by Jolene Rae Harrington, Director of Creative Content
We’ve been watching the Central Coast’s growing popularity as a wedding destination with eager anticipation. Its gourmet dining, plush accommodations and artisanal shops are attracting an upscale reputation, and Central Coast wines have won international recognition. Yet with all the gold medals and high style, the Central Coast retains its small-town friendliness, and locals have positively thrown out a red-carpet welcome to bridal couples from near and far. Recently we did our own Central Coast Wine Country investigation, and our tour of event-friendly wineries yielded a wealth of provocative options for you to sample:
Santa Barbara Wine Country Wedding Locations – wineries & vineyards
Paso Robles Wedding Locations – wineries & vineyards
Monterey Wine Country Wedding Locations – wineries & vineyards
Picturesque and slightly off the beaten path, the wineries of Santa Barbara County are both discreet and rewarding.
An extremely prolific wine-producing area, Paso offers its own micro-regions and the most variety of venue choices.
Cellar360 Paso Robles – With sweeping lawns that survey honey-colored hills and acres of grapevines, Cellar360 embodies the quintessential wine country experience. The grassy dell fringed with show-stopping rose bushes and the brick terrace next to a tree-shaded herb garden are almost an embarrassment of riches! So by the time you get around to touring Meridian’s sophisticated Barrel Chai—a high-ceilinged hall lined with aromatic oaken casks—you’ve fallen under Cellar360’s spell. Their service-oriented professionals will recommend local vendors, help arrange wine pairings and even provide discounts on their exclusive, limited-release vintages. (I know, we had you at “honey-colored hills”!)
Robert Hall Winery – A unique and spacious banquet facility, the Hospitality Center at Robert Hall Winery welcomes guests with an eye-catching geometric blue fountain. Paths lead to an open-air Amphitheater, encircled by reflecting pools that light up, casting a soft glow over your evening reception. Nearby, the lush Garden Terrace offers a classic wine country ambiance with its majestic oak tree strung with fairy lights, and view of the surrounding hills striped with grapevines. Tuscan-inspired interior spaces include the barrel-lined Wine Caverns. The winery’s executive chef has an impressive pedigree, and can customize your menu. Green weddings take note—Robert Hall is Certified for Sustainability in Practice!
Villa San-Juliette Winery – With stunning Tuscan-inspired architecture and vineyard views to forever, this new addition to the Paso Robles winery scene is sheer romance. Four acres of manicured gardens and a luxuriously appointed interior beckon engaged couples to celebrate amid refined Old World splendor. A barrel room and enclosed patio vie with two lush outdoor sites to host different phases of your event. Villa San-Juliette Winery is a wedding venue worthy of your epic love story!
An agricultural oasis that’s perfect for world-class viticulture, the region boasts 9 distinct AVAs (American Viticulture Areas), stretching from Greenfield north to Moss Landing.