Why We Like This Place
Located just a half mile off Main Street in downtown Los Gatos, Testarossa Winery is one lovely spot. The road leading up to this site winds through a pleasant residential neighborhood, but once you enter the historic winery’s stone and wrought-iron gates, you leave the modern world behind.
It was on top of this knoll that Jesuits began missionary work in California in the late 1860s. The first seminary was built here in 1888, giving way to a more permanent winery building in 1893. Known as the Novitiate Winery in honor of the seminary students (called “novices”), it’s a fine example of a 19th-century, three-story, gravity-flow winery, and amazingly, it’s still in operation today. The Jesuits stopped making Novitiate wines in 1985 and leased the winery to Testarossa in 2003. The original building still stands, forming the core of the present-day venue.
A variety of options are available for weddings, special events and business functions. Outside, the sunny, flower-lined courtyard patio is a sweet spot to hold an open-air reception in the summer. Trees border one side, and on the other there’s a bank of ivy containing a recessed, two-stepped wooden deck that’s perfect for ceremonies and musicians.
Indoors, Testarossa has a unique group of spaces. As you pass through the front door, you find yourself in a cool stone tunnel that’s one of the most interesting ceremony sites you’ll ever see. It feels exactly like a cave, with its century-old limestone walls and vaulted ceiling. A photographic history of the Novitiate is displayed on one wall, and artwork graces the other. Antique chandeliers softly light the way, as the bride walks down the center aisle, flanked on both sides by her seated guests.
The Palazzio Room is spacious enough for dinner and dancing. Rehearsal dinners are cozy and elegant in the Niclaire Room, whose stone walls rise to a wood-beamed ceiling and enclose a grand table that extends the length of the room. Add beautiful linens, crystal and candles to make dining here a romantic affair.
Inside and out, Testarossa Winery conveys warmth and a sense of a rich past. You couldn’t ask for a more tranquil and beautiful environment for any kind of event.
Max. Seated Indoors: 90
Max. Seated Outdoors: 90
Max. Seated Indoors: 120
Max. Seated Outdoors: 100
Max. Standing Indoors: 150
Max. Standing Outdoors: 100
|Max. Seated: 60|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The facility holds 90 seated guest.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Various indoor spaces hold 15–120 seated or 35–150 standing guests. Combined, the Tasting and Palazzio Rooms plus the patio hold up to 200 guests for an appetizer reception. The patio alone accommodates 100 seated or standing guests outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Event spaces accommodate up to 60 guests seated theater-style.
Fees & Deposits
Half of the total purchase is required to reserve your date; the balance is due 2 weeks prior to the event.
Testarossa Winery offers two choices when planning your wedding. One option is to rent the facility and work directly with a preferred caterer to create a menu specialized to your needs. All-inclusive wedding packages range $101–175/person and include the rental fee and a selection of gourmet menus from which to choose. The rental fees for a wedding range $4,000–6,500 depending on the size and day of the event. Weddings may be held on any day of the week.
Corporate packages range $95–185/person, including food, wine and rental. Tax is additional.
Year-round, daily, 6:30pm–11pm. Please call for date availability.
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Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided or select from approved list
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Site ViewsGarden Patio/Courtyard
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: wine, beer and champagne by Testarossa; no BYO
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