Vineyard weddings are a hot trend in 2017

STORY Laurie Wallace-Lynch

Château des Charmes, Niagara-on-the-Lake

“You are surrounded by vineyards which back onto the Niagara Escarpment and when the sun sets over the vineyards it casts a magical light and you are transported to another time and place.” – Michèle Bosc, Château des Charmes, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Add to this the convenience of being able to hold your ceremony, reception, dinner and dance and take wedding photos all in one gloriously gorgeous setting.

“We are an all-inclusive destination, and that’s great for the bride and groom as well as their guests who are not left to fend for themselves between the ceremony and the reception,” adds Michèle. “Our culinary partner is Vintage Hotels, so you are getting outstanding five-star food and service in the beautiful natural setting of a working winery.”

Surprisingly half of the couples who have been married at Château des Charmes hail from outside Ontario, according to Michèle. “We have couples in the military that are stationed overseas or are from other countries who come here to be married,” she explains. “Niagara is a popular destination wedding location with many preferred wedding vendors. Last year we added a new tent with a curved barrel roof—appropriate for a winery — which I believe is unique to Ontario, if not Canada.”

Established in 1978 by Paul Bosc, a fifth generation French winegrower, the winery accommodates weddings for up to 250 guests for a dinner/dance.

Château des Charmes
1025 York Road, NOTL

Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery

Peninsula Ridge Winery

If you want to get married in a fairy-tale like setting in wine country, consider Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery in Beamsville. This world-class wine and culinary destination is home to the William D. Kitchen House, the restored 1885 Queen Anne style manor and restaurant. The winery’s charming Coach House is located directly behind the manor and hosts weddings year round.

“We have been doing weddings here for 15 years and get lots of requests to hold weddings for over 150 people, but we specialize in small, intimate and elegant weddings for 50 people for a sit down dinner or 75 for a stand up reception,” says Norm Beal, President of Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery, who mentions they have some weddings already booked for 2018. “This is a very special place offering a relaxed, kickback environment for weddings. We are also renowned for our culinary excellence and the same great food served at our restaurant is what guests enjoy at wedding receptions.”

Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery
5600 King Street West, Beamsville

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

Ravine Vineyard

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery sits on 34 lush acres in the heart of the St. David’s Bench sub-appellation. Ravine is a family owned winery that has been in the Lowrey family for 150 years next year—the same age as Canada!

“Our location is able to host everything on site from the first look and ceremony, to dinner, dancing and a late night bonfire,” says Colleen Saunders, Wedding Planner at Ravine Vineyard. “Couples have the opportunity to take photos across our 34 acres of vineyard including a barn backdrop and the Woodruff House which was built in 1802. We grow our own lettuces, produce, some fruit and even house our own honeybees and raise our own pigs. We keep all food items as local as we can for the restaurant and all events including weddings.”

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

1366 York Road in St. Davids

Georgian Hills Vineyards

Georgian Hills Vineyards

Georgian Hills Vineyards is nestled in Beaver Valley outside of Ravenna in the Town of Blue Mountains. From intimate weddings or dinners in The Tasting Room and outdoor patio overlooking the vineyards to large tented events, on-site Wedding Coordinator Amanda Jerome of Itz Your Day will help create your perfect fairy-tale wedding. Larger weddings of up to 150 people can be accommodated Under the Birches with a view of the vineyards.

Georgian Hills Vineyards
496350 Grey Road 2 in Blue Mountains

The Grange of Prince Edward Country

The Grange winery

Caroline Granger, Owner/Winemaker of The Grange of Prince Edward Country grew up on the farm-turned-vineyard. “This is a special place that’s well loved – the most recent building dates back to 1879. The property has a historic house, a renovated 19th century barn, a pond surrounded by wildflowers and vineyards.”

The winery can accommodate weddings of up to 80 people. “Guests arrive in the late afternoon and are greeted with refreshments served on the stone patio by the renovated barn,” explains Caroline. “The reception is usually around 6 p.m. when the sun is low and it bathes the bride and groom in this magical light as they stand under the willow trees or under the arch I made from sapling ironwood grown on the property.”

The reception follows in the tasting room where guests sample Caroline’s wines before heading upstairs to the loft for dinner. “We use Canadian antiques and harvest tables which are locally made, along with an eclectic mix of old country chairs and our collection of very good, but mixed china. Our meals are served mostly family style with a focus on farm-to-table.”

After dinner Caroline’s team usually light the fire on the patio so guests can gather round to sing or just relax. “We are a one stop place for weddings offering the romance and tranquility of the best nature has to offer,” comments Caroline.

The Grange of Prince Edward County
990 Closson Road, Hillier, Prince Edward County