Elliston Vineyards 463 Kilkare Road • Sunol • California 94586


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

When gold rush pioneer Henry Ellis carved out an estate for himself in 1890, he picked a prime setting: a sheltered canyon tucked between two tree-covered ridges. Here he set up house in a three-story mansion constructed of thick sandstone from nearby Niles Canyon, and went about enjoying life in the country. Today his lovely homestead, now surrounded by vineyards, has become a prime setting for hosting weddings, receptions, and private parties.

Garden-style ceremonies are held outdoors alongside the historic mansion, in a garden brimming with native flora and including an expansive lawn and gazebo. Stage your photos here, and you'll have some striking options for a backdrop—the century-old stone house, vibrant displays of azaleas and camellias, and sprawling vineyards. But if you'd like to search for more photographic possibilities, go right ahead—there are plenty of photo opportunities at Elliston.

A short walkway takes you from the garden to the Terrace Room, a secluded 2,000-square-foot banquet room set into the hillside. Its vaulted ceiling and glass walls add to the feeling of spaciousness, while the surrounding deck gives guests a chance to dine al fresco at umbrella-shaded tables. A Victorian gazebo next to the deck is large enough for a bridal table or a quartet of musicians to serenade partygoers. The entire site is sheltered by oak, eucalyptus and olive trees, creating an ideal venue for you and your guests to celebrate.

Whether you're a bride planning your wedding or a wine aficionado, Elliston Vineyards is a destination worth seeking. Centrally located, with access from several East Bay freeways, you're close to civilization but you'd never know it—the quiet country atmosphere will give you the delicious feeling of being a million miles away.


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PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $3,500–4,950/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
  • Rental fees include:

    • 4.5-hour reception (with the option to extend)
    • Tables, mahogany Chiavari chairs, white linens, and tableware
    • Patio bistro lights, LOVE sign, and gazebo
    • Banquet staff & bartenders, and setup and teardown
Ceremony Fee
  • $1,600–3,000/event
  • The ceremony fee is $1,600 when held with a reception and $3,000 when held alone. This includes:

    • A half-hour ceremony along with 2–hour access to grounds for set-up
    • Two dressing suites in the mansion, set with 2 bottles of Elliston champagne
    • 1-hour rehearsal with coordinator
    • Ceremony chairs, water station, welcome table, wine barrel décor, and more
Package Prices
  • All packages include:

    • Passed hors d'oeuvres
    • Salad and bread service
    • Plated or buffet-style entrées and sides
    • Floor-length linens, napkins, dishware, flatware, and glassware
Food & Beverage Minimum
  • $7,500–9,500/event
  • The F&B minimum applies to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings April–October. There is a $3,000 minimum on peak season Thursdays.

Meals (when priced separately)
  • $80–90/person
  • Meal pricing includes passed hors d'oeuvres, salad, bread service, buffet or plated entrées and sides, plus floor-length linens, napkins, and standard rentals. Cultural menus are also available.

    Wine & beer packages are additional, and range $30–45/person for 4-hour service. Hard liquor packages are $34–44/person, with a $2,500 minimum.

Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 20%
Additional Info
  • Overnight accommodations in the Mansion (sleeps 10) may be reserved for $2,500 per night. Inquire for details!


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 150 200
Cocktails, etc. Standing 175 200
Reception Seated 150 100
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 150.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: Outdoors, the South Lawn holds 200 seated; indoors, the Terrace Room can accommodate 150 seated.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Terrace Room and adjoining deck accommodate 225 guests, with 125–150 seated indoors and 75–100 seated outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: The facility holds up to 150 seated guests.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Garden
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Mansion
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Winery / Vineyard

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Hills
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Vineyard
  • Waterfall

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: projector screen
Parking: large lot, parking attendants
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: vineyards and hills
Other: event planning and day-of coordination


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: champagne, wine, beer, and spirits packages provided in-house; no BYO
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK inside only
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed, or confetti


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