Hear What Our Guests Have to Say About Their Wine Country Wedding Experience at Ponte

Ponte was the setting we had dreamed of for our wedding. We loved that the layout of the Vineyard Garden, Terrace, and Pavilion allowed for a seamless and natural transition from one event to the next. In addition to just the stunning setting, our Ponte coordinator, Samantha, was there for us through every step of the way. She answered every question and concern we had and made the planning process so much less stressful. She listened to all our needs and made the day run beyond smooth — taking away the day of stress that often consumes brides and grooms. At the reception, our banquet captain Adrian ensured that we had our drink of choice and that our glasses were never empty. She helped us actually get to eat our wedding food and give us a few moments of alone time to soak it all in.If we could do it over again, we’d pick Ponte without a second thought.

Emily M. | Reviewed on 2/21/2023 on |

Ponte Winery was our dream venue and we still can’t believe we were lucky enough to host our wedding here. Being an LGBTQ+ couple, we were very cautious about what venues would welcome us with open arms. Ponte Winery was nothing but accommodating and affirming to us as a same-sex male couple and welcomed us with open arms. Samantha and the entire events team were so amazing throughout the entire planning process and catered to our every need and countless questions. When we were touring other wineries we realized we were comparing them to Ponte. Once we realized that, we knew Ponte was the venue for us. The grounds are beautiful, the food is delicious, and the wines are magnificent. We loved that the bungalows, ceremony site, cocktail hour, and reception were all in one spot so guests wouldn’t have to travel too much around the venue. It was nice to keep everything and everyone in one spot. The day before the wedding, we treated our wedding party to a private tour of the Ponte estate. This was one of our favorite memories. We would highly recommend the tour as a day activity for your guests. On the day of the wedding, we got access to the bungalows at 10 am to chill, get ready, and spend the day leading up to the wedding. A coordinator would come throughout the day to check-in and bring us food and drinks. That was such a nice thing to have so we didn’t have to worry about it during the craziness of the day. During our reception, our banquet captain took excellent care of us making sure to bring us food, desserts, wine, and anything else we needed throughout the night. We felt like royalty! The only thing we would suggest for larger weddings is to have 2 different buffet lines to have dinner service run a little more efficiently. But that honestly was such a minor piece of the night and it by no means dampened the night. Our guests were so impressed with how good the food was they totally forgot how long it took to actually get their food. Special shout out to the team for getting bistro lighting installed over the grass areas. This is such a nice addition to the space so guests could go out and enjoy our seating areas and lawn games after the sun went down. It was so nice not having to rent lighting for that one little space. Ponte Winery is the BEST! If you are looking for gorgeous grounds and venue that celebrates LGBTQ+ couples, Ponte Winery is for you. Thank you to the entire Ponte team for making our wedding a day to remember.

Frank S. | Reviewed on 6/09/2022 on |

We knew Ponte was our venue the moment we stepped onto the property. It was so beautiful and resonated so much with us – and that’s not to mention the incredible staff! Our on-site coordinator, Jenna, was wonderful! She was always very attentive and organized and made the entire process stress free. Even when it was scheduled to rain on our wedding day, she helped to ease out worries and was very patient in hopes that we could continue outdoors, which happened without a hitch!

Jessica N. | Reviewed on 6/9/2019 on | 

After a few planning hiccups, we were still feeling stressed until the day before our wedding. That all changed as soon as we got to Ponte for our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Everything was fantastic for the rehearsal and the day-of went so smoothly. I cannot praise the level of customer service highly enough. They do everything they can to make it the best experience for you and your guests. I would also highly recommend the bridal/groom cottages for getting ready. It was a highlight of the experience and made the whole day feel more special and stress free. The bridal attendant kept all my bridal party happy and she was sooooo sweet and lovely to work with. If you want a perfect wedding, you need to book this venue. The grounds, venue, food, service, and upkeep are a step above most wedding venues in the area. My guests cannot stop raving about the wedding venue and felt, as San Diegans, it was like a “destination wedding in our own backyard.” I had the perfect wedding. Thank you to Ponte and our phenomenal coordinator, Samantha Rizzo!

Makenna M. | Reviewed on 5/13/2019 on | 

The moment we saw the place, we were captured by its beauty, the intimacy and the team was so helpful and very professional. Liz Tyler and Jenna are great to work with. Highly recommended. We love the place and our guests love the venue – it’s very romantic. We love everything about it.

Ehna | Reviewed on 3/9/2019 on

Stunning venue and our day was perfect!! Ponte felt like a European escape. The food was amazing and our guests raved about the rooms! The staff was attentive and gracious. Loved it!

Joy E. | Reviewed on 10/25/2018 on | 

Getting married at Ponte was the best decision we ever made. First of all, our coordinator, Samantha Rizzo, made our experience so enjoyable and fun. I had heard horror stories from friends about the stress of planning a wedding, but I didn’t experience that at all, and I really think that was thanks to Ponte. They take care of everything for you at Ponte, so it was as simple as making quick decisions for the food, wines, table settings, table arrangements, etc. which made the whole process so easy! During the planning process, the team at Ponte was very accommodating and they were more than happy to work with our vision and make adjustments so that the wedding was exactly what we wanted.

On the day of, I felt so taken care of. A bridal hostess assigned to us continually checked in as we were getting ready and all of our vendors were smoothly pointed to the right direction so that my family and I didn’t have to deal with any of it. Samantha and the team are true professionals. The ceremony and reception went off without a hitch (or if there were any issues, they dealt with them without me ever knowing about it!). Samantha had my full confidence that she had everything covered, which allowed me the chance to relax and just enjoy the day! Beyond that, Ponte is stunning. Our ceremony was in front of the pond and all of our guests commented on how beautiful it was. Our reception was in the barrel room. I was initially nervous that the dance floor would be too small, but it all worked out perfectly – everyone was out on the dance floor! I highly recommend Ponte if you’re planning on getting married in Southern California. We are from Los Angeles, and our guests really enjoyed coming to Temecula – it’s just far away enough that it feels like a vacation, but not so far that you’d need to take any time off work. Ponte has the feel of a luxurious resort, but it’s intimate and personal. Also, there were so many fun perks of getting married at Ponte – they comp a room for you on the wedding night, you become Wine Club members for a year, and more. It was the best experience ever!

Amylee E. | Reviewed on 10/18/2018 on | 

My wedding was absolute perfection at Ponte! Samantha Gonzalez coordinated our wedding and was so accommodating to all of our needs! I felt so stress free and relaxed knowing that she was there to make sure everything went according to plan! Also a shout out to Morgan, who ran back to the bridal suite to grab my bouquet when I forgot it! She sprinted to go get it before I walked down the aisle!

Lauren N. | Reviewed on 9/16/2018 on

Ponte is absolutely beautiful! I didn’t want a typical ballroom, so Ponte’s Barrel Room was absolute perfection! I couldn’t have been more impressed with Samantha Gonzalez and the rest of the wedding staff. You have to visit and definitely stay for a wine tasting!

Lauren H. | Reviewed on 7/16/2018 on |