Santa Ynez Wedding Venue
3950 East Highway 246
Santa Ynez, California 93460
Although its setting in the rolling, oak-studded hills of Santa Barbara’s wine country is a picturesque one, Gainey Vineyard has earned a reputation for something other than its native good looks. With its year-round program of tastings, tours and concerts, the winery has become a purveyor of both fine wine and culture. The combination has met with success: All of Gainey’s varietal wines have won coveted gold medals, while big names like Randy Newman, Count Basie, Emmylou Harris, Diana Krall, Lucinda Williams and Al Jarreau have been among the acts providing the music. Gainey Vineyard has over 25 years of experience hosting special events and weddings. The site’s natural beauty can’t help but attract couples from miles around, and when they get here, the bride and groom will find a supportive and energetic staff.
As you approach the winery, you get your first glimpse of its visual appeal. Over 90 acres of premium grapevines spread out on either side of the long entry drive, which ends in a sweep around a circular courtyard in front of the hacienda-style winery building. The Tasting Room inside is a handsome space for intimate gatherings. Spanish tile floors, dramatic lighting and a grand-scale fireplace give it a country-casual ambiance. Adjacent to the Tasting Room is the Wine Cellar, a long room whose walls are stacked with floor-to-ceiling bottles of aging wine. Add tables outfitted with linens, candelabras and bowls of fruit for a glowing Tuscan-style reception, or follow your own vision. The spacious Barrel Room, lined with casks of aging wine, is another option for a warm, elegant dinner.
Receptions also take place right outside on the Patio, a grassy open-air courtyard bordered on one side by a grapevine-covered trellis. At the end of the trellis, a barbecue and kitchen prep area make outdoor catering easy. Leafy rows of Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot grapes frame the Patio’s uphill side, where two stately heritage oaks create a majestic focal point.
The Vineyard View Picnic Area, with its two massive oaks and commanding vistas, is the facility’s most popular site for ceremonies. Couples say their vows on a raised knoll beneath one of the oaks, while their guests enjoy not only the moment but the view: acres of vineyards and the Santa Ynez Mountains in the distance.
Gainey’s oldest event site is The Old Homestead, built in the 1890s. Located a half mile from the winery, this rustic barn is a terrific spot for dancing, and the expansive area around it makes a wonderful setting for either a western-style celebration or an upscale casual affair. Rolling hills, a nearby creek and shady oaks provide the scenery.
If Gainey Vineyard sounds like the kind of place where you’d like to get married or throw a party, come by for a wine tasting and take in a concert. After you’ve sampled its wine, song and pastoral surroundings, Gainey is sure to rank high on your list.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Vineyard View Picnic Area holds up to 300 seated guests; the Patio accommodates up to 200 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Courtyard holds up to 400 seated or standing guests; the Tasting Room 50; the Patio up to 200 seated; the Wine Cellar 50 seated and the Barrel Room 125 seated. The Barn grounds accommodate up to 500 guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Conference Room adjacent to the Patio holds 10 seated.
For weddings, a $5,000 nonrefundable deposit is required to book the site. The site rental fee for a BBQ wedding is $2,500 Monday–Thursday, $4,500 on Friday and $5,500 on Saturday and Sunday. For a catered wedding the site rental fee is $3,000 Monday–Thursday, $5,000 on Friday and $6,000 on Saturday and Sunday. The Barn rental fee is $3,000, which includes use of the Barn and grounds. The Conference Room rental fee is $200/day.
Sophisticated barbecues start at $38/person and include tableware, linens, tables and chairs. If you don’t use the in-house caterer, you’ll have to supply all event rentals. The event balance is payable 2 weeks prior to the function. With prior arrangement, the sophisticated kitchen may be used.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house or BYO
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided or BYO
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided or BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: BYO
Bride’s Dressing Room: lounge available
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lot, valet required
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ
Cleanup: provided or caterer
View: vineyards, rolling hills
Other: coordination, extra fee
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: Gainey Vineyard wines only; beer also available
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required
Other: no rice or confetti
Year-round, daily except major holidays, 10am–10pm. The Tasting Room, Wine Cellar and Barrel Room are available 5pm–10pm only.
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