Morgan Hill Wedding Venue
1480 East Main Avenue
Morgan Hill, California 95037
There is practically no event that this versatile venue can’t handle. Corporate dinners, private parties and seminars keep this family winery hopping all year long. They even host a Harvest Festival complete with a grape stomping competition, and a Holiday Gift Faire in December. But from the first weekend in May through the second weekend in October, the winery’s charming Villa Emile Event Center is most popular for rehearsal dinners and weddings.
Emilio Guglielmo, whose family passed down their winemaking craft for generations in Italy, came to the Santa Clara Valley in 1908 and by 1925 had established his winery in Morgan Hill. Today, Emilio’s grandsons run the award-winning winery, and their custom-designed event space, Villa Emile, is a pleasing complement to it. Creativity is encouraged here, and the staff will help you custom-design your event, too, including personalized labels for small bottles of wine you can use as favors.
Villa Emile is immediately adjacent to the winery itself. Pass through the iron gates, topped by a stained-glass window with the family name “Guglielmo” encircled by grapevines, and you’ll find yourself in the courtyard. This area consists of a cobblestone patio bordered by beds of assorted flowers, an appropriate setting for small parties or pre-dinner drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Nearby is a large granite bar where wine, champagne and beer are served under an arbor covered by a luxuriant 80-year-old grapevine.
A redwood pergola and concrete walkway link the courtyard to a larger cobblestone event space, where tables and chairs can be set up—with a canopy tent if the weather is hot. At one end of the area is an enormous covered stage supported by rugged sandstone pillars (perfect for live music or a DJ). In front of the stage, a large dance floor invites you to get out there and boogie. At the other end of the area is a charming red-tile-roofed arbor, where couples often exchange wedding vows. To the right, a new building contains a spacious, beautifully appointed dressing room for the bride and her attendants. A small balcony off this room overlooks the vineyard and rolling hills, and is a favorite spot for wedding photos.
The structures here—all built out of terracotta stucco—seem to have sprung from the earth as naturally as the grapevines themselves, and their red-tile roofs are reminiscent of Tuscany. Geraniums, lilies-of-the-Nile, and petunias are colorful accents in front of the stage and along the paths. In this lovely setting, with its relaxed, Old World ambiance, you and your guests will feel that time spent at Guglielmo Winery is time well spent indeed.
CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: Indoors, Guglielmo holds up to 72 seated guests, outdoors up to 450 seated guests.
The rental fee starts at $800 for indoor events, and at $4,500 for outdoor events, and varies depending on space rented, day and time of event and guest count.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from list
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens: provided, variety of colors
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: cement floor near stage
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: ample, lot nearby
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: large, white canopy, vineyards and surrounding hills
Other: event coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided, no BYO
Smoking: designated areas
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required
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Indoors, year-round. Outdoors, May–October.
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