21 and Over
Can I bring my children to the winery?
As of September 1, 2015, the entire Clos LaChance facility is 21 and over. Children are not allowed at Clos LaChance during tasting room hours and at public events. The only time children are allowed on property is during a private event when the facility has been rented out in its entirety.
I brought my kids last time to the winery? Why can’t I bring them now?
Clos LaChance made the change to its policy as of September 1, 2015 for several reasons:
First and foremost, the core business of Clos LaChance is the production and selling of wine. As our facility has grown and the tasting room has become busier, we want to ensure all our guests have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy our products–wine. Creating the appropriate environment for all our guests is very important to us.
Secondly, while Clos LaChance is a hospitality facility, we are also a production company. A factory so to speak. It is an unsafe environment for children to be in. We have had several close calls with unsupervised children found in unauthorized, potentially dangerous areas. The decision to go 21-and over was made to ensure an incident does not happen.
Do the winery owners dislike children?
Clos LaChance is a family-owned and operated business. Owner’s Bill and Brenda Murphy are the proud grandparents of four children. They love them dearly, so much that they have named several wines after them and other children of our staff members (Lila’s Cuvee, JoLi Meritage, Hadley’s Cuvee and the soon to be released Jax and Rye ™Blend). They do not dislike children. The entire family and the staff feel that children are safer and happier elsewhere.
We were married at Clos LaChance. It was such a perfect and spectacular day. Can we bring our children to the winery to see the most beautiful place in the world to have a wedding?
Everyone at Clos LaChance holds a special place in their hearts for our brides and grooms. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for a private tour during off-hours for your family.
My child is eighteen and our designated driver. Can he/she hang out while we are tasting?
At Clos LaChance, alcohol is being served and imbibed. It is our core business. For safety reasons and due to the nature of our business, we have made the decision to allow only those 21 and over at the winery. There is a Starbucks only a couple miles away (free wi-fi!) as well as a number of other local establishments. Your DD can drop you off and then pick you up after tasting. Bravo to you for having a designated driver!
I am a super happy and totally satisfied Wine Club Member. I am coming to the winery to pick up my Wine Club shipment and buy an extra ten cases of wine for the fabulous party I am having next week. Do I have to leave my kid in the car?
If you are coming to pick up a Wine Club shipment or to buy wine to take home, you most definitely do not have to leave your child in the car. Your child may accompany you into the tasting room to pick up or purchase wine. However, we will not be able to provide you with your complimentary tasting at that time. But because our Club Members receive complimentary tasting as part of their membership, feel free to come back anytime without the kids.
Visiting the Tasting Room
What are your visiting hours?
The winery is open from 11:00am to 4:30pm on most days of the year. The last tasting is held at 4:00. Wines by the bottle and by the glass are available for purchase until 4:30pm. The property closes at 5:00pm. On occasion the winery is rented out for a private event. Please click here to review an early Tasting Room closings. We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and 4th of July.
How much is a wine tasting?
There are two options available, a $5 and $10 flight. Each option includes a selection of 5 Clos LaChance wines. Interested in having 4 people taste free every time you visit? Join the Wine Club! Click here for more information.
Do I need to make a reservation?
Reservations are required for groups of 8 or more. If you would like to make a reservation for a private tasting with a smaller group, we would love that and will treat you extra special.
Can I bring a group to the Tasting Room?
Groups are welcome in the Tasting Room, however a group of 8 or more requires an advance reservation. The cost is $20 per person. $10 of that is a credit towards the purchase of wine.
Why does it cost $20 per person for a group of 8 or more when the regular tasting charge is only $10 per person?
At Clos LaChance, we want to make sure the tasting experience is a highly positive event for everyone involved. Groups of 8 or more require their own private Tasting Room Associate, extra glassware and private seating. Trust us, it’s worth it. Sitting down in a quiet, relaxed environment with your own personal wine concierge is a much better experience than trying to cram a large group of people at a crowded tasting bar. Oh, and $10 of the $20 is refunded with any wine purchase. So if you buy just a bottle of wine, the cost of the tasting is exactly the same. But the experience is that much better.
Is there parking at the winery?
Yes, the winery has a number of parking spaces located at the top of the hill towards the public entrance of the building. If those spots are full, guests are welcome to park on the left hand side of the road only. Please follow signage.
Can I bring my own food and beverages to the winery?
Guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages during Tasting Room hours. No outside alcohol is allowed on site, including previously purchased Clos LaChance Wines. The winery reserves the right to confiscate outside alcohol if it is being consumed anywhere on the property.
Does the winery offer tours during the week and/or on the weekends?
Clos LaChance offers tours at 11:00am and 1:00pm with an advance reservation. Please call the office to check availability or to schedule, 408.686.1050.
Does the winery sell food?
Clos LaChance has a selection of crackers, cheeses and meats available for purchase from the Tasting Room bar. Other items are available on a seasonal basis (chocolates, nuts etc.).
Public Events (Live Music, Dinners, Movies, etc.)
Is there a schedule for your concerts and other public events?
Is there parking?
Yes, the winery has a number of parking spaces located at the top of the hill towards the public entrance of the building. If those are full, guests are welcome to park on the left hand side of the road only. Please follow signage. For special events, keep an eye out for parking assistance and shuttles from Hummingbird Lane. Shuttle stops are marked by a flag.
Can I bring my own food and beverages?
For public events, you may bring your own food. We sell meats, cheeses, crackers etc. During special events, the winery will often have a food vendor on site with a menu of other items. In terms of beverages, factory sealed water bottles are allowed. No outside alcohol is permitted, including previously purchased Clos LaChance wines. At larger events, security will often do cooler checks, so be prepared.
Why are there cooler checks?
For the safety of all our guests, larger events require increased security. Once a guest is on our property, it is our responsibility to manage their well-being. Winery staff needs to ensure that unauthorized alcohol is not brought on to the property and consumed irresponsibly.
Can I rent the facility for a private event?
Clos LaChance is host to many weddings, private parties and corporate events. Please contact Kristin@clos.com for more details. Note, the Tasting Room is open to the public on the weekdays and weekends, restricting our availability for hosting daytime events including baby showers, bridal showers or brunches.
Can we arrive via a limo, Shuttle or Van?
All large vehicles transporting a group to Clos LaChance need to arrive before 3:00pm. Vehicles of this nature will not be permitted beyond this time.
Can we play Bocce Ball?
The Bocce Ball Court is available on first-come-first serve. If there is a waiting list, guests will be asked to follow the 1-hour time limit on the court. Guests can bring their own Bocce balls, or use Clos LaChance’s equipment. Visit the Tasting Room and speak with a Tasting Room Associate about Bocce availability. Use of the Bocce Ball Court and equipment is free with any wine purchase.
What should I wear?
During the summer months, the winery is quite warm during the day, but can become cooler in the evening with ocean breezes and light winds (it’s why this area is such a great place for growing high quality grapes: hot days, cool evenings!). Layers are suggested. Many music events take place on the grass lawn, so high heels are not recommended.
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Is your facility wheelchair accessible?
The Tasting Room and Hospitality facilities are wheelchair accessible.
What is your pet policy?
Dogs on leashes are allowed in the front Garden Patio area of the winery only during normal Tasting Room Hours. The Tasting Room Associates are happy to conduct tastings in the courtyard for owners and their well-behaved dogs. Dogs are not allowed anywhere else on property, including the Tasting Room, the Grand Terrace, the Grand Lawn, the Mulberry Grove or in the vineyards. Pets are not allowed at the winery during public events.