New Jersey Vineyard Weddings

Many consider New Jersey the diner capital of the world, but the garden state serves up much more than Coke and fries. A varietal of whites and reds have made splashes within the international wine industry. During the 2012 “Judgment of Princeton” blind tasting competition, many New Jersey wines ranked higher than wines from France. With soil and climate conditions similar to France’s Bordeaux region, this is just the beginning for New Jersey’s growing wine industry.

Of the 40 wineries throughout New Jersey, at least 22 welcome weddings and private events. Each of these wineries reflects a unique look and feel, from North Jersey’s Four Sisters Winery at Matarazzo Farms to South Jersey’s Renault Winery.

Tomasello Winery by Mazzeo Studio - Wine Country Occasions, www.winecountryoccasions.com
Tomasello Winery wedding ceremony pergola. Photo by Mazzeo Studio

Imagine an outdoor tented wedding on a 250-acre farm and vineyard. Four Sisters Winery at Matarazzo Farms offers plenty of room to run, dance and party. The cozy Vintner’s Room accommodates up to 48 guests. A variety of events including Barefoot Grape Stomping Parties, Murder Mystery Dinners and Family Fun Days offer additional activities for out-of-town guests.

Courtesy of Four Sisters Winery at Matarazzo Farms Wine Country Occasions www.winecountryoccasions.com
Courtesy of Four Sisters Winery at Matarazzo Farms

Located in Central Jersey, Unionville Vineyards’ historic loft tasting room overlooks the Winery Floor. The inviting stone-walled Cave Room’s wine barrel tables and wooden stools appeals to the vintage bride and groom. An open lawn behind the 1858 Mansion is a beautiful site for larger outdoor

wedding ceremonies and tented receptions.

Tomasello Winery by Mazzeo Studios - Wine Country Occasions www.winecountryoccasions.com
Tomasello Winery photographed by Mazzeo Studio

Tomasello Winery’s French country-styled crystal chandeliers, marble floors, outdoor cobblestone courtyard and gazebo create a picturesque setting for any wedding. The Vintner Reserve’s award-winning cuisine makes catering a breeze, and the views are unforgettable.

Founded in 1864, South Jersey’s Renault Winery is one of the oldest operating wineries in the nation. A combination of intimate banquet rooms and grand ball rooms offer a variety of options for a small or large reception. With a hotel and 18-hole golf course on site, Renault Winery is a popular destination venue. Guests can relax at the winery, play a round of golf or swim in the hotel pool.

These wineries are only a few of the gorgeous wedding venues in the garden state, where you can expect a charming ambience and superb wines on your special day.

~Written by May Durkovic, editor of Winery Weddings Magazine

Virginia Winery Weddings

Home to over 230 wineries, the Virginia wine industry received international recognition in 2012 when the state was named one of the top 10 wine destinations in the world. As the nation’s fifth largest wine producer, Virginia wineries have increased from 50 to over 230 in the past 15 years.

As more and more new wineries open throughout the state, the number of winery weddings increase. Couples are intrigued by the breath-taking vistas, family-friendly atmosphere and tranquility of a winery. Over 100 Virginia wineries double as a venue for private events such as weddings and bridal parties.

Philip Carter Winery in Hume, Virginia photographed by Saskia Paulussen Photography, posted by Wine Country Occasions, www.winecountryoccasions.com
Philip Carter Winery in Hume, Virginia. Photo credit: Saskia Paulussen Photography

A winery wedding is unique in that each winery showcases a different look, feel and style. From a Tuscan- styled (think Breaux Vineyards) to a Mediterranean-styled (like Narmada Winery) tasting room, each winery has its own draw and appeal. Of the 100 winery venues in Virginia there’s a perfect one for every couple.

The more popular venues, including Veritas Winery, Sunset Hills Vineyard, Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards and Early Mountain Vineyards offer a ballroom-styled facility that holds up to 300 guests. A bridal suite, small kitchen and elegant bathrooms complete the bridal package. An event or wedding coordinator is typically present during the wedding.

Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, Virginia, photo by Early Mountain Vineyards, posted by Wine Country Occasions, www.winecountryoccasions.com
Event hall at Early Mountain Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo credit: Early Mountain Vineyards

Smaller venues, such as Hillsborough Vineyards, Philip Carter Winery and Barren Ridge Vineyards transform their tasting room into a reception site that holds up to 150 guests. A bridal suite may be included, and an event planner is usually on staff.

Other venues have a much smaller tasting room and require an outside reception with the rental of a tent. Porta Potty, or portable toilet, rentals may also be necessary if the tasting room is closed and locked up for the evening. These venues don’t necessarily provide a wedding coordinator and tend to be less expensive, charging by the hour as opposed to a flat fee.

Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, Virginia photo by Pamela Lepold Photography posted by Wine Country Occasions, www.winecountryoccasions.com
Breaux Vineyards in Purcelville, Virginia. Photo credit: Pamela Lepold Photography

While Virginia offers many winery venues to choose from, it can be difficult at times for brides and grooms to know which wineries offer weddings and which do not. As a Virginia winery bride, my husband and I found it challenging to determine which vineyards allowed weddings and which did not. That’s why we started Winery Weddings Magazine, an East Coast resource for brides and grooms interested in a winery wedding. It’s the only magazine in the country with an emphasis on vineyard weddings.

Each issue features winery weddings, and we’ve worked with brides and grooms from across the country who chose to wed in Virginia. From Washington state to Florida, and even Brazil, couples are taking advantage of the beauty and charm only a Virginia winery can offer.

So plan your destination wedding today and visit www.winerylove.com for the latest tips and trends on a winery wedding.

~Written by May Durkovic, editor of Winery Weddings Magazine

Selecting Your Vineyard Wedding Venue

© Rocky Reston | Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

You’re engaged! Congrats! What’s next?

Well…almost every wedding professional will agree that the two most important things when planning a wedding are 1. setting a budget and 2. selecting your venue. These are the top two items on almost every wedding planner/professional’s list.

Whether you’re a wine lover,  had your first date at a winery, got engaged at a winery, or just love the idea of having your wedding at a winery…you are not alone! Wineries lend themselves to a festive environment and who can pass up on the gorgeous backdrop of rolling hills and rows and rows of grape vines? Plus you’ve got your ready made theme!

With many wineries, you now have multiple setting options – you can select from multiple outdoor locations, an alluring wine cellar or barrel room, or enjoy both by starting outside and moving the celebration indoors. Either way, here are a few things to consider when selecting your venue.

1. Noise Ordinances – Due to their locations many wineries have strict noise ordinance that they must adhere to.

2. Electrical Outlets – If you need to plug anything in – ipod, projector, band equipment, ect., make sure there will be enough power points for everything.

3. Weather – Depending on the time of year and location of your wedding, make sure adequate heating and air conditioning will be available to keep your guests comfortable throughout the event.

4. Access Restrictions – If you plan to provide transportation for your guests, make sure you find out if there are any access road limitations. There may be a limitation on the size of shuttles or vans that can travel to and from the winery.

5. Candle Policy – Do you plan to use candles for lighting? You will need to know if the venue allows candles and if so, do they need to be in glass containers or can they be “naked”.  Also, who will be responsible for lighting them and maintaining them throughout the day/evening.

This is by no means a comprehensive and complete list, just a few things to consider once you get through the when, how many, how much, etc…

We have compiled one of the most complete Wine Country Weddings and Wine Country Wedding Venues lists for your reference. Take a look!

 

Winery Wedding Venues: Complete List of Vineyards and Wineries Where you can Host Your Event

Are you planning a wedding, bridal shower, anniversary party or a business party? From the west coast to the east coast and many places in between, there are over a thousand wineries in the United States with facilities for private events. Most wineries offer beautiful outdoor areas near an oak tree or a winery garden. Other wineries make available their barrel room or banquet rooms for special occasions. Start planning your wine country event! Here is the link to our complete list of winery wedding venues.