Why You'll Love This Place
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High in the mountains between Santa Rosa and Calistoga, the Hans Fahden family has created an incredible place with outdoor sites elegant enough for satin gowns and tuxedos, and a marvelous indoor facility with some of the most extraordinary features we've ever seen.
Even at first glance, the winery's gardens and event facilities are quite lovely, but like a Fabergé egg, their outward beauty is only a prelude to a wealth of creativity, craftsmanship and aesthetic richness within.
Your special event may start in the Teahouse, a quaint wooden structure covered with wisteria, grapevines and red climbing roses. Small gatherings can use the Teahouse for ceremonies or receptions, but larger groups mingle there before descending into the gardens below. The gardens are an exquisite combination of French country style and wildlife habitat, and if they remind you of an Impressionist painting, it's no coincidence. Winery owners and landscapers Antone and Lyall Fahden relied heavily on Monet's paintings of the gardens at Giverny when they designed their own. As you travel the path down to the pond, your senses are tantalized by the sights and smells of roses, irises, petunias, pansies, cornflowers, poppies, ornamental grasses and native shrubs. The garden has been cleverly planted so that something different blooms each month, creating one wave of color after another. In late spring, roses take center stage; other floral "coming attractions" include matilija poppies, oleander, zinnias, sunflowers and blue pitcher sage. Midway between the Teahouse and pond, a terraced lawn bordered by a volcanic-ash rock wall and beds of pink evening primroses, lavender, roses and California poppies serves as a ceremony site for large weddings. The covered bridge spanning the lily pond can also be used for weddings, and brings you close to a variety of wildlife—thanks to the ducks, egrets, quail and mourning doves that call the gardens home.
After exchanging vows, join your guests in the winery building, a long graceful structure whose mellow wood exterior and peaked, sage-green roof blend with the rugged mountainside behind it. Inside, a gray slate floor, high beamed ceiling of grooved pine and redwood, and cream walls give the room a simple beauty that complements the glory of the gardens viewed through French doors. In one corner, a grand piano provides background music as your guests nibble appetizers and sip champagne. Just when everyone thinks that their eyes simply couldn't take in any more beauty, the 400-pound Douglas fir doors at one end of the room are thrown open to reveal a wine cave containing candlelit tables set for dinner.
This amazing cave is like the jewel within a Fabergé egg: gorgeous, surprising and utterly unique. Formed of volcanic ash rock, the T-shaped cave's walls are lined with wine barrels; metal fixtures with grape-leaf cutouts and twinkle-light-wrapped poles provide subtle lighting. At the T's apex, two wine barrels support a massive arrangement of fresh flowers; above, gold candle sconces in floral designs await lighting. When these sconces are lit, along with the candelabras on the tables and the twinkle lights, Ali Baba's cave itself could not be more enchanting. Magical doesn't even begin to describe an event here—as you sit down to dinner, surrounded by flowers, flickering shadows and the piquant smell of aging wine, you'll feel as if you're part of a breathtaking fairy tale. And, unlike limestone caves, this cave's volcanic-ash rock adjusts to body temperature when occupied, so you can wear the most daring décolleté gown and never have to throw a jacket over your shoulders.
If you're thinking that Hans Fahden sounds like a wonderful place, but you're not planning to get married anytime soon, keep in mind that the winery can accommodate all types of events, from a gala celebration to a business seminar. But we can't help feeling that the site's stunning visual appeal may be most appreciated at a wedding. So, brides, if your fantasy includes a vision of you in a magnificent Vera Wang gown against a backdrop of pristine natural beauty, you owe yourself a visit to Hans Fahden Winery. They can make your dream wedding a beautiful reality!
2022 dates are also available for Garden Wedding Ceremonies & Wine Cave Receptions!
Please call 707-774-9084 for more details and let them know Here Comes The Guide sent you!
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Day of week
- Time of year
The site fee from April–November is $8,000 Friday/Sunday and $10,000 on Saturday.
- Package prices vary depending on:
- Day of week
- Guest count
- Package chosen
- Custom Small Wedding Packages (30 guests) start at $16,000
- Chardonnay All-Inclusive Package (50 guests) ranges $21,900 Friday/Sunday to $23,900 Saturday
- Cabernet All-Inclusive Package (85 guests) ranges $29,200 Friday/Sunday to $31,200 Saturday
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 100.|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Garden seats 100; the Teahouse seats 50; multiple garden settings for Intimate Elopements are available during the week.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Great Room and outdoor patio combined accommodate 100 guests; the Wine Cave seats 100. During winter months, December–March, the facility accommodates up to 85 guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Great Room seats 100 guests, the Wine Cave seats 100.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Elopement Packages
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- LGBTQ+ Friendly
$ • $$
Year-round, daily, 10am–10pm.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall / Events Facility
- Historic / Landmark Building
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
- Winery / Vineyard
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Creek / River
- Forest / Woods
- Lagoon / Pond
- Landscaped Grounds
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: round and rectangular tables, 110 Chiavari chairs, 110 white padded ceremony chairs
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: textured cement floor
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: on-site lot
Accommodations: private honeymoon cottage sleeps 4, lodging in Calistoga is 5 minutes away
Outdoor Night Lighting: market lighting and Japanese lanterns
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ
View: vineyards, Mayacamas mountains
Other: day-of coordinator, piano, rentals valued at $7,350+ included w/rental fee
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: only Hans Fahden wine may be poured at your event; BYO sparkling wine, beer, and hard cider with complimentary corkage
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: DJs only, no bands allowed
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: certificate required
Other: no rice, birdseed, confetti, sparklers, or butterfly releases
Alternate Info: Hans Fahden Winery Hans Faden Vineyards