La Vie Dansante is a boutique winery crafting wines of elegance and finesse from locally-grown Rhone varietals such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, and Viognier. We have a second label which we also pour which features our “California Favorites” such as Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our wines are truly hand-crafted – if you find a fingerprint on the bottle it likely belongs to me, the winemaker! We offer wine tasting on Monday, Thursday, and Friday as well as the weekends from noon to 5 pm and other times by appointment.
Come, escape to the country, and join us for a glass of our exceptional, award-winning wines. We’re located just east of the Gilroy Premium Outlet Malls in the foothills of Gilroy, CA.
CORONOVIRUS UPDATE – We are closed until May 2nd
In compliance with Governor Newsom’s extension of the the Shelter-In-Place Order, La Vie Dansante Wines will be closed to the public until May 2nd or until the order is lifted. All April events have been cancelled.
We will continue to offer Free Doorstep Delivery service in the South Bay, Santa Cruz County, and Hollister areas. Purchase a minimum of three bottles by the end of the day Sunday and we’ll deliver them to your doorstep Monday afternoon. Order online, by email, of by calling 408-826-2712.
CORONOVIRUS UPDATE – We are closed until April 7th
I spent much of this morning debating with myself about the relative merits of keeping the winery at least partially open versus closing it completely. I went around and around until I realized…
I love wine – and we truly need the revenue – but nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than the health and safety of you and your loved ones. In the end, the decision is easy – we will 100% honor the Shelter-In-Place order from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and be completely closed until April 7th.
You can support us by following our lead and making the sacrifice for the good of our community… and then joining us for one hell of a party when this is finally over.
This is the month that kicks-off the wine “season”. The winery is coming alive, Apricots and Cherries are blooming, grapes have been pruned, and we’re thinking about putting away the Tasting Room heaters. We’ve pretty much finalized the entire 2020 events calendar including the Spring, Summer, and Fall Music Series, the Summer Movie Series, the Wine Stroll list, and of course the monthly Symposia schedule. Look for details to the right if you’re at your desk or below if you’re using your phone.
Even with all of that, there are move events on the way awaiting announcement. Stay tuned for exciting news about several winemaker dinners and off-site pouring events!
As far as grapes and wine go… we’re pretty much done pruning, winemaking is caught up for the spring so now we concentrate on bottling. Bottles and supplies are on the way so we expect to be busy in April and May putting all of the delicious goodness into bottles for release later this year. And yes, the Port will finally be bottled.
February… the last of our two “down” months. If there’s any time at all that we can slow down, rest, and reset for the coming year it’s the months of January and February. Of course it’s not all playing with the dog and watching the grass grow. February is the month for closing out the previous year’s financials and crafting the story we’re going to tell the IRS. It’s also the month we finalize our Annual Operational Plan – the list of events; bands, movies, wine walks, and parties we’re planning for the coming year – and our Annual Production Plan – the list of major winemaking activities; bottling, racking, harvest, etc.
This year we have the added fun of kicking off the negotiations for our next lease here at 3200 Dryden Ave. I know it seems like the year is flying – it’s already February, and it feels like spring – but how about how fast the past five years have gone by? When we first negotiated our lease five years seemed like forever. Isn’t it amazing how quickly forever can pass?
We have a full calendar planned for 2020 including classes, movies, parties, and other celebrations. Check out the calendar to the right on this page. The dates are pretty much set in stone and the details will continue to be added as we get them. There’s one more event to add, probably sometime in June (I just thought of it), our 5th Anniversary Party! Stay tuned – sign up for emails below – for more information.
It’s New Year’s Day and the plan (we’re big on planning around here) was to sleep in until 10 am, make a big pot of Chili, play with the puppy, and watch the Rose Bowl (go Oregon, but only because of the Pac-12). But here I sit, in a Starbucks at 9 am, working on our event calendar for next year. Partially because this is such a big year for us (couldn’t sleep), and partially because I might be addicted to caffeine (Venti Pike Place, no room please).
The coming year has a lot of fun events in the works such as:
– Music every Sunday afternoon from April through September
– Six Summer Movie Nights, a Halloween movie, and a holiday movie
– A Spring Barrel Tasting, a Fall Harvest Party, and a Holiday Party
– Four Wine Club Releases (Feb, May, Aug, and Nov)
– Ten classes hosted here at the winery
– Special Wine Club events like our pruning and picking parties as well as the fall Harvest Party.
We’ve got some new wines coming as well. We’re looking forward to:
– Our 2015 Reserve Syrah
– The 2018 Picpoul blanc
– Our first single varietal Carignane
– The new 2016 Nocturne
– Finally, the 2015 Syrah Port
– Our first “sweet” wines, an off-dry Viognier and a slightly sweet red blend.
We’re looking forward to sharing all of this with you in 2020. To keep abreast of all the happenings, add your name to our mailing list (on the bottom of this page), or better yet stop by our Tasting Room and join our Wine Club. You’ll receive free tastings, free tickets to most events, and 20% off all wine, merchandise, and classes.
Stop by and experience the award-winning wines of La Vie Dansante Wines along with our sister brand, LVD Wine Company, in our picturesque vineyard setting every Thursday through Monday from noon to 5pm.
Our “Rustic Chic”, “Country Casual” Tasting Room is located at 3200 Dryden Ave, east of the Premium Outlet Malls on Hwy 101, just north of Gilroy. We have a $10 tasting fee per person for a flight of at least five wines which is refunded with the purchase of one bottle.
We are dog-friendly and children tolerant. There are small bites available for purchase in our Tasting Room and a beautiful grassy picnic area in which to enjoy them.
Check our Facebook page for last-minute changes and additions.
All events for the month of March have been cancelled due to the Shelter-In-Place order.
All events for the month of April have been cancelled due to the Shelter-In-Place order.