Set amongst picturesque vineyards and terraced gardens Goona Warra is an elegant and romantic venue for very special weddings. A venue that combines the beautiful charms of an historic winery with PERSONAL SERVICE….EXCEPTIONAL FOOD….ESTATE WINES.
Founded in 1863 by early Victorian Premier, the Hon. James Goodall Francis, Goona Warra was the most grandiose of the eight vineyards flourishing in Sunbury in the 1860’s. Translated from the local Aboriginal dialect, “Goona Warra” meant “resting place of Black Swan”. Sadly, however, the economics of the day saw the vines being pulled out in the 1890’s. After being given over to other agricultural pursuits in the interim, the historic vineyard was subsequently replanted in 1983, and the magnificent buildings restored in 1987.
This historic bluestone winery is set amongst terraced gardens, and approached from a sweeping drive which skirts the picturesque vineyard. Goona Warra is a spectacular, unique setting for your special occasion. Indulge your guests with an event to remember, perfect for both your ceremony followed by your reception all in the one location, with boundless opportunities for photography. Enjoy a ceremony in the Cellar or on the Terrace followed by lunch, dinner, or a cocktail party in the gardens, the Cellar or the Great Hall.
The Head Chef will prepare contemporary, European inspired cuisine to your order. The menus are flexible and the food is flavoursome and fresh. They can tailor their packages to suit you – The dedicated Events Coordinator will happily provide you with expert assistance in planning your special day and have an abundance of recommendations for photographers, celebrants, musicians, cakes, florists and more….
A memorable food and wine experience in a vineyard setting – just 30 minutes from the centre of Melbourne.
Goona Warra Vineyard is located 20 minutes from the Melbourne International Airport on the outskirts of Sunbury, Victoria. The venue has ample off street parking for all guests and easy access to public transport for those who need it.
Our venue specializes in Weddings however we are also known to host birthdays, engagements, christenings, corporate dinners, Christmas Parties, hen’s parties, baby showers and other monument occasions for those who want to celebrate with class, style and ease.
WHAT CAN GUESTS ENJOY THE VENUE:
This venue boasts flowing vineyard views from our Tuscan style Terrace, homegrown wines and local produce used to inspire a varied menus to suit all catering styles, budgets and tastes.
DOES A VENUE HIRE FEE APPLY?
For all events that include food and beverage packages venue hire is free! A minimum spend requirement does apply.
WHAT IS THE LATEST TIME THE VENUE WILL ALLOW AN EVENT TO RUN?
Licenced to serve alcohol until 12am on most days of the year, allowing events to run until midnight where necessary.
ARE THERE ADDITIONAL COSTS (ie: security, staffing, service charges etc)
Events are quoted based on your needs, so all costs incurred are outlined clearly via a personalised itemized proposal online. There are no hidden fees or additional costs imposed upon our couples or clients outside of what is listed clearly on the quote.
DOES THE VENUE ALLOW OUTSIDE CATERING?
No, there is a fantastic chef and bar team so should your event require catering, this can all be organised in-house. The only external catering allowed is food trucks, as long as these are additional to the in-house catering packages, and are self sufficient and have all the appropriate licences and insurances needed to operate legally.
CAN UNDERAGE GUEST ATTEND EVENTS? ARE THERE ANY RULES / RESTRICTIONS AROUND THIS?
Absolutely, however underage guests require appropriate adult supervision at all times and the understanding that alcohol will not be served to any minors under the age of 18 regardless of parental supervision.
CAN GUESTS STYLE / DECORATE THE EVENT SPACE?
Of course! Our packages include a fair amount of venue decor at the clients disposal, however we are more than happy to assist our clients in decorating the space prior to the event with their own decorations or outsourced stylists. We have minor restrictions to protect the building structure and historical status, which can be discussed upon enquiry.
DOES THE VENUE SET UP FURNITURE?
Yes, our staff will set and pack down your space as required as part of our service. The only time we ask you to partake in this is if outsourced stylists have been hired to make dramatic changes eg: hanging fairy lights from the ceiling, draping the arbour etc. which require insurances and working at heights tickets, in which case we ask you to arrange install with that supplier instead. All these arrangements are discussed upon your planning meetings at 4months, 1 month, 2 weeks and 1 week prior to the event.
IS THERE AUDIO VISUAL (AV)?
We have a cordless microphone on both levels of the building for speeches and basic speaker system for Ipod, Iphone music to be played. However, we highly recommend clients to arrange a professional DJ or Band to handle their music needs.
Additional AV can be hired in at a cost.
IS THERE A STAGE?
Yes, there is a removable stage that holds 4 people.
IS THERE A DANCE FLOOR?
Yes, the dance floor is created around your floor plan design so it can be adjusted to suit your needs.
IS THERE SPACE FOR A LIVE BAND?
Yes, you can have up to a 5 piece band
DO YOUR CONFERENCE / EVENT SPACES FEATURE NATURAL LIGHT?
The Great hall is well lit with stained glass windows. The Cellar has less natural night but both are well lit with ceiling, spot, festoon and fairy lights along with candles as required.
DOES THE VENUE ALLOW EXTERNAL MUSIC? (live bands, DJs etc)
DO ANY OF YOUR EVENT SPACES HAVE ACCESS TO AN OUTDOOR AREA?
Yes, the Terrace is available to clients throughout their event.
DOES THE VENUE HAVE WHEELCHAIR ACCESS?
Through the staff entrance, yes.
WHAT TIME IS THE VENUE LICENSED UNTIL?
WHAT ARE THE DEPOSIT TERMS?
Generally it is 20% of the total quoted amount upon booking and a further 20% within 3 months. Final payment will then be due after the 1 month out appointment when menus, timings and guests in attendance have all been finalised.
DO YOU OFFER FREE WIFI?