Livermore, California 94550
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Why We Like This Place
Situated in a picturesque canyon at the southern end of the Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards Restaurant, Event Center and Golf Course is surrounded by grapevines, sycamore groves and rolling hills. The site, with its beautifully landscaped grounds, is a versatile setting for corporate retreats, special events, and of course, Tri-Valley Wine Country weddings!
Founded 125 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country's oldest continuously operated family-owned winery. It's no wonder, then, that the architecture reflects a sense of California history. White Spanish-style stucco buildings are accented with tile roofs and floors, and terracotta pots full of flowering plants set a cheery tone. The event center includes the Cresta Blanca Room, where indoor receptions are held, and the adjacent Terrace Lawn, a pretty spot for a garden wedding ceremony. There's space here, too, for an elegantly tented reception. Or use an open-sided tent for dancing, and set up tables and chairs outside to enjoy the view, which includes the changing seasonal colors of the sycamore trees.
Speaking of views: One of the best can be had on the new Vineyard Lawn near a pond at the golf course's 18th hole. Ceremonies and receptions on this green expanse can accommodate up to 1,000 of your nearest and dearest; in the background, lush vineyards and the golden Sandstone Hills cast a romantic spell.
Wente's award-winning restaurant casts a spell of its own. Three private dining rooms and terraces with vineyard views accommodate intimate receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers or any other celebration. Wente, which has been Green Certified by Alameda County, has earned much critical acclaim for its cuisine, wine and sustainability. (They're among the first wineries in the state to be recognized by the recently established Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.) Menus focus on simple foods with complex flavors, and incorporate the freshest locally grown and organic ingredients. Experienced staff will assist you with menu choices and wine selection, as well as recommendations for event services such as photography, floral design and overnight accommodations.
Wente also offers private wine tastings in their wine caves (a superb idea for your rehearsal dinner) and customized wine labeling for wedding favors. Sometimes event hosts organize a round of golf on Wente's Greg Norman-designed course, located just a chip shot away from the Conference Center. In keeping with their environmental sensitivity, the course was recently designated a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by the Audubon International Program.
With its first-rate facilities, acres of vineyards and warm, Mediterranean ambiance, Wente is an extremely popular event site. They book up quickly, so don't wait too long to pay this East Bay oasis a visit.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 150
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 350
- Max. Seated Indoors: 150
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 1000
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 200
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 1000
- Max. Seated: 100
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Lawn and Garden can accommodate 350 seated; the Charles Wetmore and Cresta Blanca Rooms each hold 60–150 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site seats 15–150 indoors, and 20–1,000 outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Various spaces seat 16–100 guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
For weddings, a nonrefundable $1,000–5,500 deposit is required to reserve your date. 50% of the estimated event cost is due 6 months prior to the event, and the event balance is payable 2 weeks prior; all incurred expenses are due on the day of the event. The facility rental fee ranges $750–5,500 depending upon day and season. Catering is provided: Buffets, luncheons and dinners, including a custom-designed wedding cake, range $66–90/person. Tax, beverages, rentals and a 20% service charge are additional.
For business functions, social events and meetings, facility rental fees range $150–5,500 depending on the spaces rented. Food is provided; prices vary depending on menus and services selected. Call the sales department for specific rates.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: available
Bride's Dressing Area: yes, in Event Center only
AV/Meeting Equipment: full range, extra charge
Parking: large lot with parking attendants
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: vineyards surrounded by rolling hills
Other: event coordination
Venue ViewsGolf Course Fairways
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Golf Course/Golf Clubhouse
Alcohol: beer, champagne, spirits and Wente wine provided
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Other: no birdseed, rice or petals
Alternate Info: Wente Vineyards Event Center and Golf Course