Napa, California 94558
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Why We Like This Place
Opened in 2006 with an expansion in 2012, this elegant three-story complex has the look of an opulent Tuscan villa thanks to sienna- and umber-colored buildings, a dazzling cedar loggia and a flagstone-faced porte-cochère. Yet The Meritage Resort and Spa is unlike any other venue in Northern California. With its innovative approach to luxury and epicurean delights, the resort may be the quintessential embodiment of the Wine Country lifestyle.
The buzz in Napa is all about The Meritage’s Estate Cave, a manmade marvel carved 128 feet into a hillside. Situated beneath The Meritage’s vineyards and gardens, the vast 22,000-square-foot cave is home to Spa Terra, the world’s only underground four-star spa. Lavished with natural stone and copper water features, this gently lit haven offers a long list of indulgences including nurturing couples’ treatments and bridal beauty services. The Estate Cave also boasts the Trinitas Cellars Tasting Room and a novel reception area that evokes the warm glow and dramatic ambiance of Old World Florentine wine caves.
The grounds of The Meritage Resort and Spa are equally alluring. Laced with walking paths, the hilltop’s lush landscape provides the perfect backdrop for slow, romantic strolls. Take full advantage of the stunning scenery by exchanging vows at any one of the resort’s breathtaking locales: The Vineyard Deck, tucked among the vines directly behind the resort and just above the Estate Cave, comes complete with a ceremony gazebo and vineyard view. Another enticing setting is the Vineyard Terrace, which overlooks the resort’s nine acres of vine-cloaked hillsides and a cabana-lined pool. Large ceremonies can be held out on the Piazza, a sun-splashed courtyard. If you prefer an intimate indoor option, then tie the knot at one of Napa’s only private chapels, Our Lady of the Grapes. With a soaring wood-beamed ceiling and stained-glass windows that let in natural light, the chapel casts an ethereal radiance over the proceedings.
Receptions unfold in the Meritage Grand Salon or the Carneros Ballroom, the two largest ballrooms in Napa Valley (each divisible into up to 10 sections). With dark wood trim and imposing chandeliers decorated with stylized grapes, they have an appealing Italian flair. The ballrooms are bracketed by long loggias that bathe them in soft northern natural light, and prefunction areas that face out onto the resort’s inner courtyards. All of these adjoining spaces are lovely for mingling and wine tasting.
Superior hospitality and plush accommodations are other keys to The Meritage’s success. Many of the guest rooms have private balconies and vineyard views, and you can reserve a private wing of accommodations for the wedding party and family members. As the VIP couple, why not stay in one of nine sumptuous suites? They’re decked out with marble baths, granite counters and a chef’s kitchen where meals can be prepared and served just for the two of you.
Speaking of food, The Meritage’s award-winning restaurant, Siena, has a stellar wine list and Tuscan-influenced menus that are available for your event. Artfully incorporating ingredients from local organic farms, the rustic and naturally flavorful cuisine promises to be as inspiring as the surroundings. Guests can also sample a gourmet coffee or gelato at the resort’s Blend Café, and top off an evening in Crush Ultra Lounge with its six bowling lanes and upscale American cuisine.
If it all sounds a little overwhelming, don’t worry. The Meritage’s accomplished event manager will assist with all the details and work directly with your wedding planner, so you’ll be free to enjoy every moment of your celebration. This is a deluxe, one-stop resort where guests are utterly pampered. Mission accomplished.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 200
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
- Max. Seated Indoors: 500
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 900
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 400
- Max. Seated: 900
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The outdoor space holds up to 200 seated guests, and the Estate Cave holds up to 200 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Ballroom holds up to 650 seated banquet-style, 500 seated with a dance floor or 900 standing guests. Outdoor spaces hold up to 200 seated or 300 standing guests.
MEETNG CAPACITY: Event spaces accommodate 10–900 seated guests indoors.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
A non-refundable deposit equal to 25% of your total contracted amount is required to reserve your date, and the balance is due 10 days prior to your event. Rental fees range $500–8,000 depending on season and space rented, and include event manager, linens, votive candles, printed menus, tableware, etc. Wedding Packages range $135-$199/person, and include appetizers, meal, dessert, bar package and dance floor. Tax and a 22% service charge are additional.
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: CBA
Parking: large lot, valet optional
Accommodations: 322 guest rooms & suites
Telephone: house phone, guest room phones
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: vineyards, valley, garden, hills
Other: event coordination, spa services
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BYO wine only with corkage fee
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK indoors and outdoors until 10pm.
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Alternate Info: The Meritage Resort at Napa