I loved this winery so much that I wanted to share this wedding venue that we visited last weekend in Santa Rosa, which is part of Sonoma County. To be honest, I guess I didn’t really know what Sonoma County geographically consisted of until recently!
Paradise Ridge Winery was featured on Wedding Spot, and that was how I actually found out about them. With their famous LOVE structure backdrop, it was hard not to take a peak at them. It is truly a romantic and beautiful winery to get married at, and if I had a smaller 100-ish person wedding, I think this would be the perfect spot! However, my guest count will be almost double that, and they advertise they can fit only 150 people for the indoor reception–though I was told in person it could be possible to squeeze more. I like my space though, so this was probably the biggest drawback for me about this place. I wasn’t sure if for the price tag I was also willing to cut down my guest list, as I already had a hard enough time limiting it. I’m hoping by advertising them, though, perhaps one of my friends might consider this place so I can attend a wedding here! ;) But this would still be a wonderful place to go wine tasting and enjoy with friends, even if not for a wedding.
The tasting room, which is also the reception room, is set up higher on a hill so that you get a gorgeous view of the vineyards from above. At night, the city lights twinkle afar in the distance. A nice covered veranda patio wraps around the building so that you can admire this view while sipping on wine or even dining on this patio. Casual seats on a wooden deck under a giant oak tree or even by the couches and outdoor fireplace can make for a great summer afternoon or cozy fall evening! And actually, it looks more like a fire pit for making pizzas…uhm, yes please! The winery seemed to get more popular in the afternoon, but around 11:30am when we were visiting, it was relatively peaceful and quiet. There were some couches that were also reserved for a private party and there was another party that had reserved a table to eat at on the veranda.
I loved the oak tree surrounded by a deck, as the hanging lights in the evening and lanterns looked magical in many of their photos of events. White lanterns are also already included in their rental, as are the string lights on the tree. It would definitely be a rustic backdrop for a cocktail hour. The deck leads out from the veranda upstairs and opens up to the sitting area downstairs (fire pit area), so it’s a spacious outdoor area for guests to mingle and enjoy the incredible view!
And, of course, that LOVE structure is a huge attraction. Literally. The winery itself bought the giant letters from Burning Man one year and so it is always on display further down the hill below the vineyards. At night it lights up too so guests can see it from the tasting room/reception room! They also have art exhibits of other statues, sculptures, structures, etc. that rotate seasonally. A lot of it I found to be abstract, but it certainly makes this winery a cool and hip place to check out with more to do than just wine tasting! Check out the Wedding Spot blog post I linked above to see more of their pictures of events, and check out some that we captured over the weekend as well!