The first thing that may spring to mind of course, is that it’s pretty obvious why people might choose to get married in a vineyard. Wine! More wine! And more for pudding.Of course it’s true that if you book a vineyard as your wedding venue, you are likely to have some awesome wines (and wine guidance) when choosing what tipples to serve your guests. But vineyards also come with acres of land for those essential post-ceremony photos, with the romantic rows of vines stretching off in the background giving a distinctly continental air to proceedings.
Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey, for example, is set in 265 acres of vines and as such is Britain’s largest vineyard. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Denbies Wine Estate can accommodate up to 175 guests for your ceremony in four different spaces, including an outdoor courtyard.
If you prefer an indoor ceremony (to avoid the vagaries of British weather) then you can choose from the traditional Denbies Wine Estate suite, or more modern Ranmore suite. The Garden Room, with classic décor and wooden flooring, is adjacent to the Cloisters Courtyard (couples often combine both for their ceremony). A stunning high glass-ceilinged atrium is available for the wedding breakfast.
Or, if you are looking for something a little different, the Cellars can be used for a drinks or evening reception for up to 200 guests (or 100 guests for a sit-down meal). Wine tasting stations (showcasing Denbies Wine Estate award-winning wines) can be arranged at no extra cost!
The venue also offers complementary vouchers for all guests to return and enjoy a full winery tour after the wedding. Add to this the rather cool vineyard train that can transport guests to the top of estate for amazing views, and Denbies Wine Estate surely sprints to the top of your shortlist…
For a vineyard wedding with a festival feel, try a bit of glamping at English Oak Vineyard Weddings in Dorset. Shielded by oak-lined hilltops and traditional country hedgerows, it’s a stunning part of the country to say ‘I do’. Wander with your guests among avenues of the pinot and chardonnay vines (the two grapes needed for Champagne).
Situated under a 300-year-old oak tree, from which the vineyard takes its name, your ceremony, reception and wedding breakfast are held among the vines and in the super-smart marquee, which can hold up to 200 people. Ivory-lined, and with chandeliers to provide subtle glamour, the marquee really is high-spec, with an oak parquet dance floor and window walls overlooking the vineyard, which can be rolled up in good weather.
If guests are not so keen on the glamping aspect (which takes place in an adjacent field) there are plenty of good hotels in the area, which can be recommended by English Oak Vineyard Weddings.
For a quintessentially romantic country wedding reception, head to Hambledon Vineyard in Hampshire. As the venue hosts only 10 weddings a year you can be sure of exemplary service and attention to detail.
Treat your guests to the estate’s award-winning sparkling wine, as you admire the views out across the vines and further to the South Downs National Park, and enjoy a spectacular wedding breakfast and evening entertainment in the venue’s elegant marquee.
Finally, for a stylish and modern take on the vineyard experience, try The Longhouse in Bruton, Somerset. Here you can say your vows in front of up to 140 guests under an oak gazebo alongside their stunning vineyard.
The Longhouse is acclaimed for its eco credentials, and also enjoys a strong reputation as a very child-friendly wedding venue. Again, there are only 20 weddings a year, so you can be sure of a very attentive, individualised service.
Have we convinced you yet? Best get yourself to one of these great venues and book a sample wine tasting. Chin chin!
Picture Credits: Hambledon -Tasha at Ikonworks Photography; Eddie Judd