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 October and fall is in the air… seriously, it was 50 degrees in the vineyard this morning. The weatherman says a couple more weeks of warm weather coming – please, please, please – which is good because the grapes need a little more time to reach peak deliciousness before picking.
The big news this month is that La Vie Dansante Wines (and LVD Wine Company) are finally on their own in the winery and tasting room. We wish TASS and Medeiros Family all the luck and success in the world but we’re kinda happy to have the place to ourselves. Remember back when you got your first house or apartment that you didn’t have to share with roommates? It’s a lot like that. It was fun having them around, but we’re looking forward to being able to leave our laundry on the floor – metaphorically, of course. We’ll fill you in on all of the details via an email in the next week or so (join the mailing list at the bottom of this page!)
Harvest has begun in earnest – at least for the other guys. Calerrain Wines is working here this year and has brought in Albarino, Chardonnay, and some Grenache for Rose. J Winston has landed a bunch of Pinot noir. Today we expect some Pinot noir for Sarah’s Vineyard. This has been a strange year for wineries in the south county and we’re committed to helping our winemaker friends by giving them a place to make their small-batch wines.
Our harvest should start later this week or early next week with Viognier and Grenache. We can’t wait!
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.
10/25 – Friday, 7:00 to 9:00 – Boutique Winemaking – How We Make Wine at La Vie Dansante Wines. Tickets are $40 each ($32 for Wine Club Members) and include a fun lecture, Q&A time, and two glasses of wine!
10/26 – Saturday, 8am to 2pm – Ancient Vine Carignane picking party and harvest barbeque. We’ll meet in the vineyard for coffee and donuts then pick the fruit for our amazing Carignane wine. Afterward it’s back to the winery to process the fruit and begin the fermentation process. Finally we’ll knock off work and enjoy a harvest tradition – a barbeque to celebrate a successful growing season. This event is limited to 24 attendees and you must be a Wine Club member to participate so join the club today to be part of the fun! Further information will be provided via email.
10/31 – Thursday, Halloween! – Join us in our tasting room for Scary (not really) Movie Night featuring the 80’s classic “The Lost Boys”. We’ll be showing a classic horror movie (TBD) from the ’80’s. You’ll never look at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk the same. There is no cost and wine will be available for purchase. We’ll provide the popcorn and Halloween candy. Nobody under 21, no pets, and no outside alcohol please. We will be warm and cozy in the Tasting Room.
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 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