By Stef Schwalb
Scenery to fall in love with, food and wines that are paired to perfection, and memories to cherish till death you part…all of those elements invite an incredible day when you get married in wine country. One of our fave places for getting hitched? Landmark Vineyards in Sonoma County. Situated at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in the Mayacama Range, this picturesque spot offers a serene and breathtaking space that’s the ideal place to exchange I do’s.
Suitable for small and large weddings occurring between May and September, Landmark offers several different packages to suit every need. Options include exclusive use of the winery estate as well as the guest cottage and guest suite. Property highlights range from the Overlook Tower, which features 360-degree views of Sonoma Valley, to the Courtyard, which offers excellent views of Sugarloaf State Park and the estate vineyard. And let’s not forget the Tasting Room – that’s also available to book for oenophiles who really want to be immersed in the experience.
And there is plenty of great wine to be sampled! We recently had a chance to try 2011 Overlook Chardonnay, which displays a bounty of full-bodied beautiful fruit with hints of apple and honey as well as a toasted, creamy finish that’s long-lasting. It pairs well with almost everything you could think to serve on your special day, including seafood and roasted poultry.
Landmark works with outside caterers and wedding planners to make sure everything is done right, while managing the facility and supplying all the wine. They host about four to six weddings every year at the estate during spring and summer. One of their most memorable events was when Michael and Mary Colhoun (the winery’s previous owners before Landmark was acquired by Roll Global in August 2011). Michael’s mother is Damaris Deere Ford, the great, great granddaughter of John Deere and the founder of Landmark, so the occasion took on a special significance for everyone involved. For more information on Landmark Vineyards and their wedding packages, check out http://www.landmarkwine.com.