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.
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.
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.
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