Winters Wedding Venue
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Winters, California 95694
Just an hour from San Francisco and 20 minutes from Sacramento lies an exquisite organic farm and winery. Surrounded by peach and apricot orchards, lavender fields, grapevines and seasonal row crops, Bear Flag Farm looks as if it was plucked straight from the French countryside. The winery, main house, guest cottage and barn are like a tiny village, with orange tile roofs and golden stucco walls that seem to glow in the sunlight.
As guests arrive, they drive onto the farm past a wrought-iron gate that opens onto a winding driveway divided by a row of flowering crepe myrtles. At the end of the drive, their cars are whisked away by a valet to a parking area hidden from view.
The farm offers several wonderful ceremony and receptions sites, so the couple can pick the ones that suit them best. Some brides like to glide through the French doors of the cottage onto a small terrace, and then walk down the steps to exchange vows on the soft lawn below. Or, the couple might say “I do” on the 3,000-square-foot lavender lawn, nestled in the lavender field. Yet another option is a ceremony next to the vineyard, where guests are seated after being treated to fresh lemonade or minty iced tea and a stroll through the almond orchard.
Formal dinners, buffets, champagne receptions, cake-cutting ceremonies and dancing can be staged on the grand terrace, in the grassy amphitheater guarded by sycamore trees, or under a sprawling tent shading the vineyard lawn. Parasols are available for daytime events, and as the sun sets, silk lanterns or even chandeliers can be used to cast a romantic glow over the evening’s festivities.
Bear Flag Farm provides a tremendous amount of flexibility for its guests. Since only one daylong event is allowed per weekend, couples have the time and space to fully prepare for their celebration. The preferred list of caterers includes some of the best Bay Area and Sacramento chefs, and early in the year Bear Flag Farm works with each chef to select specific crops that will be harvested fresh from the farm for seasonal menus. In this way, Bear Flag Farm’s goal of providing a true field-to-table experience is fulfilled, and guests reap the rewards of flavors only available to those who come to the farm. Live music is not only allowed, but encouraged—the one restriction being that it has to end at a reasonable hour out of consideration for neighboring farmers.
In addition to weddings, Bear Flag Farm hosts other events such as private and corporate parties. Part of Bear Flag Farm’s mission is to expand people’s awareness of organic and sustainable farming. That shouldn’t be hard—its benefits and delights are easy for anyone to appreciate as they linger amid this abundance of fruit trees, grapevines and rows of lavender.
CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The location accommodates up to 200 seated guests outdoors.
The rental fee for exclusive use of the farm starts at $13,000.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from list
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: through facility or planner
Linens, Silver, etc.: through facility or planner
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: valet provided
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ on site
Cleanup: through caterer
View: vineyards, mountains, meadows, garden, lavender fields
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: through caterer
Smoking: designated area only
Music: amplified OK with time & volume restrictions
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: liability required
Choose From List
The regular season begins in May and ends in October.