From the ring to the venue, the timing and the mood, there are few things more joyous – and stressful – than planning a marriage proposal. Don’t worry, we’ve got you. Home to some of the most beautiful views in California, with rolling hills, mild temps and clear skies nearly year round, there are few places in the world more picturesque. There is something here for everyone. So whether you’re looking to pop the question amidst the grapevines, on the grounds of a private estate or hidden away in a romantic room for a private reserve tasting, we’ve got the places to put a ring on it.
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8466 St. Helena Hwy Rutherford CA 94573
4.5 Stars, 331 Reviews
If rustic, French countryside is more your style, check out Peju Province Winery. Aside from the award winning wines, the Peju estate boasts a koi pond, statuary, fountains and a seasonal garden. The hardest part of proposing here is to choose which beautiful location fits you best. Of all the features offered by Peju, their Tower Tasting room is likely the most notable. Since its original construction in the mid 1980’s, the fifty-foot-tall building rises above the vines as a testament to the hard work and dedication that made this winery successful. Honoring their roots, the Tower outline has been featured on the label of every estate-bottled wine Peju has produced. Upon entering through the hand-crafted wooden doors of the copper roofed, stone-faced tasting room tower at Peju Province Winery, visitors are greeted by one of the most well-appointed and architecturally appealing facilities in all of Napa Valley. “Tower Tasting Room,” has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? Would make a fantastic backdrop for a proposal. For a full experience, start your visit with a tour and book a private seated tasting of their reserved and limited wines on the patio. Bonus points for scoring proposal pictures during the sunset golden hour.
If your love is a foodie, explore the culinary offerings
! Peju offers everything from cheese pairing to a fully immersive farm to table lunch experience.
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1429 Tubbs Lane Calistoga, CA 94515
4.5 Stars, 428 Reviews
Looking for something a little more royal – perhaps a proposal fit for a prince or princess? A chateau might be more your style. As one of the original wineries that cemented Napa Valley as a destination for fine wine, Chateau Montelena is as impressive as its reputation suggests. Putting aside their obvious notoriety as champion of the 1976 Judgement of Paris, the Chateau is built in the style of a Gothic Castle – complete with rusticated stone walls, battlements and turrets with faux arrow slits. While an award winning chardonnay may have propelled them into stardom, more recently they’ve taken to producing a fine selection of Cabernet Sauvignon. With glass in hand guests are encouraged to take a short walk from the tasting room to view winery’s prominent water feature, Jade Lake. While typically reserved for wine club guests, call ahead and see if you can reserve time on the islands for your special occasion. The footbridges connecting to two islands,are crooked to honor the Chinese legend that evil spirites can only traverse water in straight lines. The Estate Vineyard is visible just beyond Jade Lake.
Pre purchase a chilled bottle of their 2014 Jade Lake Semillion to toast to your happy occasion. Or better yet, a case to relive your moment through the year!
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1 California Drive Yountville, CA 94599
4 Stars, 630 Reviews
Few celebrations are complete without a glass of bubbly, and at Domaine Chandon visitors can taste it straight from the source. Created using traditional methods, Domaine Chandon offers a large selection of wines, both sparkling and still, with vibrant fruit aromas and soft finishes in a fun, casual setting. A bonus for animal lovers, they’re also pet friendly. So whether you’re looking for a serene spot to roll out a blanket on the lawn, or grab a bite to eat at the Terrace they’ve got you covered. With multiple locations on their large, park-like estate finding a quiet moment to ask the big question under the trees should be easier than say — popping the cork off a bottle of wine.
Located right outside of Yountville, celebrate in style and grab a bite to eat at one of the many Michelin starred restaurants downtown
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William Hill Estate
1761 Atlas Peak Road Napa, CA 94558
4.5 Stars, 65 Reviews
Looking for something a little more intimate? William Hill might be just your style. Nestled at the base of Atlas Peak on Silverado Bench, William Hill offers visitors sun drenched views of the valley in a contemporary setting. The modern clean lines of their tasting room echo the simplicity and excellence of their wines. Sample a flight and kick back in one of the Adirondack chairs dotting the terrace, or take a self-guided tour of the grounds. What better to set the mood for romance than a sip of their 2014 North Coast Chardonnay and a stroll around the vineyard. While their reputation for fine wine might be enough to draw visitors away from the beaten path, the views that greet them upon entering the winery will make them stay. Keep in mind that because tastings are by reservation only visitors are assured top-notch service and unmatched attention to detail. You’ll be hard pressed to find more sweeping views of Napa Valley.
Consider a spring proposal. The wisteria that grows thick and heavy on their pergolas shading the tasting area will be in full bloom. Talk about a photo op.
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1621 Pear Tree Lane Napa, CA 94558
Finally, when you need to do something really special, enlist the professionals at MG Concierge
to make your proposal truly unforgettable. Offering peace of mind as well as expertise in everything from hot air balloon rides to custom itineraries they work to connect guests with the best in lodging, transportation and personalized luxury winery experiences.
Owner Michael Noel is also an ordained minister. From start to finish he and his wife can help you craft an amazing proposal and marry you too!