About

Dana Volk, Owner and Winemaker of Dana V. Wines

Dana Volk, Owner and Winemaker of Dana V. Wines

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!

Learn more about Dana in blog posts by The Wine Write and The San Diego Food Girl!

 

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.

Food & Drink Section of Santa Barbara Independent, Feb. 7 2019 issue

Food & Drink Section of Santa Barbara Independent, Feb. 7 2019 issue

 

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.

Dana V. Wines’ 2018 Curtis Vineyard Chardonnay won a Gold medal and Best in Class for un-Oaked Chardonnay in the 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition.

Dana V. Wines’ 2018 Curtis Vineyard Chardonnay won a Gold medal and Best in Class for un-Oaked Chardonnay in the 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition.

2018 Sauvignon Blanc won a Gold medal in the 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition.

2018 Sauvignon Blanc won a Gold medal in the 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition.

Dana V. Wines’ Silver Medal Winning Wines, 2018

Dana V. Wines’ Silver Medal Winning Wines, 2018

 

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.