The Wente Legacy
A name that has signified tradition, family and experience for 136 years, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously-operating, family-owned vineyard. Founded in 1883, we are California’s premier wine country destination and the standard by which the event industry measures the best of the best.
Our event staff boasts decades of experience and can handle anything that may come our way. Celebrating nearly two decades with Wente, our executive chef Jeff Farlow produces top quality cuisine paired with our exquisite wines and an unmatched level of service. Our coordinators have each been part of the Wente family for years, giving our clients the confidence they deserve that their events are in expert hands at all times.
A Wente Vineyards wedding is a full-service affair, as we provide nearly everything you will need for the ultimate in convenience and quality, including the use of our venue for your ceremony when you book a reception, for no additional charge.
Our partners represent the best creative professionals in their fields and are committed to working with us to design a custom experience for every one of our couples. Simply select your own florist, entertainer, photographer and officiant and we’ll take care of the rest.
We pride ourselves on producing stress-free, top-quality events delivered with our world-famous hospitality. Destination couples, in particular, can take comfort in knowing that our on-site coordination team has every detail under control and is happy to work virtually to ensure that everything falls exactly in to place.
Celebrated as one of California’s premier wine country destinations, Wente Vineyrds blends traditional and innovative winemaking practice to create a remarkable selection of wines for couples to select for their Big Day.
Wente menus, created with our portfolio of wines in mind, are restaurant-quality and served fresh. Our executive chef regularly reviews and curates our selections so they represent both traditional, signature favorites and new, innovative ingredients and techniques. He is happy to customize concepts on request and is well-versed in the intricacies of menus from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, including Mediterranean-inspired dishes and scratch-based Indian menus.
Of course, as a vineyard, our award-winning wines are at the heart of all of our menus and we provide pairing suggestions for every entrée. We will gladly offer recommendations, yet we are absolutely willing to prioritize personal preference in our final wine recommendations. Many of our couples come back year after year, especially on anniversaries, to enjoy the wines they served on their wedding days.
Wente Vineyard is committed to sustainable cuisine that is good for the environment, good for our patrons and also good for our business. We constantly perfect techniques that reflect what is best for the environment.
What It Means to Be a Wente Couple
Once you have booked your wedding, we will plan an initial “idea factory” session to discuss your vision and priorities. We will begin working on your menu, start the process of obtaining quotes that you may need, and answer all of your initial questions.
Next, we will present your estimates, finalize your menus and select wine pairings. You will meet with our talented pastry department to discuss your cake design and sample a variety of flavors, including many that are wine-inspired.
We conduct group menu tastings tapas-style. Chef Jeff is on-hand to answer your menu-related questions and the Tasting Room is open so you can discuss your wine pairings.
Our coordination team will guide you through the rest of the planning process anticipating your needs whenever possible. We will assist you with personal touches and keep everyone involved in the day organized and relaxed. You can actually enjoy your celebration knowing that from set up to pack out, our team has everything under control.
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Meghan Sloan · Married on 06/22/2019
A Dream Come True
We had the wedding of our dreams at Wente! From the beginning, Tricia, Stephanie, Briana, and the rest of the amazing staff treated us like royalty. We couldn't have been happier with the venue. Our guests LOVED the food (especially the lobster mac and cheese and the cakes!). So much, in fact, that a person I've never met from Norway said they "heard the food was great" at our wedding. We were particularly impressed with the service. We had about 70 guests at 10 tables and no one had to wait to get food. Everyone was served each course within about 6 minutes. The bartenders were efficient and friendly. We had excellent service at the sweetheart table, as well. Wente staff went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed throughout the night. Everything was well organized and my husband and I didn't have to worry about a thing. Wente was the perfect venue!Sent on 07/18/2019
Wente Vineyards's reply:We're so happy to hear we could exceed your expectations, Meghan! You were so fun to work with from the planning process to the big day. Our staff really enjoyed getting to know you and your family. Enjoy married life and come back and visit us soon!
Kati · Married on 10/01/2018
We had a destination wedding and wanted everyone who travels to California to have a unique and memorable experience. We had been to so many weddings at event centers, so we wanted one that had history and culture associated with it. We ate at the Wente restaurant and the food was to die for, plus the scenery was gorgeous. we met with their event staff to discuss having our wedding there, and when we heard they offer a wedding coordinator that was included in the venue fee, we knew that this would be the perfect place. Our wedding coordinator was Christine and our day of coordinator was Kayla. Bother were amazingly responsive to all of my questions (there were a lot) and they set us up with each of our vendors. Since we had our reception outside, they were able to get us all the quotes for lighting, dance floor, etc. I had multiple requests to see prices of different items and Christine happily went back to the vendors each time to request something new. A few days before our wedding there was a chance of rain, and in no time at all Christine had helped come up with a new plan if needed (but it didn't end up raining!) They have a great facility above the Cresta Blanca room to get ready for the girls and the guys, and on the day of the wedding Kayla our day of coordinator made sure we were taken care of. Having a coordinator who knows the property made everything a breeze. She helped us stick to our timeline, gave us wine whenever we needed, and was the sweetest person to work with! Wente also makes the cake and will do whatever design you would like- we went with chocolate fig and pistachio - both were delicious. The food portions are very large, not like typical small wedding portions, and everyone commented that it was probably the best pork chop they had ever had and that the salmon was cooked perfectly. The day of service staff was courteous, quick, and helpful. They give you a list of vendors who they prefer to work with and I would definitely goSent on 10/08/2018
Alana · Married on 08/06/2017
Where to begin! We had the most incredible wedding at Wente's event center & lawn. They were very easy to work with leading up to the day - Tricia made sure to cover all the important details with us. I felt they took the time to understand the type of wedding we were trying to have and made suggestions to make sure the whole day was exactly what we wanted. Our wedding day of coordinator was also AMAZING. She took charge at our rehearsal and really made the whole day run smoothly. I didn't notice anything out of place! It really helped me relax knowing that our coordinator had all the details and was ready to go.Sent on 09/12/2017
The service all night was extraordinary and I strongly recommend any couple take a look at Wente. I would be remiss not to mention the FOOD! Everyone complimented us and literally everything tasted incredible. I can't imagine getting married anywhere else.
Professional staff to make your wedding dreams come true in a beautiful and flawless day!
Wente Vineyards are great! Fantastic settings, wonderful people that are easily some of the best in the industry. I am always super excited when I have the opportunity to photograph a wedding at a Wente Venue!