Sunol Wedding Venue
463 Kilkare Road
Sunol, California 94586
When gold rush pioneer Henry Ellis carved out an estate for himself in 1890, he picked a prime setting: a sheltered canyon tucked between two tree-covered ridges. Here he set up house in a three-story mansion constructed of thick sandstone from nearby Niles Canyon, and went about enjoying life in the country. Today his lovely homestead, now surrounded by vineyards, has become a prime setting for hosting weddings, receptions and private parties.
Garden-style ceremonies are held outdoors alongside the historic mansion, in a garden brimming with native flora and including an expansive lawn and gazebo. Stage your photos here, and you’ll have some striking options for a backdrop—the century-old stone house, vibrant displays of azaleas and camellias and sprawling vineyards. But if you’d like to search for more photographic possibilities, go right ahead—there are plenty of photo opportunities at Elliston.
A short walkway takes you from the garden to the Terrace Room, a secluded 2,000-square-foot banquet room set into the hillside. Its vaulted ceiling and glass walls add to the feeling of spaciousness, while the surrounding deck gives guests a chance to dine al fresco at umbrella-shaded tables. A Victorian gazebo next to the deck is large enough for a bridal table or a quartet of musicians to serenade partygoers. The entire site is sheltered by oak, eucalyptus and olive trees, creating an ideal venue for you and your guests to celebrate.
Whether you’re a bride planning your wedding or a wine aficionado, Elliston Vineyards is a destination worth seeking. Centrally located, with access from several East Bay freeways, you’re close to civilization but you’d never know it—the quiet country atmosphere will give you the delicious feeling of being a million miles away.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Outdoors, the South Lawn holds 225 seated; indoors the Terrace Room can accommodate 150 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Terrace Room and adjoining deck accommodate 225 guests, with 125 seated indoors and 100 seated outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: The facility holds up to 150 seated guests.
A nonrefundable $2,000 deposit is required when reservations are confirmed. 50% of the estimated event total is due 6 months prior to your function, with and additional 25% payment due 2 months prior to the event. The remaining balance, with a confirmed guest count, is due 2 weeks prior. An event minimum, which may apply, includes meals, beverages, facility fees, service charge and tax. The actual cost will depend on the menu and beverage package selected, and guest count. Three-course luncheon and dinner menus, including hors d’oeuvres, start at $46/person; buffets start at $42/person and require a 50-person minimum.
For meetings and conferences, a nonrefundable deposit is required when reservations are confirmed. Room fees range $500–750. Minimums may apply. Continental breakfast, full lunch and afternoon snack run $44/person.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: AV, overhead projector, screen, flip charts, podium, DVD and monitor, extra charge
Parking: large lot, parking attendants
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: vineyards and hills
Other: event planning and day-of coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: wine, beer or champagne provided, no BYO
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK inside only
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed or confetti