Calistoga Wedding Venue
4855 Petrified Forest Road
Calistoga, California 94515
JULY WEDDING ALERT: Hans Fahden still has several premium wedding dates available in July 2015—including July 4th. Summer is a great time to enjoy the Monet garden in full bloom with roses and water lilies galore!
Mention this alert during your site visit and you’ll receive a $1,000 discount on any “All Inclusive” package or the “À La Carte” site fee.
High in the mountains between Santa Rosa and Calistoga, the Hans Fahden family has created an incredible place with outdoor sites elegant enough for satin gowns and tuxedos, and a marvelous indoor facility with some of the most extraordinary features we’ve ever seen.
Even at first glance, the winery’s gardens and event facilities are quite lovely, but like a Fabergé egg, their outward beauty is only a prelude to a wealth of creativity, craftsmanship and aesthetic richness within. Your special event may start in the Teahouse, a quaint wooden structure covered with wisteria, grapevines and red climbing roses. Small gatherings can use the Teahouse for ceremonies or receptions, but larger groups mingle there before descending into the gardens below. The gardens are an exquisite combination of French country style and wildlife habitat, and if they remind you of an Impressionist painting, it’s no coincidence. Winery owners and landscapers Antone and Lyall Fahden relied heavily on Monet’s paintings of the gardens at Giverny when they designed their own. As you travel the path down to the pond, your senses are tantalized by the sights and smells of roses, irises, petunias, pansies, cornflowers, poppies, ornamental grasses and native shrubs. The garden has been cleverly planted so that something different blooms each month, creating one wave of color after another. In late spring, roses take center stage; other floral “coming attractions” include matilija poppies, oleander, zinnias, sunflowers and blue pitcher sage. Midway between the Teahouse and pond, a terraced lawn bordered by a volcanic-ash rock wall and beds of pink evening primroses, lavender, roses and California poppies serves as a ceremony site for large weddings. The covered bridge spanning the lily pond can also be used for weddings, and brings you close to a variety of wildlife—thanks to the ducks, egrets, quail and mourning doves that call the gardens home.
After exchanging vows, join your guests in the winery building, a long graceful structure whose mellow wood exterior and peaked, sage-green roof blend with the rugged mountainside behind it. Inside, a gray slate floor, high beamed ceiling of grooved pine and redwood, and cream walls give the room a simple beauty that complements the glory of the gardens viewed through French doors. In one corner, a grand piano provides background music as your guests nibble appetizers and sip champagne. Just when everyone thinks that their eyes simply couldn’t take in any more beauty, the 400-pound Douglas fir doors at one end of the room are thrown open to reveal a wine cave containing candlelit tables set for dinner. This amazing cave is like the jewel within a Fabergé egg: gorgeous, surprising and utterly unique. Formed of volcanic ash rock, the T-shaped cave’s walls are lined with wine barrels; metal fixtures with grape-leaf cutouts and twinkle-light-wrapped poles provide subtle lighting. At the T’s apex, two wine barrels support a massive arrangement of fresh flowers; above, gold candle sconces in floral designs await lighting. When these sconces are lit, along with the candelabras on the tables and the twinkle lights, Ali Baba’s cave itself could not be more enchanting. Magical doesn’t even begin to describe an event here—as you sit down to dinner, surrounded by flowers, flickering shadows and the piquant smell of aging wine, you’ll feel as if you’re part of a breathtaking fairy tale. And, unlike limestone caves, this cave’s volcanic-ash rock adjusts to body temperature when occupied, so you can wear the most daring décolleté gown and never have to throw a jacket over your shoulders.
If you’re thinking that Hans Fahden sounds like a wonderful place, but you’re not planning to get married anytime soon, keep in mind that the winery can accommodate all types of events, from a gala celebration to a business seminar. But we can’t help feeling that the site’s stunning visual appeal may be most appreciated at a wedding. So, brides, if your fantasy includes a vision of you in a magnificent Vera Wang gown against a backdrop of pristine natural beauty, you owe yourself a visit to Hans Fahden Winery. They can make your dream wedding a beautiful reality!
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Monet garden seats 120; the Teahouse seats 50; multiple garden settings for Enchating Elopements are available during the week.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Grand Room and outdoor patio combined accommodate 120 guests; the Wine Cave seats 120. During winter months, December–March, the facility accommodates up to 85 guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Grand Room seats 100 guests, the Wine Cave seats 120.
For an À la Carte wedding, a $2,500 deposit is required to reserve your date; the balance is due 10 days prior to the event. The rental fee is $5,500 on weekdays including Friday, $6,250 on Sunday, and $7,250 on Saturday. All-inclusive wedding package rates are $23,550 for weekdays including Friday, $24,350 for Sunday, and $25,350 for Saturday. A $3,000 deposit is required to reserve your date, and the balance is due 10 days prior to the event.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: round tables, 120 Chiavari chairs, 120 white padded ceremony chairs
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: textured cement floor
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: on-site lot
Accommodations: private honeymoon cottage sleeps 4, lodging in Calistoga is 5 minutes away
Outdoor Night Lighting: market lighting and Japanese lanterns
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ
View: vineyards, Mayacamas mountains
Other: day-of coordinator, baby grand piano, rentals valuing $5,000+ included with rental fee
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: full bar available, wine provided or BYO, no corkage fee with 1 case minimum purchase
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: DJs only, no bands allowed
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: certificate required
Other: no rice, birdseed, confetti, sparklers or butterfly releases
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Year-round, daily, 10am–10pm.
Alternate Info: Hans Fahden Winery Hans Faden Vineyards