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 – As of Sunday, July 13th
WE ARE OPEN! The Governor’s Office has signed Santa Clara County’s Variance Request which allows wineries to re-open for outdoor tasting. We don’t know how long it will last but while it does we’ll be open our “Normal” hours of Thursday through Monday from noon to 5 pm.
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.
We also offer curbside pickup at the winery. Place an order online, by phone, or by email and pickup your wine that day. We recommend calling ahead to ensure we have your order ready and we’re not out wandering in the vineyards.
Order wine online, by email, of by calling 408-826-2712.
While it would be a huge stretch to say “things are back to normal” around here, we’ve made some progress. The Tasting Room is open and we’re accepting guests for outdoor tasting. No reservation is necessary but you’ll need to leave the pets and kids at home on the weekends and all tasting is by flights served outside. You might want to consider bringing a lawn chair to help with distancing.
Sunday the 2nd we’re bringing music back to the winery with Rod Sphere playing under the oak tree from 1 pm to 4 pm. Later this month we’re planning to bring back our movie nights. Our best guess is the last Friday in August, the 28th at about 8 pm. We’ll announce the movie in a week or so.
We’ve finally received our wine bottle at huge expense all the way from China. It was a full truckload – which we’ve never done before – and should allow us to catch up on bottling, including some of the “special wines like the Mourvedre and Carignane. We’ll be putting 1000 cases of delicious goodness together over the next month, just in time for harvest.
The grapes are looking pretty good. They’re still a little more green than I’d expect at this point in the season but it’s been a cool year (again) so we’re behind by about three weeks. It’s too early to panic so we’ll just bide our time and let nature take it’s course.
We’re running out of things to do around here. There’s still a bunch of bottling that has to happen in the next couple of months but the glass isn’t here yet so that’s on hold. We’re working on the blends for the 2017 wines and labels for the 2017 reds. All of the vineyards are looking great although I think they might be a couple of weeks behind due to the cooler than normal weather. Soon we’ll need to decide if we need to drop fruit to allow the remainder to properly ripen.
The Tasting Room and grounds are ready – except for a deep cleaning – to open on a days notice. We’ve got all of our signs, extra glasses, masks, cleaners, sanitizer – we’re ready to go!
I think the next focus for us is to complete our Marketing Plan for the remainder of the year. Due to the current situation the plan is moving away from wine walks, offsite pouring, and restaurants to an almost 100% digital plan. Lots of trivia, recipes, photos, the new blog – anything to get our name out in front of the public.
As I write this on May 31st Governor Newsom is talking about moving forward into Phase 3 of the re-opening of California and allowing movie theaters to open. That sounds promising except that the state considers wineries to be the same as bars – which they’ve already said will be the last, along with mass sporting events to reopen. Of course we’re sitting in Santa Clara County, one of the two hardest hit parts of the state and therefore likely to be later in opening. We should hear more this week but we’re really hoping to open in some capacity on Saturday, June 13th from noon to 5 pm.
Which means we can have a Wine Club Release “Party” on Saturday June 20th! We have no idea what we mean by “party” because we don’t know what rules we’ll have to be running under. There will – somehow – be food, music, and new wines.
Remember the old joke “Other than that, Mrs Lincoln, how did you like the play?” Well, other than being closed, we’re having a great year. With little else to do, the vineyards are in great shape. We had a little scare this week when we had a windstorm and rain right at the end of flowering but we checked the vineyards this morning and we think we got lucky. The Cabernet might have a little damage but it looks like we dodged a huge bullet.
We’re pretty much all caught up in the winery itself. There’s a bunch of bottling to do but the glass and corks won’t be here for a couple of weeks. Right now we’re struggling to create all of the extra posters and such required to re-open the tasting room – “wash your hands”, “keep your distance”, “do the five”, “stay out if you’re sick” – lots of new art for the walls!
During the COVID-19 crisis we are serving wine outdoors in our beautiful picnic area surrounded by vineyards, fields, and orchards. We require masks and will be enforcing social distancing. No parties of greater than six people, no pets or children under 16 on the weekends.
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 five wines which is refunded with the purchase of one bottle.
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 winery events for the month of July have been cancelled.
08/01 – Saturday, noon to 5 pm – WSCV Trail Pass Day. Snacks, music, and special wines to celebrate our part in the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley’s historic wine trail.
08/02 – Sunday, 2 pm to 5 pm – Fall Music Series. Band to be announced soon.
08/08 – Saturday, 6pm to 9pm – LVD Fall Wine Club Release. Food, Music and Wine. Wine Club members only, no charge – members may bring guests.
08/09 – Sunday, 2 pm to 5 pm – Fall Music Series featuring “Serenade”.
08/16 – Sunday, 2 pm to 5 pm – Fall Music Series. Band to be announced soon.
08/21 – Friday, curtain at 7:45 pm – Summer Movie Night featuring “Be Cool”. Join us early and bring a picnic. We’ll have wine for purchase by the bottle or glass. No charge, no guests under 21 or pets please.
08/23 – Sunday, 2 pm to 5 pm – Fall Music Series. Band to be announced soon.
08/28 – Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm – Wine Symposia, “Syrah Around the World”. Join us in our Tasting Room for an evening of wine and education. $40 per person, Wine Club discounts apply. Space is limited.
08/30 – Sunday, 2 pm to 5 pm – Fall Music Series featuring Chris Fortuna.
09/06 – Sunday, 2 pm to 5 pm – Fall Music Series featuring “Lost Coast Duo”.
09/07 – Monday, noon to 5 pm – Labor Day. We’ll be open our normal hours and have complimentary Sausage Sandwiches for our guests.
09/13 – Sunday, 2 pm to 5 pm – Fall Music Series featuring Marcus P Miller.
09/18 – Friday, curtain at 7:15 pm – Summer Movie Night featuring “Hitch”. Join us early and bring a picnic. We’ll have wine for purchase by the bottle or glass. No charge, no guests under 21 or pets please.
09/20 – Sunday, 2 pm to 5 pm – Fall Music Series. Band to be announced soon.
09/25 – Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm – Wine Symposia, “Old World vs New World, a Contrast in Styles”. Join us in our Tasting Room for an evening of wine and education. $40 per person, Wine Club discounts apply. Space is limited.
09/27 – Sunday, 2 pm to 5 pm – Fall Music Series. Band to be announced soon.