Fortino Winery is a rustic wedding venue nestled in the hillsides of Gilroy, California. This setting offers multiple event spaces for couples to host their big day, each adorning its own unique aesthetic. Its extensive vineyards, rich greenery, and intimate event rooms make for a stunning background for various nuptial themes. The property’s attentive staff will be with you each step of the way to make sure you and your guests are properly cared for.
Facilities and Capacity
First established in 1970, the family-owned Fortino Winery has since opened its doors to give soon-to-be-weds a romantic destination to host their wedding. Among the 50 acres of thriving vineyards, there are multiple event spaces to choose from that make for eye-catching backdrops for ceremonies and receptions. The Redwood Terrace offers lush views of flourishing redwood trees and manicured gardens during ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. Up to 300 guests will be free to dine and dance throughout the evening underneath the delicate canopy and bistro lighting. Indoor celebrations can take place in the Barrel Room, a rustic setting with vintage decor to make you and your loved ones feel right at home. With a capacity of 100 people, the Barrel Room has many amenities to offer, including a spacious bar area, dance floor, and custom lighting. Its central heating and air conditioning make it an ideal space for events during any season. For a more intimate setting, the Tasting Room offers enough space to host events with up to 30 guests. Natural wood walls and rows of wines surround the area and provide a one-of-a-kind backdrop for elopements and prenuptial events.
Fortino Winery’s event coordinator will work closely with you during your planning process to make sure your nuptial vision comes to fruition. The onsite bartenders can provide cash, limited, and open bar services, and offer an extensive wine list and beer selections for guests to enjoy. Tables, chairs, and dinnerware are provided and set up into any arrangement that couples prefer. You will also have an extensive list of preferred trusted vendors to choose from to complete your special day, including photographers, bakers, and live music.
Their onsite catering team specializes in classic Italian cuisine and customizes their menus to best match a couple's preferences. From your rehearsal dinner to your dessert table, they will strive to keep your guests satisfied throughout your celebration. With dishes ranging from eggplant parmesan to sirloin steak, they can accommodate any serving style you want, including buffet stations, plated dinners, and family-style displays.
25 Reviews for Fortino Winery
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Diane B. · Getting married on 10/02/2021
Fortino Winery was great for our daughter's wedding
We had our daughter’s wedding at Fortino Winery last February before the world closed and it was a perfect day! Bree and the rest of the staff were excellent and made the day run so smoothly. She is professional and never got ruffled and made sure the entire day stayed on schedule. Gino Fortino did the food and it was amazing! Our guests went on and on about it. All in all, the day couldn’t have gone better. I highly recommend them!Sent on 03/06/2021
User2926606 · 2+ years ago
There have been 17 days since we had our amazing wedding. Everyone has being complimenting our choice in venue and I felt it was time to share. This venue is wonderful. The ceremony location out by the trees was just perfect and looked awesome in photos. It was pretty windy on rehearsal night and I was a little worried but all in all the wind was much tamer on our wedding day.Sent on 07/28/2014
Debbi, the venue coordinator knows her venue and staff well. She's on top of her stuff and had warned us about the wind so it wasn't a total surprise. She's a go getter and has to be to wrangle a whole wedding party. She at first comes off a bit tough but really she has to be to get stuff and people in the right places. Everyone had a great time and Debbi kept us on track. Honestly we had a difficult group who didn't listen well so she wrangled us well.
There are lots of awesome photo op locations even though it's a relatively small vineyard (Which is part of what we loved about it). We loved the very personal feel of the space. It's really charming. The bridal suite is a good space with a shower and bathroom but could be even better with some updated window coverings and furniture. But really we were in there for such a small amount of time it wasn't a big thing.
The food was amazing. We did the family style meal and have not stopped hearing about how delish the chicken parmesan was. Also our guests loved the almond champaign. We were able to choose the beer that was served and again Debbi knows her stuff we ordered the perfect amount of wine and beer thanks to her help.
The venue was just stunning and we really were able to use very little decorations which was awesome. Can't wait to visit it again and day dream about our amazing day. It was just perfect. I wouldn't have changed a thing.
Christin · Married on 03/14/2014
My Husband and I were very excited to choose Fortino Winery because of many reasons. To list a few we chose Fortino because of how friendly the staff is when we've been wine tasting, how beautiful the setting was for our ceremony and reception, and how Awesome Debbie Sanchez is! The winery and Debbie took great care of us. Debbie answered all of my questions I had up until it was time for our wedding and she is extremely knowledgeable because of how long she has been doing weddings. Debbie helped to make our day so special and made sure everything went off without a hitch. We are so lucky to have chosen such an amazingly special place to get married and I would recommend to anyone to check out Fortino Winery for your possible venue and work with Debbie Sanchez. Debbie Josh and I cannot thank you enough with how amzing you are! Thank you so so much!Sent on 04/19/2014
If you are searching for a beautiful outdoor venue with a friendly staff, look no further than Fortino Winery. The well-maintained reception area is hidden by tall trees on one side and a picturesque vineyard on the other, perfect for a ceremony and reception. I have had the pleasure to work with Terri and Debbi on a few occasions. I can tell that they love what they do because they always have smiles on their faces. The food is delicious, I highly recommend Fortino Winery for your special event.