Photo: Christina McNeill
Looking for the perfect destination wedding location? Consider wine country! These bucolic backdrops deliver sensory satisfaction, with rolling hills and perfect food-and-wine pairings on every reception menu. Just remember that many wine regions, including Napa and Willamette, don't actually host weddings on winery properties. Consider getting hitched at a resort or inn nearby and enjoying the views (and the juice) from there.
Finger Lakes, New York
Why here: Eleven lakes. Four wine trails. More than 100 vineyards. Guests have tons to do during their downtime in New York's biggest wine region, four hours outside of NYC.
Where to wed: The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars (Doubles from $119, Glenora) on Seneca Lake has 30 rooms overlooking the vineyards. Wed under an arbor draped in vines.
Insider tip: Serve wine from jeroboams (the equivalent of four bottles) with your names splashed across the labels.
Napa Valley, California
Why here: With a sunny Mediterranean climate, fresh local everything, and vintages that rival the best in France and Italy, Napa is an epicurean's dream.
Where to wed: Meadowood (Doubles from $650, Meadowood) resort planners specialize in food-centric soirees, both on site and off, so you can do your rehearsal at a winery and I do's on the hotel's croquet lawn.
Insider tip: Ask hotel beverage director Scott Beattie to create a signature drink with ingredients from the organic garden.
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Why here: This pastoral enclave just outside Portland has plenty of idyllic wedding spots — and some of the world's best pinot noir.
Where to wed: With lush gardens and its own grove of grapes, the Allison Inn & Spa (Doubles from $350, The Allison) is the only high-end resort in the valley. Chef Sunny Jin, who honed his skills at French Laundry, plans menus around what's growing in the garden.
Insider tip: Treat your girls to mimosa manis and pinot pedis. (You sip while you primp!)
Why here: Filled with tumbledown churches and historic villas, Tuscany is a feast for the senses — and your photos. (That golden light Those cypress trees!)
Where to wed: Party like it's 999 at Castello di Casole (Doubles from $550, Castello di Casole), a 10th-century estate where you can exchange rings on the Limonaia Terrace's lush lawn, then retreat to the working winery for dinner.
Insider tip: Instead of throwing a bridesmaids lunch, gather your girls for a pizza-making class and wine tasting.
Why here: The charming winemakers in this burgeoning destination adore entertaining. Tango dancing, mountain biking, Andes views — what's not to love?
Where to wed: Get hitched poolside at the Vines resort (Doubles from $850, Vines Resort), then bring your bash to a thatch-roofed ramada (shelter) for an authentic Argentine barbecue. On tap? A wine custom blended for your party.
Insider tip: Send your guests on a sunrise horseback ride led by an authentic gaucho (cowboy).