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Gainey Vineyard and Barn

Santa Ynez Wedding Venue
3950 East Highway 246
Santa Ynez, California 93460
Contact: Sunny
Phone: 805/688-0558x104

Why We Like This Place

With its setting in the rolling, oak-studded hills of Santa Barbara’s wine country, picturesque Gainey Vineyard has earned a reputation for both fine wine and stellar hospitality. For over 25 years, Gainey has hosted special events and weddings to great success. 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 Cellar, a cozy room whose walls are stacked with floor-to-ceiling wine bottles.High-backed leather chairs surround long rustic tables of dark wood, outfitted with linens, candelabras and bowls of fruit create 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 Terrace, 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 Lawn, with its two massive oaks and commanding vistas, is the property’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 Barn, built in the 1890s. Located a half mile from the winery, this historic structure is a terrific spot for dancing, and the expansive area around it makes a wonderful setting for a celebration with your custom style, from eclectic chic to a casually upscale affair. Rolling hills, a nearby creek and shady oaks provide the scenery. You can also tie the knot at nearby Patrick’s Vineyard, a rolling meadow framed by old-growth trees and serene mountain vistas.

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. After you’ve sampled its award-winning varietals, pastoral surroundings and friendly welcome, Gainey is sure to rank high on your list.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 50
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 125
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 400
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 175
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 400


  • Max. Seated: 32

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Vineyard View Lawn holds up to 300 seated guests; the Terrace accommodates up to 200 seated.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Courtyard holds up to 400 seated or standing guests; the Tasting Room 50; The Terrace up to 200 seated with a dance floor and DJ or band; The Cellar 32 seated and the Barrel Room 125 seated. The Barn grounds accommodate up to 500 guests.

MEETING CAPACITY: The Cellar holds 32 seated.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

For weddings, a $3,500 nonrefundable deposit is required to book the site. The site rental fee for the Vineyard is $7,000 Friday, Saturday or Sunday, April-October, and $6,000 Friday, Saturday or Sunday November-March. The Barn rental fee is $5,000, which includes use of the Barn and grounds. Discounts available for Monday-Thursday events, so please inquire for you personal quote.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: BYO
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: BYO
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: BYO
Bride’s Dressing Room: VIP 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: day-of wedding coordinator required

Venue Views

Garden Patio/Courtyard

Venue Type

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

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