Nassau Valley Winery
32165 Winery Way, Lewes, (302) 645-9463, www.nassauvalley.com.
Delaware’s first and only farm winery,
which opened in 1993, has become a popular, picturesque setting for a wedding and reception. Weddings and art shows have
become an important part of the business, says Peggy Raley-Ward, founder and co-owner.
As a result, the winery has expanded to offer numerous options. Its 8,400-square-foot Grand Cru Hall can handle up to 45 guests at a seated event. You can rent the full building or just half. (There’s also a patio available for rent.)
The 3,600-square-foot Claret Hall holds up to 175 seated, and it’s adjacent to a 40-year-old stand of sycamore trees, known as Bacchus Grove. If you’re considering an alfresco affair, the grove can hold up to 250 people.
For a small wedding or ceremony, there’s Gallery One, an exhibit area that not only looks down on the wine cellar but also features artwork from regional artists. It can accommodate 45 or less for a seated function.
The winery often features Delaware artists and Southern Delaware scenes on its wine labels, making them novel guest gifts. Back at home, the guests can salute your special day and savor the memory.