Celebrate your love with sunshine and wine as you dine al fresco and toast to forever

For couples planning an outdoor summer wedding, wineries are a beautiful—and tasty—option. From Vancouver Island to the Similkameen Valley to the Naramata Bench, these B.C. vineyards will help you create the wedding of your dreams.

PAINTED ROCK ESTATE WINERY

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Modern, bright and elegant, Painted Rock Estate Winery is a perfect place to create wedding memories. Located on a terraced hillside in Penticton, the tasting room and wedding facility is the ultimate chic venue. White walls, floors and furniture, and a light wood ceiling can accommodate any decor colour palette with ease.

PaintedRock_4Christie Graham PhotographyWhether the big event is inside or outside, guests will enjoy views of Skaha Lake while they sip a glass of wine. Slip down to the vines for photographs before settling in under flowing tents for a dinner prepared using Okanagan ingredients by one of many local caterers like Joy Road Catering or Brodo Kitchen.

PaintedRock_3Christie Graham PhotographyOnce the centre of a large apricot orchard, the winery is now known for its blended wines. But if you want to pay homage to its fruit roots, choose a pie or tart table over traditional wedding desserts. On the patio following dessert, dance under the stars with your loved ones, without worrying about music licensing fees—they’re included in the venue rental. Get ready to belt out your favourite tunes into the scenic landscape!

Capacity: 110
Cost: $9,000-$12,000
Hours: 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Lead Time: 1 year
Planner: Required
Tastings: Included (wine only)
Minimum Charges: No
Catering: Required
A/V: Required
Parking: Shuttle recommended
Wine Tours: By appointment
Notable Wines: Chardonnay, Red Icon

Christie GrahamTIP: “Painted Rock’s expansive Okanagan views coupled with the modern minimalist design of the winery means you don’t have to leave the property for beautiful photographs,” says Christie Graham of Christie Graham Photography. “Spend less time in the car, and more time celebrating with your friends and family!”

 

BENCH 1775

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On the southern shore of Lake Okanagan, Bench 1775 celebrates its land. Led by viticulturist and winemaker Val Tait, this small winery packs a punch with vibrant red and white wines, and sweet and satisfying Icewine.

Bench1775_3Jenna Hill PhotographyOn the hilly property, take notes from the surrounding vegetation to design a bouquet to match the scenery. Feathery brush in cool wheat tones and hints of lavender translate well to a neutral palette with pastel undertones.

Bench1775_4Jenna Hill PhotographyBefore you say, “I do,” take a bike ride or walk around the property for your first look and photos. Then, sip a glass of wine with your friends and family during a standing cocktail hour. Overlooking the lake, the patio can transform into a tented oasis, providing your guests reprieve from the sunshine while a cool breeze blows in from the water during dinner.

As your wedding day winds down, take a moment to watch the sun set with your new life partner and breathe in the aroma of the vineyard.

Capacity: 75
Cost: $10,000+
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Lead Time: 1 year
Planner: Recommended (coordinator on-site)
Tastings: Available
Minimum Charges: Included
Catering: On-site
A/V: Rentals required
Parking: Shuttle recommended
Wine Tours: By appointment
Notable Wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé

Bench 1775_5TIP: “Venues like the beautiful Bench 1775 Winery offer breathtaking Okanagan vistas, but the weather can often be very hot and windy,” says Stephanie Sielmann, owner of Dream Big Event Management. “As a host, it’s important to consider your guests’ comfort. Plenty of cold water, shade and protected hideaways are thoughtful details not to be overlooked.”

 

SEE YA LATER RANCH

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Celebrating the legacy of Major Hugh Fraser, who planted vines on the property in 1918, See Ya Later Ranch is an iconic winery near Okanagan Falls. The tasting room is located in the Major’s 1900s home, which still showcases its original hand-split stone.

See Ya Later Ranch_4Kevin Trowbridge PhotographyOverlooking the Okanagan Valley and Skaha Lake, the mountain views and bright blue sky add to the rustic feel of the 100-acre property. Capture photos by stone walls or weather-beaten outbuildings and carts, then head into the vines for a romantic walk.

See Ya Later Ranch_2Kevin Trowbridge PhotographyWith outdoor receptions only available for large groups, tent rentals are highly recommended, not only for rain, but also to give guests a space to cool down from the summer heat. Small wedding receptions for groups of 20 or less can enjoy a meal in the Major Fraser Room.

Chef Darin prepares menus that feature the best locally sourced, seasonal products so you and your guests can taste the best of summer.

Capacity: 100
Cost: $8,000+
Hours: 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Lead Time: 8 months to 1 year
Planner: Recommended, on-site coordinator available
Tastings: Available by appointment
Minimum Charges: $3,000+ site fee
Catering: On-site
A/V: Rentals required
Parking: Shuttle recommended
Wine Tours: By appointment
Notable Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris

Kevin TrowbridgeTIP: “Being one of the highest altitude wineries in Canada, you have to take advantage of capturing portraits that feature the epic vista of rolling vineyards that look over Skaha Lake,” says Kevin Trowbridge, principal photographer at Kevin Trowbridge Photography. “The heritage buildings also act as a great backdrop for photos.”

 

CHURCH & STATE WINES

church&state_2Jonetsu StudiosChurch& state_4Jonetsu StudiosIt’s heaven on earth, or at least pretty close to it. While Church & State Wines has two locations—one in Victoria and one in Oliver—they currently only accept weddings at their Vancouver Island location.

church&state_3Jonetsu StudiosTucked into the hills near Brentwood Bay, the winery is surrounded by forest, ensuring your special day is quiet and serene. Your photos will capture the best of the West Coast, with canopied forest photos followed by sun-drenched vineyard candids.

Church&state_1Jonetsu StudiosThe vineyard has both indoor and outdoor ceremony options. Inside, vaulted ceilings and rugged wine casks set a nearly industrial tone. Outside on the lawn, couples will see the winery on one side, forests on another, and the beautiful building behind. If it rains (because, well, this is the West Coast), the covered and heated wraparound veranda is a beautiful back-up plan. And hey, some people love the smell of rain on a
summer night.

Capacity: 200 (300 for a standing reception)
Cost: Quoted
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Lead Time: 1 year
Planner: Recommended, on-site manager available
Tastings: Available (wine only)
Minimum Charges: No
Catering: On-site
A/V: Available
Parking: Available
Wine Tours: By appointment
Notable Wines: Malbec, White Blend

jonetsuTIP: “The grounds at Church & State are truly beautiful, so schedule adequate time in your itinerary to soak it all up during your photo session,” advise Camille and Chadwick Bensler, photographers and designers of Jonetsu Studios “If you’re lucky, you’ll spot deer roaming in the fields.”

 

CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS

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The beautiful CedarCreek Estate Winery will not be accepting weddings for the 2018 season while they renovate their facilities. Planning a 2019 wedding? CedarCreek’s pavilion and rose garden is a one-of-a-kind setting for your ceremony, so plan ahead and reserve your date now!

 

 

 

NOT A LAST RESORT

Wineries aren’t the only wedding venues to capture the essence of summer. These three sun-drenched gems are some of B.C.’s best

God's MountainGOD'S MOUNTAIN RESORT
This Mediterranean-style villa features al fresco dining and an open-air bedroom on the top floor. Bathe on the roof or dip in the salt-water pool before marrying your life partner. You’ll feel like you’ve been whisked off to Italy. godsmountain.com

sparkling hill resortSPARKLING HILL RESORT
A 40,000-square-foot health and wellness destination in Vernon, B.C., this resort is the path to relaxation on your wedding day. With luxury accommodations, unique spa treatments and exquisite dining, your guests will leave refreshed and invigorated. sparklinghill.com

sonora resortSONORA RESORT
Surrounded by pristine forests in the Discovery Islands, this eco-adventure resort will give you and your loved ones a chance to reconnect with nature. Here on the West Coast, we have access to the ocean and mountains—so celebrate your wedding with the best B.C. has to offer. sonoraresort.com