Thursday, October 15, 2009

Trentadue winery by Peter Bruce


Why Peter Bruce Photo & Video like Trentadue Winery

Italians are famous for their warm hospitality and zest for living. They may not have invented la dolce vita (“the sweet life”), but they perfected the recipe for it: good friends, good food and good wine, plus a generous splash of lively music. If this sounds like your idea of a good time, you’ll be happy to know that Trentadue Winery can provide all the ingredients for a really smashing special event.

The winery entrance is marked by stone pillars topped with crouching lions; from here it’s a short drive through the vineyards to the tasting room and event facilities. A bubbling lion-head fountain marks the entrance to the Garden Area, which consists of a quaint lattice arbor with stage, dance floor, room for tables, and a sunny lawn area. At one end of the lawn, a smaller Tuscan-style arbor, its columns and trellis wrapped in leafy vines, makes a romantic spot for exchanging vows. Along the west side of the entire space, a windbreak of sweet gum and redwood trees casts a shade as cool and refreshing as a drink of spring water on a hot afternoon. Standing here in the sun, it’s hard to imagine anything lovelier, but at night, with twinkle lights covering fences, trees and both arbors, everything sparkles like a miniature Milky Way. Additional lighting, thoughtfully equipped with dimmers, means your guests will be able to see the festivities without being blinded.

A second, more dramatic, ceremony site is the vast North Lawn on the opposite side of the Event Center. Getting married here is like getting married in a vineyard: There are grapevines all around you with views of redwoods and mountains beyond.

But what if your event is planned for the cooler months? Never fear—the Trentadue family has built an indoor facility, the Sala del Leone (“Hall of the Lion”). This expansive space has a white, peaked, beamed ceiling, hand-sponged golden walls, and intriguing glass and wrought-iron light fixtures and sconces. Plenty of arched French doors all around the building allow your guests to feel connected to the natural beauty that surrounds them, yet protected from the elements. Potted olive trees (yes, they are strung with twinkle lights) create a “Mediterranean” look, but this versatile room blends with any d├ęcor. Recently, a corporate event featured a Morrocan theme, draping the walls to resemble a Bedouin tent. Should your guests wish to wander over to the arbor area, they are free to do so, because when you host your event at Trentadue, all the facilities are included in the rental price. And though the panoramic views of spreading vineyards and distant wooded mountains may make you think you’re far from the madding crowd, the bustling town of Santa Rosa is a mere twenty minutes away!

So if you like to party “Italian style,” the folks at Trentadue Winery would be happy to help you out. They can provide everything from award-winning wines to topnotch coordination services. All you need to do is add friends and stir!



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