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Rancho Victoria Vineyard

Rancho Victoria Vineyard is a vineyard wedding venue nestled in the foothills of Amador County in California's Gold Country. With 120 acres of grape vines and a 200 year old oak tree, you'll have stunning vistas throughout your day. This winery is adaptable and can host any size and style of wedding.

Venue Details

Address: 16920 Greilich Rd, Plymouth, CA 95669

Website: https://www.rvvweddings.com/

Rental Coordinator: Cindy Sweigart

Email: cindy@ranchovictoriavineyard.com

Phone: (209) 600-2557 x1

Type: Vineyard, outdoor only

Guest Capacity: 300

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Catering & Alcohol:

  • Outside catering welcome
  • Bar service available
  • Only beer and wine are permitted

Music: Allowed in the designated reception area

Dog Friendly: Pets can be in your ceremony with prior approval.

Price: Starting at $8,000

What's Included:

  • Use of cottage for getting ready
  • Use of the property for photos

Video Tour: Vineyard Grounds

Reviews: WeddingWire

Bride and groom portrait in vineyard


Why I love it

This expansive estate is a wedding photographer's dream. There are infinite places to do creative photos including the vineyard, oak tree, and pond. The staff is wonderful and the venue is easy to navigate. With getting ready accommodations, ceremony locations, and portrait opportunities all in one area, we're able to maximize our time and deliver a well-rounded gallery to couples who get married here.



Bride getting ready at Rancho Victoria VineyardsMakeup artistry by Polish and Pout / Hair styling by Carly Giroux at Aria Hair Design

Getting Ready

Use of the cottage for getting ready is included in your venue rental. Located in the heart of the winery next to the Terrance Lawn, this bridal suite is very convenient. Two bedrooms lend enough space for the bride and bridesmaids to have hair and makeup done, and there's plenty of privacy to get dressed. This quaint little 1930's house is comfortable with central heat and air. With a full kitchen, the girls can enjoy a pre-wedding bridal brunch.

Challenges:

The only place to get ready on the property is the cottage. If the bride and groom aren't planning on seeing each other before the ceremony, there is nowhere for the groom to get ready separately. Nor is there a private place for him to wait inside air conditioning if it's hot. Renting a room at one of the below hotels is a good solution.

Overnight Accommodations

The cottage is available for overnight rental for the bridal party only. Cost is $800 per night plus a 10% occupancy tax.

  • Two bedrooms, one bathroom
  • Sleep 8
  • Central heat and air
  • No pets allowed

Nearby Hotels

Hotel Sutter

  • Historic vintage hotel founded in 1858
  • 21 rooms with unique antique decor and private bathrooms
  • Restaurant with upscale Americana cuisine
  • Lobby bar with handcrafted cocktails, beer, local wines, and appetizers
  • The Cellar Bar & Lounge with eclectic vintage furniture and moody lighting
  • Main street balcony where you can enjoy the view of historic Sutter Creek while sipping cocktails and enjoying delicious food
  • Service animals only

Days Inn by Wyndham Sutter Creek

  • Affordable modern hotel
  • Pet friendly
  • Free WiFi
  • Free breakfast


wedding ceremony recessional at Rancho Victoria Vineyard

Ceremony

Rancho Victoria Vineyard has two options for your wedding ceremony. One is rustic, while the other is traditional. Regardless of your wedding ceremony ideas, you are set at this venue.

Challenges:

Guests who arrive early have nowhere inside to wait. Unless they arrive ready to sit down for the ceremony, the only indoor place to wait is the tasting room, where there is limited seating and the winery expects you to spend. This is a problem in the summer months, when it can reach well over 90 degrees.

Heritage Oak Tree

This rustic ceremony location is perfect for couples who love the outdoors and want a natural backdrop for their nuptials. This 200-year-old oak is surrounded by rolling hills of vineyards. A variety of decor may be used, such as drapery, wine barrels, and arbors.

Challenges:

The only bathrooms available near the oak tree are porta-potties. The closest flush bathrooms are a short drive up the hill at the reception space. This can be challenging for elderly guests.


Terrance lawn elevated stage at Rancho Victoria VineyardBride and groom standing on the elevated stage

Terrance Lawn

This traditional spot is for couples who want a classic look to their ceremony. Chairs are set up on the lawn and the ceremony takes place under the arbor on the elevated stage. This space can be customized to fit any theme with drapery, lanterns, twinkle lights, wine barrels, and more. If you can dream it, you can make it happen.

Backup Plan for Rain

This is an outdoor only venue. If your wedding will take place during a time when rain is a possibility, you can make arrangements with management for a tent or canopy rental as a backup.


bride and groom under Heritage oak tree at Rancho Victoria Vineyard

Photo Opportunities

I fell in love with this incredible venue the first time we worked there. We photographed Stephanie and Michael's intimate vineyard wedding, and had a blast.

When you reserve the venue, you have access to the entire property for photos. After the ceremony, we spent time taking family portraits under the majestic oak tree. Then we explored the vineyard and surrounding area for bride and groom portraits.

During the reception, we drove up to the pond for sunset photos. The pond is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills full of vineyards and trees. At golden hour, the light is soft and even, the perfect setting for end-of-the-day portraits.


Bride and groom portrait at the pond at Rancho Victoria Vineyard

Wedding Photography Tips

  • Talk to your photographer about their style and the way they work. Will they be posing you all day, or capturing the day in a photojournalistic style? How will they prompt you for the best photos? Have they ever worked at your venue?
  • Talk to your photographer about lighting and when it would be best to do photos. Take their suggestions into consideration when scheduling your ceremony. They can put together a photography timeline for you.
  • Schedule enough time for your bride and groom portraits. Too often with sizable weddings, we get no more than twenty minutes alone with the bride and groom. A first look is a great way to maximize your portrait time. Alternately, you can provide a cocktail hour after the ceremony so guests are entertained and can enjoy drinks and appetizers.
  • Schedule some time to sneak away during the reception for sunset photos.
  • Talk to the wedding coordinator about your photography timeline and where you would like to take photos.
  • Email your photography timeline to ALL vendors, including the venue's coordinator.
  • Fill out a wedding photography checklist so your photographer doesn't miss a thing. Be sure to list all portraits you'd like taken of the family, bridal party, and guests. Indicate any divorces or deaths in the family to avoid embarrassment. Include any DIY projects and sentimental details you'd like photographed.
  • Have an unplugged wedding so you get clean ceremony photos without people holding their phones up and blocking the alter.
  • Place your cake table somewhere that's visible by everyone, pretty, and well lit.
  • During your reception, provide the wedding photographer with a good view of the action. Don't have their vendor table in another part of the venue or you run the risk of them missing precious moments. It's best to seat them with the guests, if possible.






wedding reception at Rancho Victoria VineyardWedding design by Simple Country Weddings / Cake by Go West Baking & Events

Reception

Main Reception Area

Rancho Victoria's main reception space is a large cement pad surrounded by market lights, plants, flowers, and trees, with views of rolling hills of grape vines. When the bride and groom make their grand entrance, they walk through the arbor of the Terrance Lawn and emerge from a large wooden door. This blank slate is the perfect space for any wedding style or theme. Bring in vintage couches for a lounge feel, or farm tables for a rustic atmosphere. The sky is the limit!

A cocktail hour can be set up on the elevated stage or grass of the Terrance Lawn.

Terrance Lawn

If you'd like more of a natural, intimate setting surrounded by colorful flowers, the Terrace Lawn is a great option. Rather than a cement pad, tables and chairs would be on grass. The trees on the west side provide great afternoon shade, and with all the flowers, there's no need for expensive floral arrangements. The patio serves as the dance floor, surrounded by romantic market lights after dark.

A cocktail hour can be set up on the elevated stage directly following the ceremony.


Guests giving toasts at Rancho Victoria VineyardFamily giving special toasts

Available Rentals

Several rentals are available to add to your wedding package, including:

  • 8' Rectangular tables
  • 30" Cocktail tables
  • 72" Round tables
  • Ivory umbrellas
  • 3'x3' Square table for cake or gifts
  • Brown resin wooden folding chairs

Other rentals available:

  • 2 Wine barrel coolers
  • Wine barrel bar
  • 2 Wine barrels

Bar Service

Bar service is available as an add-on to your wedding package.


Bride and groom dancing at Rancho Victoria VineyardStephanie and Michael's first dance

The Tasting Room

The tasting room is available to host your social events prior to and after your event. It's perfect for:

  • Engagement parties
  • Bridal showers
  • Rehearsal dinners
  • Wedding brunches



Bridal portraits at Rancho Victoria VineyardWedding gown by Allure Bridal / Flowers by The Blonde Bouquet

Rules

Insurance Requirements

  • Event Liability Insurance: $1mill general and liquor liability and $2mill aggregate
  • Policy shall be in the name of Rancho Victoria Vineyard as "additional insureds."
  • Insurance certificates must be provided no later than thirty (30) days before event.

Decorations

  • Decorations may be placed throughout the ceremony and reception spaces.
  • If you need more time for setup, you can arrange with management to decorate ahead of time.
  • Decorations can not result in damage to the property in any way.
  • Candles must be contained or enclosed in glass.
  • Rice, confetti, glitter are not permitted.
  • Birdseed is allowed for wedding and reception farewells.

Music

  • Music is permitted in the reception area and can not exceed 69 decibels from a distance of 75 feet.
  • Amador County noise ordinance requires that music ends by 10:00 pm.

Alcohol

  • Service of alcohol is limited to beer, wine, and wine cocktails.
  • Hard liquor is strictly prohibited.
  • Rancho Victoria offers a discount off their wine.

Setup

  • Arrangements may be made with management for setup the day before your event.

Cleanup

  • Curfew for all events is 10:00 pm and all guests must leave the premises by 12:00 am.
  • Arrangements may be made with management for cleanup the following day.

wedding reception details

Pricing

  • Wedding packages start at $8,000.
  • Fees can be paid with cash or check only.
  • Overnight lodging in the cottage is $800 per night plus 10% Amador County occupancy tax.
  • 50% of balance is due upon booking.
  • 50% balance plus $1,000 damage and cleaning deposit is due sixty (60) days prior to event date.

Cancellation & Date Change Policy

In the event that you cancel, or if you fail to make payments on time, all payments made up to that point are nonrefundable. If you'd like to change your date, the request must be made in writing, and you are responsible for any difference from the contracted rates to the current rates of the new chosen date. The new date needs to be within one year of the date the contract was first signed.

Booking

Rancho Victoria Vineyards has provided their Special Events and Wedding Venue Agreement online.

Location & Business Hours

Rancho Victoria Vineyard is located in Plymouth, California in Amador County. This area is full of historic Gold Rush towns with Boomtown architecture. It's only 30 miles from where the Gold Rush started in Sutter's Mill. Just one hour from Sacramento, it's in the heart of northern California's wine country.

Open 11:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week.

History

George and Margarete Greilich were saloon owners from Drytown, the oldest town in Amador County, where gold was first found in the county. As the town grew, they decided to relocate their family, so in 1854 they purchased 400 acres in Victoria Valley and homesteaded the rest. Three generations of Greilich families worked the cattle ranch for more than 150 years.

In 2011, Jack and Victoria Sweigart purchased the land and their son John manages and farms the vineyard. Now it's a beautiful wedding venue in northern California.


Vineyard Wedding Ideas

This venue can host a wide variety of weddings, from an intimate wedding to a large affair.


Intimate wedding at Rancho Victoria Vineyard
vineyard wedding ideas