Raised in the Santa Ynez Valley during the beginning of the wine industry there, Dana graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1996 with a degree in nutrition and food science. She then started her career in winemaking by interning at nearby Edna Valley Vineyard. A passion for travel and adventure led her to an opportunity to work in Argentina for a year where she helped to establish the Tapiz Winery. Next, Carmenet Winery in the mountains of Sonoma beckoned which eventually led her to Kendall-Jackson Winery in Santa Rosa where she worked for several years in various production roles while earning her MBA.
Then life happened — marriage, children, a move to Hong Kong where she traveled throughout Asia doing charity work. In 2011 life came full circle and she returned to her hometown of Santa Ynez Valley and became the assistant winemaker at Bridlewood Winery and later Byron Winery. Yet as a mother of two young children, it proved difficult to work “normal” hours and commute to work. Thus the inspiration for Dana V. Wines was born with her first ton of Pinot Noir grapes purchased from Duvarita Vineyard. The rest is recent history!
Recent Awards and Publications
Santa Barbara Independent
Check us out in the Santa Barbara Independent: February 7, 2019 issue! Read more about us and other Garagistes in the Food and Drink section.
central coast wine competition
This year, Dana V. Wines has done it again! In the 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition, Dana V. Wines’ 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Barbara County) has won a Gold medal, as well as Dana V. Wines’ Curtis Vineyard Chardonnay, which has won a Gold medal and a Best in Class medal for un-Oaked Chardonnay.
Dana V. Wines also won Silver and Bronze medals in the 2018 Central Coast Wine Competition, held in Paso Robles, CA. Dana V. Wines won Silver medals for the following wines: Curtis Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Grenache Rosé, Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir, and the Hampton Family Vineyard Syrah. Dana V. Wines’ Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir also won the Bronze medal.
Santa Barbara Magazine
You’ll enjoy our beachy tasting room where you can sip wine inside or outside on the patio, as mentioned in the Fall 2018 issue of Santa Barbara Magazine. We are also a family friendly tasting room as seen in their Special July 31st issue.