One of our challenges as event planners is creating tours and outings during Winter that are just as fun as the Summertime tours – luckily, our local wine regions have lots of great options for rainy day and cold weather wine tours! One of our favorites is a Gilroy tour, with a focus on Clos LaChance in the tiny town of San Martin (between Morgan Hill and Gilroy).
Clos LaChance is a beautiful winery, in a picturesque setting of rolling green hills, acres of vineyards and landscaped grounds, all sitting on a piece of the expansive Cordevalle Golf Resort Property. Because of the setting and the large facility with many options for groups, Clos LaChance is really the anchor winery of the Uvas Valley region, and has a lot to offer for indoor-focused visits. We visit them year-round!
Begin the visit to Clos with a tasting – either in the main Tasting Room, or inside the Grand Salon – a beautiful dining & event room with high ceilings, a big fireplace, and French doors going out to the terrace so you can still enjoy those emerald green views, even while you’re nice and cozy inside.
To enhance a Winter outing, visits to Clos LaChance should be planned with an indoor tour of the winery in addition to the winetasting. Your fun & knowledgeable winery host takes you on a guided tour of their state-of-the-art facility, which is certified for green water management practices. We love that the tours can be tailored to the interests of the group. You’ll see the mobile bottling line and the indoor production area, and the tour finishes with a special treat – a barrel sampling inside their gigantic barrel room. Then walk the secret passageway back upstairs to the Grand Salon where lunch by the fireplace will be ready and waiting, prepared by Chef Lou. All of this takes place indoors, without ever having to step out until it’s time to get back on the coach and drive to the next winery!
We finish this tour with visits to one or two more local wineries, where you can add a cheese tasting, a guided tasting, or some time to play bocce ball – as long as it’s not raining, bocce ball is available!
Wintertime Wine Tours are available in Gilroy, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Livermore and Napa/Sonoma, and we’d love to take you…Here!