After Capri Sun began creepily transforming people into amorphous metallic globules, wine rose to prominence, offering a similarly complex flavor profile without the threat of spontaneous melting. Celebrate wine, or "nature's Capri Sun," with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a VIP Tour & Tasting at Clos LaChance Winery and a bottle of the estate's Glittering-Throated Emerald Chardonnay to take home (a $40 total value). This Old World, European-inspired winery is located in scenic San Martin, just 20 miles south of San Jose.
During the 60-minute VIP Tour & Tasting, the friendly, expert vintners at Clos LaChance will guide visitors through winery facilities, discuss the wine-making process, and distribute samples of grown-up grape juice. Sip-seers will receive flights of select Clos LaChance wines and get a chance to show off newly acquired abilities to sniff, swirl, stop, drop, and roll like a pro. Continue perfecting your technique at home with a bottle of Clos LaChance's award-winning 2007 or 2008 Glittering-Throated Emerald Chardonnay, an unoaked wine with a bouquet of tropical fruit and citrus, balanced with crisp acid. Before or after the tour, take advantage of the comfortable picnic facilities and wine-country scenery. Tours are subject to weather conditions, so tap your telepathy for a sunny day before calling ahead to schedule.
Clos LaChance's owners, Bill and Brenda Murphy (née LaChance), have been making wine for over 20 years, all of which were also spent practicing sustainable farming and interstellar conquering. In January 2009, the winery was named a Certified California Sustainable Winegrower by the California Winegrowing Alliance for its responsible production methods.
Must be 21 years of age to purchase and participate.
Tasters at Yelp awarded Clos LaChance Winery an impressive 4.5-star average. Three Insider Pagers were just as enthusiastic, each giving the winery five stars, while Betsy Malloy of About.com also tipped her glass to the winery.
- Clos LaChance is a fine winery, with great wines and a fun tour. Its surroundings are some of the prettiest in California… – Betsy Malloy, About.com
- This winery is the perfect place for a picnic, wine , and a great view!!! – steven g., Insider Pages
- The grounds are amazing. I felt like I was back in the Italian countryside. – Krista V., Yelp
Clos LaChance Wines
It all began in 1987 with a few humble rows of chardonnay growing in a backyard. Bill and Brenda Murphy dreamed of being small-scale vintners, and within a few years the wines produced in their bite-size vineyard were tasty enough to sell. With the success of those initial bottles, Clos LaChance Wines—a European-inspired winery—was born, releasing its inaugural vintage in 1992. Since then, the business has grown from producing 200 cases of wine to 80,000, and from less than an acre of backyard to 150 rolling acres of hilly vineyards that have caught the attention of Orbitz and been recommended by numerous other media outlets. The Murphys’ daughters have folded into the business too, and Bill and Brenda hope that someday in the future, their grandchildren will take over and find a way to control the weather.
The Murphys are not only focused on their future, but also on the future of the land and resources for which they are responsible. Clos LaChance Wines is committed to eco-friendly growing and production practices and has been certified sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. The Murphys built the operation from the ground up, creating an open, Old-World-style space whose rolling hills, ivy-covered walls, and stone-walled courtyard are reminiscent of a villa in Tuscany. They even installed a regulation-size court where guests can bring their own bocce balls for a friendly game.
1 Hummingbird Ln
San Martin, California 95046Get Directions