Here at Gainey, at the start of every New Year, we get a lot of newly engaged couples booking our winery or barn for their big day. Gainey provides the perfect blend of romance, beautiful views, manicured gardens, and of course, great wine. But there are a few things to keep in mind when planning a wedding at an estate vineyard. We talked to Kerry Lee Dickey of Santa Barbara Wine Country Wedding & Events to get her professional tips on what makes for a successful winery wedding.
Fall has arrived here in wine country and that means two things: less crowds and great weather. And a perfect time of year for a picnic on our Vineyard View Lawn where you’re surrounded by vines on three sides. The leaves on the vineyards are starting to change color from green to orange/red/yellow which adds the dramatic backdrop.
As one of the more popular wedding venues in the Santa Ynez Valley, we love helping brides and grooms bring their vision of a vineyard wedding to life. One of the top questions we get asked is "How much does it cost to have a vineyard wedding?"
One of our favorite local wedding planners who works with us frequently, Leanne Elliott of Soliel Events, has tackled this question head-on as a featured guest blogger on our website.
We are often asked after a solid rainfall season “how did the rain affect the vineyards?”
And it’s a tricky question, because it can be positive or negative depending on timing during the vines growing cycle. We like winter rains—and yet we don’t like rain after berry set (May/June) or too close to harvest. The amount of rain makes a difference depending on the time of year as well. Winter = great. Late Summer and Fall rains = problematic.
Join Cori Lassahn from Vineyard Yoga SYV for a 20-min yoga class on our Vineyard View Lawn followed by a wine tasting with Melissa Sasso. As an added bonus, we are offering a great deal on the wines featured!