Bob McClenahan Bob McClenahan
Due to the Winery Definition Ordinance (WDO) set in place in 1989 most Napa Valley wineries cannot host a wedding. The WDO was established to protect our agricultural land by clearly specifying what sorts of activities were allowed and not allowed on property.
Only a few wineries are permitted to host weddings, as they were "grandfathered" in due to their pre-regulatory status.
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.