Kings River Winery in Sanger is enjoying being reopened for business after the 2020 pandemic closure resulted in a quiet year.
The demand for event space at the winery is also increasing. The phone has been ringing all the time lately as Central Valley couples begin to see their futures.
“At least with the introduction of the vaccines, people seem very excited to be planning their weddings to book their appointments for tours,” said Ashley Green, director of operations and events. “I’ve seen a huge surge in touring in the last month and a half. Last Friday, I gave nine in a day so people would be ready to plan their wedding.”
Events make up more than half of the winery business, according to Green, which has made the past few months especially challenging. They could hold micro-weddings, but now they look forward to broadening their horizons.
Despite the pandemic, the Kings River winery is expanding. We’re at their newest venue, Grace Barn, an indoor and outdoor space for Valley Brides and Grooms.
“It’s really conveniently located just five minutes from our main lot at the winery. They complement each other very well. This is a rustic barn. Our other facility is a beautiful winery,” said Green.
The winery bought 14 acres of land with a barn, a nearby house, and land.
Green says they have already booked many weddings in 2021 and some in 2022.
“If the last year has taught us anything, you just have to keep moving forward, looking ahead, and trying to bring your business up to speed. Right now we know people are looking for options that are just for indoor and outdoor Outdoors as well as outdoors … so we’ve just added one more, “said Green.
A business that says “cheers” to its own future and couples are ready to celebrate their big day.
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