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Burning Kiln Winery is a wedding venue located in St. Williams, Ontario. This elegant winery sits on a former tobacco farm and has been carefully designed to preserve the historical significance of the property. Burning Kiln gets its name from the old practice of tobacco farming and curing. The wedding space overlooks the venue’s 26 acres of vineyards and rolling hills.

Facilities and Capacity

The winery is nestled on 85 acres of land near the shores of Lake Erie. Its position offers visitors panoramic views over the local landscape. From the vineyards to the famous Long Point peninsula stretching into the lake, there is no shortage of stunning vistas here. Weddings are held in the Vineyard Pavilion, a covered space separate from the winery. The large pavilion is spacious enough for events of up to 150 guests. Its glass doors can open to allow guests room to mingle outside. It features a private patio and sweeping views of the property, ideal for both ceremonies and receptions. You can also choose to hold your ceremony outdoors where the photo opportunities are endless.

Services Offered

Couples who hold their wedding here will have access to fine red, white, rose and sparkling wines. The venue also offers a selection of local beverages for guests who prefer an alternative to wine. Delightful regional dishes are available for catering service in many styles including buffet, stations, and hors d’oeuvres. The catering team can help create a custom menu with scheduled tastings. For the convenience of the wedding couple, a dressing room is located on-site to get ready. Additionally, the venue features accommodations that can be rented for the night of the occasion.

History

The discovery of grapes along Lake Erie is credited to French explorers Dollier and Gallinée in the 17th century. The two were the first to pioneer this region, and they stumbled upon a lush landscape where sweet grapes grew in abundance. They created wine from them and realized the result rivalled French varietals. Later, the land housed a tobacco farm, the kiln of which still stands today. The winery’s owners pay homage to the property’s past and continue to carefully maintain the kiln.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

30

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Winery

Describe the style of your venue:

Country
Garden
Rustic

What kind of settings are available?

Covered outdoor
Indoor
Uncovered outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bridal suite
Cake
Catering / bar
Clean up
Event planning
Event rentals
Liability insurance
Lighting / sound
Set up

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake
Plated
Server(s)
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
House beer
House wine
Liquor license
Open bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Specialty beer

What event items are available?

Altar/arches
Audio equipment
Decor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Photobooth
Chairs
Tables
Tent accessories

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$7,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$7,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$2,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$2,500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Event planning
Chairs
Tables
Glassware

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$100

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)
Dessert

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$65

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Open bar
House beer
Specialty beer
House wine
House liquor
Premium liquor
Bartenders
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17 reviews
Maria
Maria Sent on 08/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Place with Friendly and helpful staff

The Burning Kiln Winery was so helpful with the set up details for the reception. The winery is absolutely gorgeous ! Great Service and Staff .
Nishant
Nishant J. Sent on 16/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The Perfect Wedding with None of the Stress

Ashley and Burning Kiln made our Wedding Day the best day of our lives. We got engaged in January of 2022 and married in October of the same year - despite the short timeframe, at no point in the planning process did we feel stressed, largely because of how on top of everything Ashley was. While we had the option of retaining external vendors, we are so glad we went with the services Burning Kiln provided as part of their package - every part of the process not only went smoothly, but was actually enjoyable and added to the build-up to the big day. From menu tastings with Ryan at The Combine, to music coordination with Black Creek Music, and all of the work in between and on the day-of that Ashley and Bobbie Joe at Unveiled did to ensure everything went off without a hitch, we wouldn't change a single thing. We are so grateful to have had our wedding at Burning Kiln and would whole-heartedly recommend them in a heartbeat to anyone planning theirs.
Kasia
Kasia W. Sent on 28/09/2021
4.8 out of 5 rating

Beautiful location for our wedding!

My husband Ryan and I got married at the Burning Kiln on August 28, 2021. It was the perfect location for our special day! All of the girls & my parents stayed at the Farmhouse on the Friday night and it was perfect to wake up and already be on site! Ashley was amazing to work with and helped set up our decorations! Black Creek Music was also amazing and our guests had a lot of compliments about DJ Josh!
Over all getting married at the Burning Kiln was amazing! Would recommend.
Emily
Emily Sent on 13/09/2020
5 out of 5 rating

The absolute best experience!

Thank you Burning Kiln and Ashley Verrall for giving us OUR DREAM WEDDING DAY!

Get ready because this is a LONG one! I have a lot to say because I am SO GRATEFUL to Ashley and the Burning Kiln!

Ashley had to answer a LOT of emails and was in constant communication with me. I had never put much thought into my wedding and I had NO idea what needed to be done or where to start! Ashley was ON IT! I am so grateful for all of her help from beginning to end. With her on board it was honestly like we had a full blown wedding planner!

Our big day could have been a disaster due to another company who robbed us and did not follow through! But thanks to ASHLEY and the Burning Kiln it truly was our dream wedding! So here goes…..

When Disaster Strikes:
Just 30hrs before the wedding we found out that the company we had hired to build a giant tent/structure for our outdoor reception was not upholding our contract (This was a SEPARATE company we had hired, NOT associated with the Burning Kiln). We paid more than $25 000 for a 300 person, solid structure with fully built-in elevated wooden floors. A day before the wedding we showed up to "pop-up" tents with water rushing through the ceiling and a rubber mat floor that may as well have been a yoga mat. IN A RAINSTORM. Disaster. We were told the building we had ALREADY PAID for was put up in Windsor and "that was that". WHAT?!?!

Ashley to the RESCUE!
Ashley Verrall SAVED THE DAY literally! I had called dozens of tent vendors and of course all the companies had either all their staff booked or all their tents rented (since it was only ONE DAY NOTICE). Ashley worked with 2 companies to have tents put up around the patio of the outdoor venue so that we could have the cocktail hour there (out of the rain) and we moved our reception to the Vineyard Pavilion (which was originally going to be for our cocktail hour). Perfect planning on Ashleys part made it possible to fit 200+ into a space meant for 150! (Giant harvest tables and all!)
With ALL of this, they were able to work with our florist and decorators to make sure that everything was PERFECT and more beautiful than we could have hoped for!

My now husband and I are still talking about how amazing Ashley was as solving a crisis and how perfect the Burning Kiln was for our big day! The pavilion was absolutely gorgeous for the reception! Especially when the big end doors were opened up and we had a beautiful view of the vineyard! It was the MOST BEAUTIFUL backdrop for the head table!

My husband and I did not have to worry about a thing! Even the little things were taken care of!
For example, prior to the reception, when the two of us were WAY out in the vineyard taking photographs, staff came out to offer us appetizers! IN THE RAIN!
Later, the staff noticed that we were busy walking around taking to people instead of eating our dinners, so they actually had dinners prepared for us later when things calmed down and we were able to eat (this was around 10pm when everyone was dancing and we were still given a HOT delicious meal!)
Another example is that we had a GIANT (10 foot) doughnut wall and more than 500 doughnuts along with a variety of sweet treats. Not only was the wall and dessert table ALWAYS stocked, but my husband's favourite doughnuts were set aside so that he could try them later in the evening!
Lastly, at the end of the night, Ashley and staff personally made SURE that everyone was transported safely to their glamping accommodations. This way we did not have to worry about anyone at the end of our night!

Not only did the day come together and everyone was dry (in a rainstorm), it was BEAUTIFUL, the staff were ALL WONDERFUL, and everything went off without a hitch on they day of!

My now husband and I are still talking about how amazing Ashley was and how perfect the Burning Kiln was for our big day! Looking back on pictures and videos still warms our hearts and brings tears to our eyes. Every time we talk about that day we both wish we could relive it OVER and OVER! The day was so unbelievably magical and we owe largely in part to Ashley and the Burning Kiln.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so very much!
Steph
Steph G. Sent on 05/12/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing experience!

Ashley and the team at Burning Kiln Winery were an absolute DREAM to work with! They made my wedding day seamless and most enjoyable and went above and beyond to make sure it was the perfect day. 100% recommend to anyone looking for a beautiful backdrop and perfectly organized day!
Samantha
Samantha F. Sent on 18/01/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Would recommend in a heartbeat

The winery ended up being everything we wanted for our wedding and more. They offer an entire package which includes ceremony, reception, alcohol and caterer. It was the best type of one stop shopping I have ever been able to do. The venue itself is absolutely beautiful. There are so many locations within the winery that you can do your ceremony and/or your pictures afterwards.

Ashley from the event staff is absolutely amazing. She made us feel very calm and helped us set up all the meetings with the caterer. We also had a delicious wine tasting to get our first taste of our wedding wine! On the day of, she got through all the bumps in the road and we didn’t hear a word about it. We loved our day and all of our guests raved about how it was the best wedding they’ve ever been too!
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Emily N. Sent on 05/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our September 2023 wedding

Our wedding was perfect. Everything leading up to it, the communication we had with Ashley and Bobbie Jo during the whole process was amazing. They made sure to always answer every last question I had. Even with us booking the burning kiln 2 years out from our wedding and asking early on questions, they were always there for us. The day of was perfect. I always heard there will be a few things that go wrong at your wedding but no one will notice but you … nothing went wrong. We are 2 months in to being married and guests from our wedding still can’t stop talking about how amazing our venue and wedding was …. And our food and service! We are so happy we went with the burning kiln and If we had to do it all over again we wouldn’t change a thing. The burning kiln will forever have a special place in our hearts and we will forever be grateful for the support from Ashley and Bobbie Jo and their team. Thank you times a million!
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Rachel W. Sent on 08/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Rutter Wedding June 2023

Our wedding at Burning Kiln was absolutely perfect. Every part of the ceremony was executed perfectly and accurately. The staff were so involved and very helpful in creating our dream wedding! Rachel and Johnny Rutter
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Aislinn Sent on 14/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing experience

We had an amazing experience with all of the staff, especially Ashley! She was amazing to work with and helped make it as stress free as possible from start to finish. The venue was just what we wanted and beautiful in for a fall wedding!
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Becky Sent on 19/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Picturesque and prepared

The venue at Burning Kiln winery is absolutely beautiful, and the team were so well-prepared for our day! We felt so supported from early planning stages to the last call on the dance floor, looking out over the beautiful vineyards.
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Burning Kiln Winery Real Weddings

Maria & Josh
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Kasia & Ryan
21 Photos · 28/Aug/2021

Meet the team

Bobbie Jo Griffin
Bobbie Jo Griffin
Events Manager

Hello! My name is Bobbie Jo and I am thrilled to meet you!

Prior to joining the Burning Kiln Winery team, as an entrepreneur running my own business, I successfully planned and designed many weddings and events. It was there I found my love for forming connections with people and engaging with others, often discussing weddings, drinking coffee or sipping red wine.

Whatever your vision, let's make it happen together!

Fun facts:
"Family First" is more than a motto for me - it's a lifestyle and as a crazy hockey & lacrosse mom, I am proud of it!

I love music, just don't ask me to name that tune.

If I'm not at work, you can find me by the water enjoying my paddleboard or just listening to the waves.

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1709 Front Road St Williams, Ontario N0E1P0 St Williams (Ontario)
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