Your wedding venue represents one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make (well, just after deciding who to marry). Think about it. Your entire family, all your closest friends—and a few half-cousins you could probably do without—are here to celebrate your passionate union. They’ve driven miles, flown oceans, and plucked their eyebrows for elaborately posed photos shoots while wearing the perfect periwinkle-hued high heels you demanded they buy, just for this one glorious occasion. Your friends and family love you, but they’ll love you way more if you reward them by throwing a stellar party at a fabulous venue! When it comes to tying the knot, no place more beautiful, romantic, fun (or flavorful) than Paso Robles Wine Country. Here’s our top five reasons why you should wed with wine in hand.
1. Just look around!
It just so happens that the exact climate perfect for growing great wine grapes (temperate weather, plenty of warm sunshine, and minimal rain) tends to lend itself to picturesque outdoor weddings the likes of which you’ve seen splayed across glossy bridal magazine covers galore. When you’ve got a vivacious vineyard like Cass Winery, it makes sense to offer outdoor events under bright blue skies. Choose from the oak tree—where you’ll say, “Heck yes!” under a 200-year-old heritage oak, the library room (perfect for an intimate dining experience) or the barrel room (also a smashing locale for up to 80 guests to jam out to a live band). You can also throw a rustic, 200-person picnic party surrounded by vines. Yes, you can totally howl under the stars as the night burns on. Twinkle lights? Oh yeah. They’ve got you covered.
2. Sophisticated, Never Stuffy
Everyone wants a classy wedding, but no bride or groom ever requested a “stuffy” one. In Paso Robles Wine Country, cowboy culture meets fine culinary offerings, award winning wine, and warm hospitality. Yes, we’re talking about Allegretto Vineyard Resort, which offers all of these attributes in one handy location. Your guests will love booking a room with access to relaxing spa and glittering pool, and you will fall head over heals for the charming European-meets-California ambiance. Think: Mediterranean Gardens, or French-style Abbey, and an outdoor tent space perfect for a reception that celebrates the region’s finest food and wine. Vineyard views and landscaped grounds call to mind the charm of an Italian villa…but no one actually had to spend a zillion dollars flying to Italy. Yep. In Paso Robles, everyone wins!
3. Treat Your Wedding Party
Your wedding party has your back, no matter what goes down the day of (i.e. uncle Larry has a little too much Cab and busts out the funky dance moves). Show your bridesmaids and groomsmen (not to mention your soon-to-be-in-laws) how much they truly mean to you and your betrothed by setting the whole crew up at a gorgeous winery setting, like the The Farm House at Pelletiere Estate. Wherever you choose to say, “I do,” in Paso Robles, the farm house isn’t too far from the action. Located on Paso’s famed 46 West wine trail, several scenic wedding venues and attractions are just a stone’s throw away. The Farmhouse at Pelletiere Estate is an elegant and luxurious wine country retreat featuring three bedrooms, a charming kitchen, breakfast nook, granite countertops, and a timeless vintage stove-oven. The dining room and living room both boast French doors that open onto the expansive private multi-level deck that overlooks the winery’s estate vineyards (and beckons you to enjoy the sunset, while sipping a glass of exceptional house made wine). The downstairs and upstairs bedrooms are well appointed, with modern furnishings (the upstairs features a private bath with mosaic tile shower, dual vanity, spa-quality bath towels and 360-degree views of the winery’s vineyard). Sure, you can let ‘em duke it out over this one, but I’d say you’d be best off giving that room to the mother of the bride. She’s dealt with a lot of seating charts over the past 48 hours.
4. Flavor is Included
Forget scrambling to find a food vendor that perfectly matches the tone of your big day. Instead, let the winery take care of all the delicious morsels for you! When you wed at JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, you can be assured that every aspect will ooze with elegant wine country style (that especially includes the plates). Beautiful vineyards, modern yet cozy facilities, and world-class cuisine and wine pairings make JUSTIN a truly flavorful place to get hitched. The winery’s five-star Executive Chef will design the perfect menu for an hors d’oeuvres and wine reception or a total culinary experience—your choice. Celebrate amongst breathtaking vineyards or host a memorable party in JUSTIN’s one-of-a-kind Barrel Chai (pronounced “shay”). How’s that for a wine enthusiast/foodie’s dream?
5. Your Fairytale Ending
Not everyone wants the same kind of winery wedding (and still thousands more want to replicate the exact mason jar candle holders they found on Pinterest). Both styles of wedding planning are totally OK! In Paso Robles Wine Country, there are dozens of wine wedding venues to choose from (and all have their own special charm). Tooth and Nail, especially, boasts a singular, edgy-modern-castle vibe you must see to believe. This gothic storybook venue is for dreamers, wine aficionados, and couples who seek that real life “happily ever after.” With over 9,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space accommodating up to 200 guests, you’ll enjoy a tailored experience for your engagement party, showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, or wedding day celebration (you can also choose “all of the above”). However, just because you want to get married in a castle, you may not want a “fairytale” wedding. That’s cool. Go off script! Contact Tooth and Nail for a complimentary “splash” wine tasting, tour and personalized proposal, including a Sunday funday brunch the day after. If you can dream it, it can happen in Paso.
6. More Dreamy Wedding Venues in Paso Wine Country:
Located in the El Pomar region of Paso Robles wine country, Rava Wines is the perfect retreat to celebrate your special event or wedding weekend. With its old-world charm and modern clean lines, this venue is a timeless masterpiece.
Mapping and Directions to Rava Wines
Photo Credits: Oak and Barrel Photography
Oak lined pathways, acres of vineyards, walnut groves, and a hilltop view make Opolo an ideal wedding venue. Ride a rustic shuttle to a romantically lit, barrel lined cellar and toast to your future together with a hilltop cocktail hour.
Mapping and Directions to Opolo Winery
Photo Credits: @daniellepoffphoto
Towering sculptures and manicured grounds make Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden an artful place to stroll into forever with your partner.
Mapping and Directions to Sculpterra Winery
This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.
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The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, locally owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers.
Majestically set among vineyards, olive groves and fruit baring orchards, the 20-acre Allegretto Vineyard Resort is a world unto itself, offering breathtaking settings that inspire and bring joy to all who choose this memorable wine country haven. Featuring 171 rooms and suites, on-site spa, grand ballroom, wine tasting room, and inspired culinary creations at Cello, the resort’s full service restaurant.
La Bellasera Hotel & Suites is an elegant boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Influenced by Mediterranean and Italian architecture, the luxurious accommodations reflect the aged sophistication of the Central Coast region and the relaxed nature of the California countryside.
Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is nestled in the Central Coast wine region, home to over 200 wineries, beautiful beaches, mountains and diverse attractions. Relax and revive in a comfortable guest room with all you need for a successful stay. You can count on Hampton to deliver value, consistency and service with a smile. We love having you here®
Experience the pristine countryside of Paso Robles Wine Country at Lekai Ranch. Lounge on the porch of your private suite and lose yourself in the tranquility and stunning views of the vineyards and oak studded hills beyond. This vacation rental is located just minutes from some of the most distinguished wineries and a premier olive oil estate, and only 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles’ restaurants, wineries and shopping.
Enjoy the elegance, style and natural beauty of California’s Central Coast at the JUST Inn®. Surrounded by vineyards, our JUST Inn Suites offer luxurious appointments like fireplaces, Tempur-Pedic®mattresses, Frette linens, hydro-spa tubs, and range in size from 600–1,200 square feet. An overnight stay includes breakfast and a tour of the winery and caves.
Paso Robles Vacation Rentals, also known as PasoStay.com assists guests in creating memories and wonderful experiences by providing quality privately owned vacation home rentals in Paso Robles Wine Country. With over 90 vacation homes to choose from, small enough for a couple’s romantic getaway to large homes amongst local vineyards and olive orchards, PasoStay.com has the perfect option for you. Feel free to call 805-423-9174 to talk with a local expert or book online at PasoStay.com.