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Best Destination Wedding Venue in Portugal: Vineyard Wedding at Quinta de Sant’Ana

06.13.24

Tucked into the lush countryside between Lisbon and the Atlantic Ocean is one of Portugal’s dreamiest, most romantic, best wedding venues, Quinta de Sant’Ana. The Quinta is both rustic and boho-chic, a family-run working farm and vineyard focusing on green farming practices. There, the team creates the warmest, most inviting experience, served with homegrown ingredients, traditional food, and Portuguese hospitality. From the fantastic, sloping vineyards to the beautiful yellow villa, you couldn’t ask for a more perfect setting for the most fantastic wedding day.

I’m Aideen, a destination wedding photographer who has been lucky enough to capture love stories worldwide. Today, I want to share why Quinta de Sant’Ana is one of my absolute favorite wedding venues. As someone who thrives on the magic of destination weddings, Quinta de Sant’Ana holds a special place in my heart. Now, let’s explore all there is to know about planning a wedding at Quinta de Sant’Ana.

The History of Quinta de Sant’Ana

Dating back to 1633, the Quinta borders the Tapada de Mafra, a national park that was once the King of Portugal’s hunting grounds. Nestled in the green, fertile hills outside of the park, the Quinta has a unique, cool climate, making it perfectly suited for wine production, so it’s no surprise that Quinta de Sant’Ana has been making wine for hundreds of years. Twelve hectares of rolling vineyards stretch along the vast rolling hills of the estate, a picturesque display of wine in its infancy. These vineyards, combined with the surrounding gardens, woodlands, orchards, and wild grasslands, create an idyllic green landscape—one that makes the lemon-hued house pop.

Inside, every—I mean every –space, from the Dona Rosa Bar to the Reception Hall, oozes more rustic charm than the next. The windows of each brightly coloured room are framed by large shutters that, when open, allow sunlight to pour in. The ivy crawling up the house’s façade only adds to this absolute stunner of a venue’s beauty. All in all, there’s certainly no shortage of photo opportunities throughout the Quinta.

In its nearly 400 years, Quinta de Sant’Ana has seen many different owners, all contributing to the estate’s storied history. And it’s a history you just may decide to be a part of if a destination wedding is what you’re after.

Fun fact: In Portugal, a Quinta is a country villa or estate. The word “Quinta” comes from the Latin “quintus,” which translates to “a fifth.” Historically, rent was paid with a fifth of farm produce. Impress your wedding guests with that little tidbit (or keep it handy for pub quiz!).

A Destination Wedding Venue Worth Considering

Quinta de Sant’Ana is located in a sleepy village called Gradil, a 30-minute drive from Lisbon. That, combined with a roughly 3-hour flight time from Dublin to Lisbon’s airport, only adds to the appeal of a Quinta de Sant’Ana wedding for Irish couples. With nearly 1,000 weddings under their belts, the team at Quinta de Sant’Ana is well-suited to assist you in planning your destination wedding, from connecting you with the best vendors to managing logistics on the day. Trust: from the first glass of welcome vino to day-after-sunset cocktails on the beach (just 12 km away from the Quinta), your wedding celebrations will be as chilled as a glass of white.

What Will My Quinta de Sant’Ana Wedding Look Like?

Your Quinta de Sant’Ana wedding will flow just as easily as the wine at dinner. During a Quinta de Sant’Ana wedding, guests are seamlessly moved from welcome drinks in the Courtyard to the ceremony in the impossibly beautiful vineyards or the white-washed, 14th-century São Silvestre Church, just a short walk from the Quinta, before heading back to the Courtyard for cocktails. You’ll then settle into the rustic, candle-lit Reception Hall for a delicious dinner of traditional Portuguese fare, made using the finest local ingredients. After, it’s time to cut the cake on The Patios under the romantic glow of lanterns and string lights before boogying on down in the cellars of the Olive Oil Press. With so many different areas used to celebrate you and your partner’s love, you won’t miss a chance to enjoy the property to its fullest!

About That Portuguese Fare…

If you’re considering a destination wedding in Portugal, you’re hardly going to eat staples from home. The Quinta provides menu items inspired by typical Portuguese cuisine. Due to its location, you’re spoiled for choice, with plenty of options from both land and sea. With a focus on creating dishes made from fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients, the team will wow you and your guests with everything from the famous Quinta de Sant’Ana Mafra bread (a family recipe) to local oysters and cured sausages. Oh, and your wedding cake? That’s lovingly baked in one of many different options, from lemon with red berries to almond with chocolate mouse and Stracciatella.

And What About the Wine?

Wine flows freely with dinner on the day, and wine tastings are available for you and your guests during the celebrations. Head down to the ancient wine cellar to try some Quinta de Sant’Ana wine, which includes Portuguese and international varieties as well as organic options. While the winery has been updated with state-of-the-art technologies, I love that the team stays true to the region’s heritage and continues the pisapé (grape stomping) tradition for certain reds. You definitely don’t have to be a sommelier to appreciate that level of dedication!

Gorgeous Extras

On the day of the wedding, the bridal party can avail of the Annexe Room, a stunning space filled with natural light—perfect for you and all the girlies to glam up and settle down any pre-wedding jitters.

Between five gorgeous houses and four stable rooms, the Quinta sleeps up to 43 guests. The team will help you source alternative accommodation for any additional guests at local hotels, and they’ll even help book coach hire for the toing and froing—a nice bonus, considering the narrow village roads can be tricky to navigate!

When packing for your destination wedding, the last thing you need to worry about is bringing an extra suitcase for various bits and bobs like place cards and table markers. So let the Quinta de Sant’Ana wedding team handle that for you. In fact, they can arrange all your stationery, from your save-the-dates to your thank-you cards.

Wrapping your head around wedding décor can also be tricky from abroad, but thankfully Quinta de Sant’Ana is a natural beauty; it doesn’t require much decoration, which is especially handy for planning from abroad. Still, eco-conscious couples, rejoice! Your flower displays and bouquets can be arranged on-site for an additional fee using seasonal homegrown flowers straight from the estate’s gardens.

The Finer Details

One of the perks of destination weddings is that they can often cost you and your partner less in the end. The cost of your Quinta de Sant’Ana wedding will vary based mainly on the size of your guest list and the dinner menu you select. Of course, there are loads of other lovely little bits you can add on for a fee, but menu options begin at €190 per person. Venue fees are only applicable to couples whose guest list does not meet the minimum number requirements: 85 adults Monday-Thursday (year-round), 90 adults Friday-Sunday (November-March), and 120 adults Friday-Sunday (April-October).

Planning Tips for a Quinta de Sant’Ana Wedding

Best Time: Spring and autumn are ideal for weddings here, with mild weather and vibrant foliage.

Local Vendors: Here are some local vendors I recommend to help enhance your wedding experience:

Jazz Band: 24robbers
Brass Jazz Band: The Cottas Club
Makeup: Joana Moreira
Hair: Raquel Raposo

Photography Tip: To make the most of the venue, consider having a first look in the vineyard and scheduling a sunset photo session.

Getting There: Quinta de Sant’Ana is conveniently located near Lisbon, with easy access by car or taxi.

Accommodation: For your guests, there are charming hotels and Airbnbs in the nearby villages of Gradil and Mafra.

Activities: Your guests can explore the beautiful beaches of Ericeira and the historic town of Sintra or enjoy wine-tasting tours at the vineyard.

Wedding Photography at Quinta de Sant’Ana

My goal is to capture authentic moments and the breathtaking beauty of the venue. From candid shots during the ceremony to stunning portraits in the vineyard, I aim to tell your love story in the most beautiful way possible. Some of my favourite spots for photos include the rustic wine cellar, the romantic chapel, and golden hour in the vineyards. Quinta de Sant’Ana is honestly picture-perfect!

Why Book Me as Your Destination Wedding Photographer

With years of experience in destination weddings, I bring a unique blend of creativity and professionalism to every shoot. I’m passionate about capturing the beauty of each location and my couples’ love stories. Whether you are planning an intimate elopement or a grand celebration for your wedding day at Quinta de Sant’Ana, I will work closely with you to create an incredible experience that captures the essence of your love story. Contact me for a consultation, and let’s start planning your dream wedding photography experience.