Church & State Wines

1445 Benvenuto Ave V8M 1J5 Brentwood Bay (British Columbia) Map
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About Church & State Wines

Church & State Wines is a 120-acre estate located in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia. It is an ideal and beautiful location for both large and small gatherings. Church & State is known for its West Coast architecture and wraparound veranda, which allows guests to truly get to enjoy the vineyard. It is a short 15 minutes from the Victoria International Airport and only 20 minutes from Victoria.

Facilities and Capacity

The main hall can seat up to 250 guests. There are also lounge areas on the facility's outer decks. Ceremonies can take place outdoors, either by the large natural pond or on the hillside plateau that overlooks the vineyards. In the case of poor weather, there is also an indoor option.

Services Offered

Their beautiful winery strives to make the wedding planning process as stress-free as possible for the Bride and Groom! They offer a number of services to help the couple feel at ease throughout the months leading up to their special day. At their winery, they offer ceremony-only packages, ceremony and reception packages, as well as reception-only packages. Church & State is equipped with plenty of wedding-day amenities for both ceremonies and receptions. The building has:

  • Built-in audio system with auxiliary input and a handheld, wireless microphone
  • Individually dimmable lighting fixtures
  • Floor plan arrangements
  • Dancefloor
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Overhead heaters for outdoor decks
  • Full-service kitchen with different menu option catered by Executive Chef, Desiree Perrin
  • Fully licensed Bar with award winning Church & State Wines, local craft beers, and a variety of liquors available
  • Rental and organization of all necessary table, chairs, cutlery, glasseware, plateware and linens
  • All staffing services

Cuisine

Church & State is happy to offer a variety of different menus for your wedding. These menus include:

  • Served Hors d’Oeuvres
  • Reception Platters
  • Plated Dinner Service
  • Family-Style Dinner Service
  • Buffet
  • Food Stations
  • Desserts
  • Late Night Snacks
  • **The Bride and Groom are welcome to bring in a wedding cake from an outside, professionally licensed source

Other Services

Church & State Wines has a full time, year-round Events Manager, whose role is not limited to, but includes the following: answering any and all questions and inquiries, meeting with potential and current wedding clients, assisting the Bride and Groom in selecting a menu, coordinating with the Kitchen, aiding in formulating a bar service plan, assisting in creating a workable table layout, ordering all necessary linens and rentals, and organizing and directing all service staff for the wedding.

Their Events Manager will also organize a team to set up the tables, chairs, linens and place settings for all weddings, as well as all required teardown at the end of the event. The Events Manager will be present on the day-of the wedding to accept deliveries, meet with incoming vendors, and ensure that all venue-related concerns are addressed immediately.

During the wedding, guests are welcome to wander among the vineyards, play lawn games outside, or take photos anywhere on the property. The winery has a beautiful, wrap-around, covered and heated veranda overlooking the entire vineyard. The veranda is perfect for mingling during the cocktail hour, or catching a breath of fresh air during the party!

With such a beautiful and lush background, and so many options for customization, Church & State Wines is the perfect spot for a truly unique Vancouver Island wedding!

  • Number of guests From 50 to 200
  • Type Restaurant, winery
  • Style Classic, coastal, country, garden, glamorous, rustic, vintage
  • Event Services Bridal suite, catering / bar, clean up, event planning, event rentals, liability insurance, outside vendors, set up
  • Reception Site Fee - Peak Season C$ 6,000.00
  • Plated Service (per head) C$ 60.00
More information

More information about Church & State Wines

  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    One large interior room, with a beautiful wraparound, covered and heated veranda overlooking the vineyard. We also have a Bridal Room available for the wedding party before the ceremony.
  • 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
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail reception
    Dessert
    Family style
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash bar
    Champagne toast
    House beer
    House wine
    House liquor
    Limited bar
    Liquor license
    Open bar
    Premium liquor
    Signature drink
    Specialty beer
    Specialty wine
  • What event items are available?
    Altar/arches
    Dance floor
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Chairs
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Chocolate fountain
    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 off-peak season?
    C$ 4000
  • 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?
    C$ 3000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    C$ 2000
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Set up
    Clean up
    Event planning
    Chairs
    Tables
    Linens
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Parking
    Bridal suite
  • What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?
    C$ 60
  • What is the average catering price per person for stations?
    C$ 55
  • What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?
    C$ 10
  • 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?
    C$ 20
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Limited bar
    Open bar
    House beer
    Specialty beer
    House wine
    Specialty wine
    Champagne toast
    House liquor
    Bartenders

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6 Reviews for Church & State Wines


4.5 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.2
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.7
  • Response time 4.0

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  • Andrew

    Andrew B. · Married on 06/07/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Awesome Venue

    An incredibly beautiful venue. We had our ceremony on the hillside, and our cocktail hour and reception in the main building. We fell in love with it as soon as we walked in. Wooden beams, wine barrels and large windows looking out onto the vineyard. Bright open space which was more than enough for our wedding of 85 guests (and can easily accommodate more). No need to go overboard with decorations, this venue/property is special all on its own. Church and State has their own kitchen on site, so no need to find a caterer. The food was amazing – our guest couldn’t stop talking about it. We went with family style, which worked out perfectly. We also had a number of guests with special dietary needs and they were nothing but accommodating. We gave Nicole and her team a copy of the seating chart indicating who needed special meals and it was all taken care of. They were flexible with everything and Nicole was always on hand to make sure we were happy and well taken care of. I'd highly recommend Church and State for your wedding!

    Sent on 28/07/2019
  • Amy

    Amy C. · Married on 29/06/2019

    4.4
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    West Coast Wedding

    Church and State is a beautiful venue. It does not require much in terms of decorating, it is so naturally beautiful. Nicole was also great to work with. My only criticism would be that it would be great for the location to find a nicer ways for brides to get the aisle. It is an awkward trek through a parking lot to get to the aisle and guests can see you. It would be great if you were escorted in a vehicle to the beginning of the aisle, but that may also be awkward to get out of! Nicole did a great job and dealt with issues seamlessly.

    Sent on 10/09/2019
  • Nadine

    Nadine H. · Married on 27/05/2017

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    This is one of the most stunning venues in Victoria, BC! A few tips for inquiring brides... the plated dinner choice was amazing, we chose stuffed salmon, tenderloin and stuffed chicken. With the help of a seating chart colour coded by guest meal options I provided, everyone's food was delivered hot within minutes unlike those terrible buffet lines. We also provided appies while we got some photos, which were a huge hit. It ended up being the most reasonable option too as we brought in dessert. The space is beautiful on it's own, so it requires little decorating, the thing to focus on more is making the space personalized with photos, etc. Seating is great and there's a lot of room for dancing (we had 72 guests). The room can get very warm on a hot day, which unfortunately meant that not a lot of our guests danced, which was something I really wanted. The guests did enjoy the wrap around deck outdoors all night though and loved it for mingling. Overall for the venue location, drinks, appies and dinner the value was definitely there. I'd highly recommend Church and State Winery for your wedding!!

    Sent on 02/07/2017
  • L

    Laura · Married on 25/05/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Highly recommend!!

    The venue is absolutely gorgeous. The staff are amazing. We absolutely loved every part of our experience and it made for the perfect day. Nicole and her team were such a pleasure to work with and care so much about the details. The enthusiasm they show makes the planning that much more fun. It rained on our big day and it didn’t matter for a second, the indoor option was arguably just as perfect as the outdoor one!! It was such a relief to know rain or shine, the day would be beautiful and stress-free. Highly recommend this venue and the team at Church and State!

    Sent on 24/07/2019

    Church & State Wines's reply:

    Thank you so much for your review Laura! You were absolutely beautiful and what a gorgeous wedding !! Come visit anytime.
  • J

    Jessie F. · Married on 01/06/2013

    3.4
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      1.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      2.0

    We fell in love with Church and State Wines a year and half before our wedding. We had an initial viewing and received a quote before booking. Church and State has in house catering so that was included. Based on the quote and viewing we booked the venue. In the year and a half before our wedding, we dealt with three different events people. Everything was great until the first meeting with the second events manager. We took our coordinator to the meeting and thank goodness we did because everything we had been told had changed. Our alternative ceremony location for rain was booked as a restaurant until 3 and the alternative didn't hold all our guests. Thousands of dollars in new charges that we were never told about. That being said, after we brought up all these issues and showed them our previous quote, they did honor our original price. However, they acted like they were doing us a favour and never apologized for the stress they put us through or the fact that they clearly didn't look at our original quote before meeting with us.

    Once we got everything settled, we had an amazing wedding day. The grounds and building were beautiful. We had great service in picking our wine. The food was incredible and plentiful. We had great service from the serving staff.

    I would recommend Church and State but only if you are willing to really keep an eye on your quotes and keep up communication with the events manager. We were lucky to have our wedding coordinator help with many of the issues. It is a beautiful site with great food but be prepared to deal with less than helpful management staff.

    Sent on 15/06/2013

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1445 Benvenuto Ave Brentwood Bay (British Columbia) V8M 1J5
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