Read the story of Carvalho Family Winery


Dear Carvalho Family,
Thank you so much for your generous support of our Camp Kesem UC Davis fundraiser, “Make the Magic.” With your help we raised our goal and can take120 children, whose lives have been affected by cancer, to camp for a week, free of charge this summer. We are very grateful for your generosity

Camp Kesem UC Davis 2014

Marnie & Krista,
We could not have dreamed of a better venue or team. You really came through for us and our guests couldn’t have been more impressed. Thank you for the perfect wedding.

Lance & Juan 6/14/2014

We had such an awesome tasting at Carvalho last weekend! The Boatshed Red was off the charts!! Thank you for the wonderful hospitality and we can't wait to return.

Patricia 3/14/2014

Marnie & Krista,
Thank you for hosting our wedding. Old Sugar Mill is such a beautiful place to have a wedding. All of our guests were commenting on the venue. We had the time of our life. We could not have asked for a better venue.
Thanks again,

The Betscharts

Marnie, John & Crew,
Thank you so much for everything you did to make our big day a success. You and your team were a pleasure to work with and I would recommend Carvalho to anyone! We have a special place in our heart for Carvalho and old sugar mill, so many memories.

Thank you! Cory & Emily

Marnie & Carvalho team,
Sorry this note is so late, but we wanted to thank you for allowing us to rent your beautiful facility for our event. We enjoyed working the team and we appreciated your flexibility to allow us to have the John Deer Tractor on-site for photos- It really made our day extra special.

Thanks again, Kathy & Jared 6-13

Marnie  & Staff,
We want to thank you so much for making our big day so special. Everything turned out to be more than perfect and everything we hoped for! Our Guests are still raving about Old Sugar Mill and how wonderful our wedding was. You and your staff are amazing and we can’t thank you enough.

Shauna & Caleb 9/13

Carvalho Family Winery,
Thank you so much for everything! All of our guests continue to rave about how much they loved the venue! The staff has been absolutely amazing throughout this process & really brought everything together beautifully the day of!
Thanks again & God Bless,

- Sincerely, Raquel & Vincent 6/13

Thanks so much for all the work you did with Kristina & Adam for their wedding on April 6. The winery was a quaint & beautiful location for the wedding- really perfect. I can see why they wanted to have it there- really perfect and we loved it! Once they saw Old Sugar Mill last year they had their hearts set on it for their wedding venue. Part of the reason was that Kristina enjoyed working with you so much, Marnie.  (Customer service makes a big difference!) I know you need to put in tons of hours to pull of these weddings, Marnie, and I just wanted to express my appreciation again for all the work you and your staff do behind the scenes to prepare for and clean up after weddings. Thanks again for all your help. Old Sugar Mill provided a beautiful, memorable & fun venue for Kristina’s and Adam’s wedding- not to mention that it is a great backdrop for photos.. Thanks!

- Pat & Rand

Marnie & Dawn,
I wanted to thank you both so very much for making my Chief's retirement party such a success!  The venue and food were PERFECT and AMAZING and I've heard nothing but positive feedback from the guests.  You were both so great to work with and I can't wait to work with you again in the future!!  Please extend my thank you to your staff as well!  Everyone was great!! Thank you so much.

- Alana



Dear Marnie, Krista & Staff,
Thank you so much for hosting our wedding at the Old Sugar Mill in May 13! We had an amazing wedding and we could not have pulled it off without all your help with set up, planning and bartending -we received so many compliments on the venue and the entire evening and we have all the staff to thank for that. You guys did an amazing job and we thank you for all your hard work.


- Laura & Alex

Hi Marnie,
I just wanted to thank you, Krista, Josh and everyone at Carvalho Family Winery for making our daughter’s wedding so amazing. We agreed that it turned out just as we had envisioned it would. The bride and bridesmaids enjoyed the wine and cheese you provided and had such a fun time together in the bridal suite I thought they might forget the ceremony! Thanks for everything. We won’t hesitate to recommend Carvalho Winery and the Old Sugar Mill to others.

- Renee 8/2013

Marnie and Krista,
This email is very long over due and I apologize for that. Thank you so much for everything you did to make my Bridesmaid Luncheon so wonderful. I really appreciate the attention you gave us and it made us all feel so special.

Krista, thank you so much for the private wine tasting. You had such patience with us especially with the last minute changes and I appreciate that. The food was excellent and the table was perfect. It was fun to go into the Barrel Room after and talk about the details of the wedding with the girls.

thank you so much for going out of your way to get the Champagne and cupcakes. Diane told me you were wonderful to work with. Please pass along a thank you Marnie to your son as well. He was great too. I am thrilled to say we booked Crisp Catering for the Reception. I really look forward to the next few months of finalizing the details. We ordered our invitations this weekend. Can't beat a Labor Day Sale.

Thanks again to all of you. The day was exactly what I had hoped for.


- Amy, Jan 14

Hi Marnie,
Doug and I wanted to say a huge thanks for making everything go smoothly and perfectly on our St. Patrick's Day wedding! We had the best day and everyone commented on how beautiful the place looked. I've attached some of our favorite pictures because they turned out so amazing.

All the best,

- Doug and Jenny

I can’t thank you enough for the amazing event last night. It couldn’t have turned out more perfect. I’ve received such good feedback from everyone last night and this morning. I’m surprised at the number of guests that have never been to the Old Sugar Mill. You now have 500 new fans! Thank you again!

- Kim

We had a wonderful evening and it would not have been possible without your awesome staff. They went above and beyond to assist us with all our needs. Set up went smoothly and the evening just sailed. Wonderful compliments from our guests on the friendliness of your staff. The room was beautiful. Major kudos to Krista - she took care of every request immediately. She's a great asset to your staff - approachable, efficient, warm, simply an awesome event coordinator. Many thanks for creating a memorable evening.

- Linda

Marnie & John,
We cannot thank you both for all you did for us to make all our dreams come true. You are truly wonderful people and we hope to have many more events at OSM (Old Sugar Mill).

- Mike & Tina 5/2011

Thank you so much for helping make our day special. We couldn’t have picked a better venue or person to work with on our wedding. You are amazing!

- Thanks, Frankie

Dear Marnie,
Thank you so much for all your hard working helping us plan and celebrate our wedding. Old Sugar Mill is the best venue. You and your staff were amazing all day and into the night on our wedding day. I can’t say enough about how much we appreciate everything and how much we enjoyed our day. Thanks for making everything so simple and easy.


- Kim & Brad

Marnie & Staff,
Thank you for all your help & support for our very special day! I’m so excited to have our event at your venue! We can’t wait to say “I do!”

- Greg & Lisa

We cannot thank you enough for everything you did for the wedding! Thanks to you, it went perfectly & everyone had an amazing time. We will definitely keep in touch!! Thanks AGAIN!

- Marc & Nichole

Marnie & John & Team,
Well it’s the new year and time for meeting goals- one of which was to finish our thank you cards! We got married @ old Sugar Mill on 8/13/11 and had the BEST time ever! Everything leading up to it and the night of was so smooth. I’d recommend ya’ll to everyoneJ Thank you sooo much for your kindness and hospitality through it all. I feel so comfortable with you- like family! You really made our day. Wishing you all the best for years to come

- Valerie & Craig

Dear Marnie,
We wanted to personally Thank you for helping us with Ryan & Shannon’s wedding on Jan 8. Everything went smoothly, the staff was helpful in every way and we had a great time. We so appreciated your advice and ideas. It was a pleasure to meet you and to work with you.

- Janine, Tom, Ryan & Shannon

Dear Marnie & the Carvalho Family Winery,
Thank you so much for helping us with our wedding. Everything was perfect and we loved the venue, staff and wine.

- Gordon & Jessica

John & Marnie,
Thank you for the birthday lunch and wine, but especially thanks for helping with the birthday surprise.  Heidi
Marnie- Thanks for all your help in making this such a special day. It’s been fun working with you & getting to know you! Thanks!

- Nate & Tina

Marnie, John & Carvalho Hospitality Staff,
We cannot express enough how happy we are that we chose you as our wedding venue. From the day that John walked us through the rough wedding layout, we were in love. Thank you, Marnie for making our day so special. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Josh. He was super helpful throughout the evening. We really had an amazing night! Thanks again for everything! We’re sure we will be visiting Carvalho & Old Sugar Mill time & time again!

- Cheers, Jason & Janelle

Marnie & Carvalho Hospitality Staff- Thanks for helping us with our special day :)

- Alisha & Phil

Community Fundraisers & Donations:

Dear Mr. Carvalho,
We just want to let you know how much we appreciated the wine tasting and tour of the Old Sugar Mill. It was a learning experience for everyone in our party. We thank you for your generosity to the Carmichael Kiwanis. The funds we make from the Crab Feed and Taste of Carmichael go right back into the community.

Many, many thanks!

Bob, Diane and friends

we had the BEST time Saturday at our tour and tasting with you.  we were all so taken by all the info about the area that you shared....and-ESPECIALLY the wines you shared!  everything was perfect and we thank-you SO much for you wonderful hospitality.  we all hope to see you again soon!  thanx again ....salud!

Kathy Dixon

Dear Marnie,
Many thanks to you and your associates (Mark & Sandy) for helping to make the “Train Concert” a success. Members of the Ranch Cordova Civic Light Orchestra are looking forward to music & wine (of course) at Old Sugar Mill this summer. The wines were wonderful as was the generous silent auction donation. Please let us know when you need us, we will be stopping by periodically for wine anyway.


John & Marnie,
Thank You for helping to make our event a great success! We all appreciate your support of Crocker/ Riverside Elementary  School. Thank You,

The Crocker Crush Bus Families 2013

Marnie, John and Carvalho Family,
I want to thank you for donating the wine tasting for 12 at the 2014 crab feed. It makes for a fun & unique auction along with helping out our little parish


On Behalf of the entire DECS Community, the 2014 crab feed committee would like to thank Carvalho Family Winery for your support and contributions. It is supporters like you that pave the way to success. Not just for our fundraisers but for each & every student at Delta Elementary Charter School. The money raised this year will go toward new technology which supports efficiency & higher learning achievements!! Thank You! We look forward to working with you again in the future.

Victoria & the DECS Crab Feed Committee 1/2014

Thank You so much for your donation. It helped make our dinner fundraiser a success.

Elk Grove High School Band - 2013

Dear Mr. Carvalho,
On behalf of the Davis High School Advanced Treble Choir, I would like to thank you for contributing to our Music Fundraiser. The event was a huge Success thanks to the generous support of businesses like yours.

Sincerely, Krissy

Hi Marnie,
just wanted to say THANK YOU again for a fantastic brunch.. The event was outstanding... And thank you for the generous donation for our upcoming Sac-PAL fundraiser...

I will come by soon & drop off my wine club information.. I have been meaning to join for quite a while.. Love your products, the facility, and the staff...

Thanks again... :) - Charles

Dear Marnie,
We are so thankful for your support to this educational fundraiser! We especially appreciate Joshua driving up on Sunday to pour for the wine tasting . . he was interacting very well with our guests and was most informative of your wines. Please see the attached donation letter.


- Kathy Perez

Things have finally slowed down a bit around here and I wanted to thank Carvalho Family Wines for their participation in Care Begins with Me. We sincerely appreciate the donation and hope that we can work together in the future- Erica
Dear Carvalho Family Wines, I want to personally thank you for your participation in the 6th annual A Taste of December. Without your generous contribution of delicious wines, this wonderful event would not be possible.

- Woodward

Marnie & Carvalho,
Thank Yu for your support of Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce. Our Auction proceeds support the scholarship program.

Thank You,

- Paul

Marnie & Team,
Thank you so much for attending and donating at our Gala on the 24th- We absolutely cannot run this event without our vendors support! 

- SPCA Gal Committee

Dear Marnie,
On behalf of CMP-Capitol Campus, I wish you a very Happy New Year! Thank You for supporting our organization. We appreciate it.


- Bernie


Although I don’t get the opportunity to tell you as often as I would like, but thank you for working tirelessly for your vendors and making the events at Old Sugar Mill worthwhile… without your efforts, it wouldn’t be half as successful as it is today. Enjoy this treat with some port and keep rockin out!!!
Much Love,

Dave Shilling (Photographer)

Hello Marnie,
Lee and I just wanted to thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to partner up with you and your team once again. I can’t tell you how much we sincerely appreciate your confidence in us and we promise to make you proud of us and your decision. Thank You Rick & Lee

- Siegel’s Portraits

Thank you so much for being so great to work with on Alicia & Ryan’s wedding. You made everything smooth and easy!

- Aimee Wendell (event Coordinator)

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