Escondido Wedding Venue
13455 San Pasqual Road
Escondido, California 92025
Alejandro Orfila, the man behind lovely Orfila Vineyards and Winery, has led an extraordinary life. Formerly Argentina’s ambassador to the United States, and later Secretary General of the Organization of American States, he has hobnobbed with every U.S. president from Truman to Clinton. When he retired from his 39-year diplomatic career, he bought a small winery in sleepy San Pasqual Valley and turned its 70 acres into an unexpectedly world-class operation. Credit also goes to winemaker Justin Mund, who joined Orfila in 2010 and continues to maintain and enhance the winery’s high-quality standards.
Orfila’s grounds are as spectacular as their wines, and they make a decidedly romantic backdrop for a wedding. Ceremonies are held on an expansive lawn with a classic wine country view: countless well-tended rows of Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes receding towards unspoiled hills rising in the distance. Only the occasional bird chirping interrupts the quiet of this valley, which becomes your cathedral. Its timeless natural beauty complements any celebration, whether formal, relaxed, or somewhere in between.
It’s a short stroll from the lawn to the patio, where your guests gather for cocktails. Surrounded by flowers and lit by charming gas lamp-style fixtures, it’s the perfect spot for mingling on a balmy summer evening. Bartenders typically dispense libations under the long, vine-covered grape arbor, as your family and friends sample hors d’oeuvres—you may also be inspired to host a wine and cheese tasting!
There is no shortage of photo opportunities at Orfila: down in the vineyard; in the sprawling, grassy rose park among white, pink, peach, yellow and red roses; and up in the aromatic barrel room (you’re sure to recall its intoxicating aroma every time you open your wedding album).
Are you planning to invite a lot of people? They’ll all fit under the 6,000-square-foot white pavilion adjacent to the patio, with plenty of room left over for your band or DJ and dancing on a hardwood floor. Heaters and ceiling fans provide comfort in any weather; leave the tent sides tied open to enjoy the breeze and the view of the vineyard when the weather is good (which is most of the time). Dramatic spotlights, uplights and “gobo” lights can be adjusted to create whatever mood you like.
In keeping with its commitment to quality, the winery only works with a handpicked coterie of preferred caterers who can handle the full range of events, from a simple down-home dinner to an elaborate gala. In addition, Orfila will assign an event supervisor to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Finally, what would make a more fitting keepsake of your marriage at the winery than a bottle of your favorite Orfila vintage, customized with your own private, commemorative label? Uncork one bottle per table and let your guests raise their glasses together, or give every adult a bottle to take home to remind them this was a very good year.
CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site holds 100 seated or standing guests indoors, and 350 seated or 400 standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces can accommodate 350 seated guests.
One third of the rental fee is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 7 days prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $2,000–3,600.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from list
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: rental available
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: self-parking or valet
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: office phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: provided
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
View: hills, landscaped grounds; panorama of vineyards, valley and mountains
Other: picnic area, complimentary event coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: bar service in-house
Smoking: not allowed inside tent
Music: amplified OK outdoors with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Choose From List
Year-round, weekdays until 8pm, and weekends until 10pm.
Alternate Info: Orfila Vineyards & Winery