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Forgotten Barrel LLC

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.Do I provide my own caterer?

A.Yes. Forgotten Barrel does not have on site catering. We do offer a preferred vendors list of local caterers.

Q.What is included in the price?

A.The facility itself for 5 hours in the evening or 4 hours during the day.

Q.How late can my reception go?

A.All events at Forgotten Barrel must be completed and cleaned up by 10:00pm.

Q.Can I have a live band?

A.Due to residential sound ordinances, Forgotten Barrel can only allow live music in any of our outdoor areas until 9:00 pm. After that, you may only use non-amplified live music such as a string quartet, harpist, violinist, pianist or singer. If you host your reception in our indoor areas, then yes, live music is allowed.

Q.Can I bring in my own alcohol?

A.Forgotten Barrel is not licensed by the State of Califonia to serve or have on our property hard alcohol. Only Forgotten Barrel Wines are provided and a selction of beer are allowed on the premises.

Q.Can I have a cash bar?

A.Yes you may have a cash bar or provide the wine and beer as part of your wedding package.  This can be customized based on your budget and selection you wish to offer.

Q.Is there a fee for the ceremony?

A.No. It's included in your package price.

Q.Do you have a place for the bride and groom to get ready?

A.Yes. We provide a bridal suite included in the price for the bride to get ready.  

Q.What is not included?

A.You are responsible for providing your own caterer, florist, photographer, wedding coordinator (if desired) , DJ, officiant and wedding cake.

Q.What if I only want a reception?

A.If you would like to use Forgotten Barrel for your reception, please contact us for more details.

Forgotten Barrel now occupies the former Ferrara Winery, which was designated a California historic point of interest in the late 1970’s and a historic site by the city of Escondido in 1989.  The winery, was established in 1886 as one of San Diego county and Southern California’s first vineyards.  The winery was purchased in 1928 by George Ferrara, banking on the repeal of prohibition by President Roosevelt. 

The winery reopened in 1932-33 with the passage of the 21st amendment.   During the next 75 years, Ferrara Winery grew to prominence in the California wine industry.  It was operated by 3 generations until 2010.  Forgotten Barrel restored the historic property and opened the tasting room in 2017 and will continue to tell the story of the Ferrara family and the history of this amazing California landmark.


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