Paradise Ridge Winery 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive • Santa Rosa • California 95403

Paradise Ridge Winery

4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive
Santa Rosa, California 95403

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This wonderful family-run winery is nestled on a hillside overlooking the majestic Russian River Valley, just minutes from downtown Santa Rosa in the heart of Sonoma County wine country. Its proximity to the city, as well as its 155 acres of spectacular scenery, draws locals who flock here for wine flights and elegant picnics. Wedding parties come to the estate, too, and not just for the view. Owners Walter Byck and the late Marijke Byck-Hoenselaars combined European elements from Marijke's Dutch homeland with a modern agrarian style to create a one-of-a-kind setting for celebrations.

The centerpiece of the winery is a sophisticated and spacious two-story building with a bright loggia and airy tile veranda. Built for special events, it houses the Vineroom, the Nagasawa Cellar (the estate's tasting lounge), and a professional catering kitchen. Guests drive up to the winery through pastures, vineyards, and the unique four-acre "Marijke's Grove" of artwork set among the oaks. The highlight of the Grove—and feature that has become beloved and embraced by all of Santa Rosa—is the iconic two-story-high sculpture of the word LOVE that can be seen from the Winery's covered veranda. Here, family and friends get together before being seated for the ceremony on the Poetry Terrace, a terracotta patio with two bridal stages—and a spectacular wine country vista.

A separate suite is reserved for the bride and her entourage, where they can get ready and sip champagne before the big moment. The bride makes her grand entry through the Vineroom's double doors onto the veranda, and then descends the steps to the Poetry Terrace, which is shaded by colorful crepe myrtle trees. The groom can relax in the Gents’ Lounge and enjoy a beer before making his own entrance from the loggia, because the owners feel it's his special day, too.

After the ceremony, guests mingle on the Poetry Terrace and veranda and enjoy estate-bottled wines, champagne and hors d'oeuvres. As dusk descends, twinkle lights provide a romantic touch. When it's time for the reception, the doors to the Vineroom are opened. An oversized faux fireplace and dramatic Dutch chandelier add charm, and floor-to-ceiling windows capture magnificent sunsets over a vineyard panorama. At night, ambient lighting casts a honeyed glow over the room. If you're hosting a large gala, additional tables can be placed on the wraparound veranda, which shares an indoor/outdoor bar with the Vineroom. Wedding parties usually dance on the Vineroom's dark bamboo floor, but you can also set up a band on the Poetry Terrace or bring the party downstairs to the Nagasawa Cellar, with its bohemian lounge furniture. With the city lights winking in the distance and the moon cresting over the hillside, it's absolutely glorious.

While most couples prefer a sunset wedding during the warmer months, winter weddings here are also lovely. The Nagasawa Cellar is a novel option for an intimate ceremony in front of the grand, reclaimed barrel stave doors. Your caterer, selected from the winery's preferred list, will help you create delicious pairings from the estate's vintages.

At the close of the festivities, friends and family gather in the winery's courtyard patio for a traditional send-off of the newlyweds, whose marriage has been magnificently launched at this sophisticated venue.


Video by Kyle Henry.

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Video by Nightingale Photography.

Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $6,000–12,000/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
  • The rental fee includes:

    • 6-hour use of Estate Event Center (5pm–11pm), including use of their picturesque sculpture garden & vineyards
    • Use of 2 private rooms for dressing & staging
    • Round, cocktail, & farm dining tables and wooden folding & bistro chairs
    • 4 wine barrels (available upon request)
    • Outdoor furniture including, umbrellas, heaters, lounge, & fire pit
    • 1-hour ceremony rehearsal the day before

    Please inquire about off-season (December–March) pricing.

Additional Info
  • The wine fee is a required purchase minimum which ranges from 2–8 cases, depending on your guest count. You'll receive a 15% discount on sparkling and varietal wines, and be treated to a premier wine tasting to select the wines for your wedding.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 150 250
Cocktails, etc. Standing 250 250
Reception Seated 250 250
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 150.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Poetry Terrace holds 250 seated; the Nagasawa Cellar, 150.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site accommodates 250 seated (permitted only in warmer months: June, July, August, & September) or 250 standing indoors (year-round), and up to 250 standing outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: Several spaces accommodate 150 seated guests. The Reserve Room comfortably seats up to 14.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Elopement Packages
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


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Preferred list


BYO with corkage fee

Wine must be purchased through Paradise Ridge Winery (non-sparkling varietal wines may be brought in with a $25/bottle corkage fee). Beer and nonalcoholic beverages may be provided by your caterer (no hard liquor).

Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily.

Venue Type

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

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Winery / Vineyard
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Hills
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Panoramic
  • Valley
  • Vineyard

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: select from list
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: wood floor/terrace
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: no
Parking: ample on site, complimentary
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: pizza oven
Cleanup: caterer and facility
View: vineyards and Russian River Valley; panoramic west-facing sunset views


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: wine, beer, and champagne only
Smoking: designated area outdoors
Music: amplified OK with volume limits, outside until 10pm
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: additional liability required
Other: no confetti, glitter, rice, birdseed, bubbles; children must be supervised


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