Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Venue Spotlight: Franciscan Estate, St. Helena

We were so lucky to take a private tour of Franciscan Estate in St. Helena last month. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and a wonderful fit for a wedding or wedding-related celebration, big or small. And just as perfect timing would have it, a bride and her maids were getting ready just as we strolled in. The separate rooms are classically decorated with dark woods and neutral tones and the tables set up were just fantastic.

Revolutionaries Raymond Duncan, Justin Meyer, and Agustin Huneeus shaped the winery’s beginnings, leading the winery to greatness through innovation and a commitment to small-lot winemaking. The winery can accommodate groups of up to 120 guests for lunch or dinner and up to 300 for a standing reception with Hors d’oeuvres.

Because of local permit restrictions, they are unable to accommodate wedding ceremonies, but they can help you find the perfect location nearby. Andrea Borchers, of Events in the Vines, handles all the event coordination for Franciscan Estate as well as four other beautiful properties in which we’ll profile in the coming weeks. Once you speak with her, you’ll know you’re in great hands. She knows the area and local vendors like the back of her hand and will help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Contact her directly at: andrea@eventsinthevines.com.

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