Napa Valley isn't the only place that couples should consider when planning a wine country wedding. In fact, Santa Barbara County has some of the most unique and beautiful winery destinations to choose from. With a strong Spanish influence, most of the wineries are set back amongst rolling hills in beautiful stucco villas with a wine list that can please the palate of even the most refined aficionado. The Santa Ynez valley bursts with some of Santa Barbara's most breathtaking wineries ideal for classic rustic weddings.
Gainey Vineyards: For the Rustic-Chic Santa Barbara Wedding
Surrounded by the Santa Ynez Mountain Range, Gainey Vineyards is a Spanish-style hacienda that plucked some of the best real estate in the valley for their tasting room and event space. Set on 100 acres of lush vineyards, oak trees bend in the sunlight making this one of the most peaceful and romantic wedding spots in the area.
Whether you want to get married in the tasting room with 50 guests or need the patio which can accommodate up to 200, couples can take their pick of this vineyard's prime real estate to whisper their vows. If you want something off the winery grounds, the Gainey Ranch is located a half-mile from the tasting room you will find a rustic Californian farm tucked aside rolling hills, majestic oak trees, and an original 1890's barn.
Firestone Vineyards: For the Celebrity-Worthy Traditional Vineyard Wedding
Constantly finding itself in wedding news for being so ridiculously gorgeous, even "Bachelor" star Andrew Firestone didn't stray far from his family roots for his own 2008 wedding which took place at Firestone Vineyards. Whether you choose to treat guests to an authentic hayride to the outer lawn or simply want to host one of the most gorgeous fetes in history on their flagstone patio, Firestone Vineyards is a Santa Barbara destination wedding favorite among wedding industry professionals and couples alike.
Located just 45 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, the jaunt is well worth the sun-soaked views and romantic setting. With a larger-than-life 200-year old oak tree as the main backdrop for a sunset ceremony, its looming presence is a poetic reminder of the lifelong commitment each marriage vow whispered beneath it represents.
Sunstone Vineyards: For the Most Romantic Santa Barbara Vineyard Wedding
Winding along the edge of the Santa Ynez River, hosting a destination wedding at Sunstone Vineyards is a lot like having a destination wedding in the French countryside (without having to master your French). Dripping in the scent of lavender and rosemary, Sunstone isn't shy about being exclusive. They only book a handful of weddings a year, but those who are lucky enough to snag a spot can experience the castle-inspired stone beauty of the winery.
Aside from its gorgeous tasting room, the setting exudes elegance from every winding staircase, vineyard row, lavender-lined pathway, and sun-kissed grape. For the couple who wants warm and fuzzies from start to finish, a Sunstone Vineyard wedding is a magical destination wedding option that can evoke the most perfect of happily ever-afters.
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