Recently i was told by a prominent county person that the reason the county was not giving permits for weddings at wineries in Napa was
that wineries did not want nor like having brides/grooms and their wedding parties on their property.
Interesting news, since i own a Bed & Breakfast in Calistoga, and upon greeting my new guests that check into the Hacienda, and
since i am booked most of the time, i always ask the new guests what brought them to Napa Valley…..
I would say about 60% of my guests are here for a wedding in the Napa Valley at a winery.
To say that wineries do not want weddings at their venue’s is to keep your head in the sand…. of course they want the money
that weddings bring in. Also the weddings brings in all their guests who stay at hotels, eat at restaurants, visit hair salons,
visit wineries and buy wine and stay for more days than just the wedding itself…..
So wake up Napa County, and start giving permits and collecting the revenue that they are loosing that Sonoma County is collecting……..
Here are some recent photos.
When arranging your family photographs, be sure to let everyone who will be in all the family photo’s to wear colors that won’t stand out in the group shots. nothing worse for your album photographs is “grandma” wearing a turquoise dress or print, when everyone else is in pastels…
I talked with a person who is high up in county government this weekend, and asked how Clos Pegase winery starting having weddings again. A few years ago, they were the first to be stopped by the county for having weddings at their winery. They had a neighbor who would run into the winery during a wedding in her night clothes and rant and rave about the noise. Finally the county shut them down for any future weddings. From then on, several wineries fell under the knife, as well as almost all of the private venues around the Napa area having weddings on their property.
Now, word is out that Clos Pegase is having weddings again and have a web site up advertising same. I asked how this had happened and how they were able to start the events again, and she told me that they were “grandfathered in” and that most wineries do not want to have weddings at all due to problems with brides, although most are able to….
Possibly this is due to the fact Clos Pegase was recently purchased by a very prominent, well known owner of another winery and restaurant etc. I consider this good news only if the ban is lifted for others to also have weddings besides the “special events” that they already are able to have. It seems they are only prohibited if someone wears a “white dress” during the event… Crazy as that sounds….
Stay tuned, more to come…..