Can I have my wedding at a Napa Valley winery?
Most Napa Valley wineries cannot host a wedding due to the Winery Definition Ordinance (WDO). Only a few wineries are permitted to host weddings, as they were "grandfathered" in due to their pre-regulatory status.
The WDO was established in 1989 to protect our agricultural land by clearly specifying what sorts of activities were allowed and not allowed on property.
The good news is that a great number of the valley's wineries, while not available for weddings, are permitted to host unique and intimate wedding-related events, such as rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and family gatherings.