A wedding day is one of the most important days in a couple's life. Not only do you want it to be perfect, but also to be unique and special. In the end, a lot of depends on the venue you choose since it will help you set the tone and theme of your big day.
While beach weddings were very popular at one moment, now the newest trend is to go deeper into the countryside. This put vineyards right in the forefront of the most wedding sought out venues and also allowed couples to enjoy remarkable wines and landscapes. If you are starting your planning, consider these world's most beautiful wine regions for the perfect wedding venue.
Say “I do” in the Bordeaux region in France
Probably the first thing that comes to mind when considering France for a wedding destination, it's the magnificent chateaux. Bordeaux region is an ideal spot for couples looking for a perfect combination of modern and ancient design. And the best thing is that you can have your ceremony surrounded by colorful vineyards and then proceed to reception inside the chateau.
Certain venues are secluded and very private, while others are nearby historic sites and dreamy towns. The Vineyard Villa with its 20 acres of land under flowery meadows and rows upon rows of vineyards is a perfect example of a luxuriously rustic setting.
If you are a fan of Cognac, then getting married here is just the right spot since this is the heartland for production of this spirited drink. Domaine de la Belle-Vue is a manor house from the 17th century located in the center of Cognac wineries. Its lush gardens overlooking the vineyards is where you will say "I do" and then the party will continue with a reception under the wines in the wedding garden.
Lavish in the extravagance of Napa in California
For many, Napa Valley is considered as one of the most luxurious destinations in the USA which can fulfill your every desire. Lush hillsides and picturesque scenery offer beautiful settings for private wedding ceremonies, so it’s no wonder many movie stars decide to say “I do” here.
When it comes to wines, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay are the ones that put Napa in the center of attention. Although its Cabernet Sauvignon is equally praised and famed since it more hints of the European reds.
The V. Sattui Winery is located among the never-ending grapevines in Saint Helena and is surrounded by lavish scenery perfect for a sophisticated wedding. If you want something more modern, consider Carneros Resort and Spa which is right in the heart of Napa Valley. Here you can enjoy some relaxing spa treatments and get energized for the big day.
A happily ever after in the stunning Franschhoek in South Africa
Considered as one of the most stunning wine valleys in the world, Franschhoek is cozily snuggled between the urban Cape Town and mountainous landscapes. The region is famous for its Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as for numerous vineyards accompanied by exquisite restaurants.
If you want to spoil yourself and your guests, La Residence is the right place to host a wedding. The establishment has the title as No. 1 hotel in South Africa which is no stranger to A-list guests like Elton John and Robert Redford. But even less expensive options offer the ultimate romantic setting like the garden of the Rickety Bridge or Franschhoek Cellar’s connection to natural surroundings.
Go on a wine tasting tour or a scenic drive to calm your nerves and take the mind off the big day. The area has many hiking trails that will take you further into natural landscapes and give you two some moments away from the fuss.
A Boho ceremony in the rugged countryside of Piedmont in Italy
Couples are attracted to that la dolce vita charm of Italy relying on untouched landscapes with just enough traditional elements to make you feel welcomed. This is exactly what you will find in Piedmont is famous for its Barolo and Barbaresco wines.
The area is full of first-class restaurants preparing authentic Italian food that will win over even the pickiest eaters among your guests. And the rugged countryside will give you enough spots to take romantic photos and even host a Boho ceremony. Or you can exchange vows by the Po River or in one of the many antique churches in the area like Battistero di San Pietro location.
Agriturismo La Cà d’Olga is a farmhouse with vineyards and hazelnut trees offering peaceful countryside for a wedding ceremony and reception in its restaurant. If you want to have the Alps in the background, the vineyards of Fattoria Rossa may be your venue. With an outdoor swimming pool and large terrace, you can get married right on the property and even spend the night on site.
Soak in the beauties of Mendoza in Argentina
When it comes to Mendoza in Argentina, it’s hard to decide which one is more beautiful: amazing wines of the region or the view of the Andes Mountains. Thanks to diverse microclimate and terroir, the wines from this region have gained global fame with its Malbec leading the way.
Since 80% of Argentinian wines come from this region, you will easily find a wedding venue that works well with your ideas. From extravagant sites like Entre Cielos which will dazzle you with luxury, to a rustic elegance of The Vines Resort overlooking the Andes.
When you are not preparing for the wedding, explore the region by horseback riding or go to Rio Mendoza for fly fishing. And if you are staying for the honeymoon, take a blanket and sit outside for some stargazing and a glass of local wine.
Discover the magic of Hunter Valley in Australia
As the fifth largest exporter of wine in the world, Australia has many gorgeous vineyards for you to get married. However, a wedding in Hunter Valley is not only the most magical, but also will bring a lot of locally produced and high-quality wines. This region is famous for its Shiraz and Semillon is close to Sydney and yet offers a peaceful countryside with subtle Provence flavor.
Wandin Valley Estate is an elegant venue including 120 acres of land with beautiful landscapes for a photoshoot and exchanging vows. On the other hand, Dalwood Estate, as the oldest vineyards in the area has a more traditional charm with contemporary service.
To lose the wedding jitters, go on a relaxing hike or fly a hot air balloon which is especially beautiful when the sun is going down. There are numerous wine tours to join in the area which might help you set your mind on the wine for the reception.
The brilliant shades of green of Niagara in Canada
Although Niagara is famous for its waterfall, during the summer and fall, this is one of the most romantic destinations to exchange vows. The brilliant green vineyards with touches of purple grapes will serve as a perfect wedding decoration.
Wineries like Cave Spring and Vineland Estates Winery are popular wedding spots, although you will also find a rustic charm in some nearby farms. Since weddings are commonly held here, all establishments offer tastings of wines and cuisine for the ceremony.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a small and charming village where you will find accommodation for the wedding party and the finest restaurants for rehearsal dinner, like Treadwell. Niagara Falls is only 15 minutes away by car where you can go on your honeymoon or simply spend a few days to relax from all the wedding planning.
Rustic mountain desert of Snake River in Idaho
Snake River in the Southern is full of gorgeous vineyards and robust wineries up to 40 minutes from the town of Boise where you can set up base and prepare for your big day. This is a great place for photos thanks to the dramatic landscapes of mountain desert clashing with a pink and orange sunset.
Tempranillo and Syrah are the famous wines of the region, although reds in general here will not disappoint you. Wineries like Sawtooth and Ste. Chapelle are the leading wedding venues in the area, the latter being also the oldest property here.
So, if you want something traditional and more down to earth, you might just find it with an Idaho wedding among the Snake River’s dazzling nature. Snake River Canyon Rim Trail is one of the ways to explore the area taking you to magnificent Perrine Memorial Bridge and the Twin Falls Love Lock Fence.
In the end
These world’s most beautiful wine regions for perfect wedding venue offer both elegance and simplicity. Since a lot depends on finding just the right place to say “I do”, the abundance of options here will help you to cross this important item off your list faster. Some destinations are even ideal for a honeymoon, or as a getaway to relax after the ceremony.
But whichever venue you choose, without a doubt your wedding day will be full of romance and incredible wines.