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DANCIN is a love story

Romance and wine have gone hand in hand for centuries. It’s only fitting that the creation of DANCIN Vineyards has its roots in a love story. And the tale of Dan and Cindy has all the markings of a great love story. It’s chock full of passion, serendipity, and fated meetings. The story is best heard while sipping wine in the couple’s tasting room, maybe even from Dan himself. 

Suffice to say, inclement weather and a chance meeting twice on the same day brought the pair together. They were married three months later and have been DANCIN ever since. 

It was only a year after the couple met that they started to take a serious interest in the wine industry. They started enology and viticulture classes. Their first was on emerging varietals taught by Glenn McGourty, the Viticulture and Plant Science Advisor for Mendocino County. 

“We just became very interested in wine. We continued taking classes. We started looking at land. But nothing really seemed to work out. Until we discovered Oregon.”

That’s where the couple bought their first vineyard property and discovered their love of Pinot Noir. 

It was Dan’s dream to plant Italian varietals on his new vineyard. So, during one of his classes at UC Davis, he asked his instructor for advice on what would work in his area. He directed Dan to another teacher who happened to be teaching a class a mile and a half from their new vineyard site. The instructor’s recommendation? Pinot Nero! Dan was skeptical at first, but it turned out the man making the recommendation was none other than Glenn McGourty, Dan and Cindy’s first teacher some 12 years earlier! He pointed out that the area where DANCIN sits was similar to the Anderson Valley, where world class Pinot Noirs are produced. 

And the rest as they say, is history! As their vineyard expanded, Chardonnay was planted and soon thereafter, they discovered a great source for Barbera, Sangiovese and Zinfandel along with Syrah.

The tasting room was built with a focus on authentic hospitality and a great experience, just like the little tasting bar Dan visited with his family in Southern Italy nearly four decades earlier. It was a memorable experience and one Dan and Cindy would like you to enjoy here!

Our Team