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.
Our wines are truly hand-crafted – if you find a fingerprint on the bottle it likely belongs to the winemaker! We offer wine tasting on Monday, Thursday, and Friday as well as the weekends from noon to 5pm.
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.
It’s now officially November and we’re still deep in harvest. Honestly, we knew this would happen based on how late we started but it’s starting to wear on us. It’s funny, at the beginning of the season it’s hard to watch the social media feeds of other wineries because they’re all touting their first day’s on the crush pad and we’re still weeks away. Now, at the end of the season, the opposite is happening. Everybody is celebrating the end of the season and we’re still awaiting fruit this coming Tuesday (Picpoul blanc and Charbono). Our best guess is that this coming week will bring the last of the year’s fruit. We’ll finish fermentation around the 20th, and be barreled down just in time for Thanksgiving. We’re planning to celebrate the holiday hard with lots of food, football, and naps.
“Who knows, it’s just farming” is our pat answer when people ask us questions about the quality of the current season. Early this year I sounded like the voice of doom – “it’s too cool”, “we’re too far behind”, etc but I was concerned about the quality and quantity of the fruit we could expect in a very strange year (late rains, no heat, really warm fall). Well, “who knows, it’s just farming” turned out to apply once again. It was looking pretty scary in September but 80° temperatures all through October brought most of the fruit to perfect ripeness after all. It’s going to be a fairly good vintage – not as good as 2016, but not as bad as 2015 was for us. Some of the fruit didn’t make it. Mourvedre, a notoriously late ripener, never got there (unless you like 9% alcohol Rose’s), and our Picpoul blanc is a little on the light side. Rule number one… to quote “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, “Don’t Panic”. It all worked out fine.
Speaking of working our just fine, our first month alone in the Tasting Room did just that. Our traffic was – predictably – a little lighter, but sales were good and much fun was had. With your help, we hope to continue our roll and have a fantastic fall and holiday season. Stop by, try all of the new wines – Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon – and reacquaint yourself with our award-winning Rhone varietals. We’re looking forward to seeing you.
Stop by and experience the award-winning wines of La Vie Dansante 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.
11/22 – Friday, 7pm to 9pm – Candlemaking Class – Just in time for the holidays! Join us in our Tasting Room as we learn how to make our popular wine bottle candles. Tickets are $45 each ($36 for wine club members) in our online webstore and includes instruction, a candle of your own to take home, and two glasses of wine! Price includes sales tax.
11/29 – Friday, noon to 5pm. We’ll be open our normal hours for “Black Friday”. Stop by after shopping and enjoy our award-winning wines and stock up for your holiday entertaining and gift-giving. We’ll have special “once-a-year” pricing on wines and merchandise.
11/29 – Friday, 7pm to 9pm. Holiday Movie Night! Come for Black Friday and stay for a movie. Join us for the antics of Chevy Chase, Beverly DeAngelo, and Randy Quaid in the holiday classic “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. No cost to attend, wine will be available for purchase. Nobody under 21, no pets, and no outside alcohol please. We will be warm and cozy in the Tasting Room.
12/07 – Saturday, 6pm to 9pm – La Vie Dansante Winter Wine Club releaes. Watch for more details as we get closer to the event.
12/20 – La Vie Dansante’s Fourth Annual Holiday Party