Elliston Vineyards 463 Kilkare Road • Sunol • California 94586

Elliston Vineyards

463 Kilkare Road
Sunol, California 94586

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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
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When gold rush pioneer Henry Ellis carved out an estate for himself in 1890, he picked a prime setting: a sheltered canyon tucked between two tree-covered ridges. Here he set up house in a three-story mansion constructed of thick sandstone from nearby Niles Canyon, and went about enjoying life in the country. Today his lovely homestead, now surrounded by vineyards, has become a prime setting for hosting weddings, receptions, and private parties.

Garden-style ceremonies are held outdoors alongside the historic mansion, in a garden brimming with native flora and including an expansive lawn and gazebo. Stage your photos here, and you'll have some striking options for a backdrop—the century-old stone house, vibrant displays of azaleas and camellias, and sprawling vineyards. But if you'd like to search for more photographic possibilities, go right ahead—there are plenty of photo opportunities at Elliston.

A short walkway takes you from the garden to the Terrace Room, a secluded 2,000-square-foot banquet room set into the hillside. Its vaulted ceiling and glass walls add to the feeling of spaciousness, while the surrounding deck gives guests a chance to dine al fresco at umbrella-shaded tables. A Victorian gazebo next to the deck is large enough for a bridal table or a quartet of musicians to serenade partygoers. The entire site is sheltered by oak, eucalyptus and olive trees, creating an ideal venue for you and your guests to celebrate.

Whether you're a bride planning your wedding or a wine aficionado, Elliston Vineyards is a destination worth seeking. Centrally located, with access from several East Bay freeways, you're close to civilization but you'd never know it—the quiet country atmosphere will give you the delicious feeling of being a million miles away.


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Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $2,000–4,500/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
  • Rental fees include:

    • 4.5-hour reception (with the option to extend)
    • Wedding coordinator
    • Tables, mahogany Chiavari chairs, white linens, and tableware
    • Patio bistro lights
    • Banquet staff & bartenders
    • Cake cutting service
    • Set-up & clean-up
Ceremony Fee
  • $750/event
  • The ceremony fee includes:

    • A half-hour ceremony along with 2–hour access to grounds for set-up
    • Wedding coordinator
    • Access to the Library and Captain's Room in the mansion;
    • Ceremony chairs, water station, welcome table, wine barrel décor, and more
Food & Beverage Minimum
  • $7,500–9,500/event
  • Food & Beverage minimum varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
  • The F&B minimum applies to weekend evenings April–October. There is a 100–guest minimum for December evenings.

Meals (when priced separately)
  • $46/person and up
  • Meal pricing includes passed and stationary hors d'oeuvres, salad, and entrées. Buffets require a 50-person minimum. Indian wedding menus are also available.

Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 20%


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 150 200
Cocktails, etc. Standing 175 200
Reception Seated 150 100
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 150.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: Outdoors, the South Lawn holds 200 seated; indoors, the Terrace Room can accommodate 150 seated.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Terrace Room and adjoining deck accommodate 225 guests, with 125–150 seated indoors and 75–100 seated outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: The facility holds up to 150 seated guests.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinners Details
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings

Essential Info


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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Garden
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Mansion
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Winery / Vineyard

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Hills
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Vineyard
  • Waterfall

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: projector screen
Parking: large lot, parking attendants
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: vineyards and hills
Other: event planning and day-of coordination


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: champagne, wine, beer, and spirits packages provided in-house; no BYO
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK inside only
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed, or confetti


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