “I do.” Visit us and imagine creating your own memories amongst the Redwoods and Vineyards. By appointment only.