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Fortino Winery

Gilroy Wedding Venue
4525 Hecker Pass Highway
Gilroy, California 95020
Contact: Debbi Sanchez
Phone: 408/842-3305


Why We Like This Place

Acres of vineyards, rolling hills, ancient California live oaks … you'll feel the smile on your face and the lift in your spirits even on the approach to Fortino Winery. Located along the Santa Clara Wine Trail, this family-owned and community-oriented establishment has been producing fine wine and equally fine celebrations for decades.

Gatherings generally unfold on the lovely Redwood Terrace directly behind the winery. A popular summer music venue, it also happens to be just the spot for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and other social and corporate events. A low stage backed by towering redwoods provides the perfect focal point for the huge patios and vast sweep of lawn. In summer, a full vineyard sunshade keeps things cool. Sheer enough to shield without blocking your view of the sky, it's accented by market lights that add twinkle to the wink of the moon and the stars.

The variety of spacious settings affords plenty of room for dining, games, entertainment, and dancing. What's remarkable, though, is that this large expanse of patio and lawn has such an intimate backyard feel. Maybe it's the redwood fence or the flowerbeds … or, perhaps it's special touches like the little memorial apple tree where cherished family members are quietly remembered that lend it such warmth. Whatever the reason, you'll definitely feel at home—whether you're a bride in the glamorous bride's room, a groom enjoying a toast with a few special friends under the front patio arbor, or early arrivals sampling a flight of Fortino's award-winning wines in the rusticly charming tasting room. Adults and kids can even play bocce ball and kick back at the picnic tables beneath the giant eucalyptus trees next to the vineyard.

And, if for some reason dining and dancing outdoors is not in your cards, you can move the party indoors and celebrate in the handsome Barrel Room. Entrance is through the broad, 40-foot-high Barrel Door, made by owner Gino Fortino. Comprised of wood from 60-year-old barrels, it has magnificent hand-hewn, wrought-iron hinges. Gino is also responsible for the simple and—according to past guests—simply delicious menu offerings made and served up on the premises. In keeping with the winery's Old World roots, food here is Italian style. Your choices include hors d'oeuvres, the Classic Italian buffet, Fortino's own Dinner Buffet or their Family Style or Wine Country Dinner.

One thing you're sure to notice: Wherever you are on this property, the welcoming vibe is uncanny. It's as if Gino is personally inviting you to relax, while the winery's kind and attentive staff help him carry on the family tradition of hospitality. It's no wonder wedding couples and other guests come back often over the years for birthdays, anniversaries, holiday parties—eventually even their own children's weddings … and a whole new generation of fun.

Capacity

Ceremony

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 100
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 110
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 200
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 450

Meetings

  • Max. Seated: 150

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The facility holds 100 seated guests indoors and 250 seated outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility accommodates 110 seated or 200 standing indoors and 300 seated or 450 standing outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold 150 seated guests.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

An $800 deposit is required to reserve your date. The full facility fee is due 90 days later. The balance is due 10 days prior to the event. Rental fees range $1,800–3,400 depending on the guest count and the space rented. Meals range $34–65/person. Tax (on food and alcohol) and an 18% service charge are additional.

Location Uses

Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners

Services/Amenities

Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride's Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: garden courtyard, landscaped grounds, valley; surrounded by large redwoods, hills and vineyards
Other: event coordination



Venue Views

Forest/Wooded Area
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Hills
Landscaped Grounds
Valley
Vineyards

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Winery

Restrictions

Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required



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