The Vineyard at The Gardens of Castle Rock: Picturesque Scenery for Your Wedding Day

The Garden’s Vineyard is the Perfect Setting for First Looks, Private Vows, and Wedding Day Photos.

A wedding day just isn’t complete without the romantic vibes of a vineyard. So in 2018 when Vineyard Manager Eric Z. approached Glenn – owner of The Gardens of Castle Rock – about starting a vineyard at The Gardens as a passion project, Glenn didn’t hesitate to approve of the venture. Let’s just say Eric wanted wine, Glenn wanted picture opportunities. Win, win!

In the month of August, wedding couples enjoy a lush backdrop of vines in the vineyard at The Gardens. Photo By: Sophisticated Grace Photography

About The Gardens Vineyard

For you wine enthusiasts, you may be interested to know that there are three varieties of grapes that grow in the vineyard. The Petite Pearl and Crimson Pearl are red hybrid grape varieties (developed in Minnesota) and Adalmiina grapes which are a white variety.

These broadleaf vines are naturally hardy for a Minnesota winter, but are not so natural when it comes to growing vertically. A lot of care and consideration has been put into designing the frames and ties so that couples have the picture perfect spot for private vows, first looks, and wedding day photos.

These broadleaf vines tend to grow more horizontally, so throughout the season, the vines are tied strategically so that they grow upward. This helps create lovely, tall rows of vines for each wedding couple to enjoy on their wedding day.

More importantly, you may be wondering if these grapes are used to make wine? You bet. Eric tends to the vines throughout each season monitoring their growth, pollination, and when they’re optimal for picking.

After they have been picked, he starts the process of pressing and destemming the fruit, fermentation into alcohol, and bottling the finished liquid.

Eric will be the first to tell you that the process of making the wine is relatively short compared to the clean-up… which seems endless.

Behind the scenes: Eliza & Jacob spent some time together in the vineyard as Mallory with Nicole and Co. Photography and Sage with Sage Yeager Films documented their beginning-of-the-day excitement!

Vineyard Views on Your Wedding Day

The vineyard is situated on the walk back to The Wedding in The Woods ceremony location. Since it is on the West side of the venue property, it is private AND boasts a gorgeous view of the sunset. (Hello, Golden Hour!)

So, grab your sweetie, your photographer, and even your bridal party and enjoy the scenic views of the vineyard without the winery costs!

There is just something about a vineyard and roses that is so romantic on a September wedding day. Photo By: Nicole and Co. Photography

Even with a little August rain on their wedding day, Cassandra and Andre adventured out to the vineyard for some truly magical photos! Photo By: Gretchen Hunt Photos

Brittany and Zack’s modern outdoor wedding in early June deserved some moody photos out in the vineyard at sunset. Photo By: Bella Cattura Studios

Early September is a great time to take photos in the vineyard because it is still lush and green with the added pops of purple from the grapes. Photo by: Karen Feder Photography

Now that’s what we call the perfect smooch for golden hour! Photo by: Jeannine Marie Photography

Dana and Isaac made their way out to the vineyard during their reception to take advantage of the cool fence and wire perspective in late May. Photo by: Erin Rae Photography

Time is of the essence on your wedding day. Your photographer shouldn’t have to spend a lot of time searching for photo opportunities! Photo by: Captured Glory Photography

The vineyard at The Gardens is the perfect place to escape for for golden hour photos, first looks, private vows, or to have some time to yourself. Photo by: Jojo Studios

The vineyard is perfectly positioned for golden hour magic for your late evening photos. This particular cinematic feeling capture is by Justin Coleman.

Abbey and Dan share another smooch on their wedding day as the sun sets behind the vineyard in early June. Photo by: Empiria Studios

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