Located in Alexander Valley in the heart of Sonoma wine country, Jordan is a family-owned winery focusing on three Old World style wines made in the New World, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and sparkling wine. The winery has been producing popular and well-received wines since 1972 in their beautiful California wine château.
Wines From Jordan
Jordan concentrates on three types of wine, two varietals and a sparkling cuvée.
Jordan's philosophy in producing its Cabernet Sauvignon wines is to create wines made in the style of Old World Bordeaux red wines. The winery strives to make the wines food-friendly and elegant. Many of these wines are structured with tannins that allow them to age and soften. While the wines are made primarily with Cabernet Sauvignon in order to meet varietal labeling requirements, Jordan also blends in other Bordeaux grape varietals such as Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. The wine is moderately priced, releasing at around $60 per bottle. Critics tend to like this wine. Recent vintages have received ratings in the low-90 point range from Wine Enthusiast.
Chardonnay grows exceptionally well in Sonoma. Jordan produces its Chardonnays in a Burgundian wine style from grapes grown in the Russian River Valley. The wines are 100% Chardonnay grapes aged on the lees (sur lie) for five weeks. It is then aged 6 months in 100% new French oak. The result is a creamy white wine with notes of lemon and pears and a nice hint of vanilla. Cost at release is usually around $35 per bottle, and the wine has been well received by critics and consistently good. Recent vintages have received 90 to 92 point ratings from critics such as Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator.
Jordan Cuvée is a non-vintage Champagne made through a partnership between Jordan and the French Champagne producer AR Lenoble. Because the grapes are grown in Champagne, France, it is legally allowed to be called Champagne, but Jordan sells the sparkling wine exclusively at its winery in Sonoma County. It's made with a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Mineur grapes grown on AR Le Noble's Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards and aged for four years in oak barrels. It sells for around $40 per bottle, and you can expect apple and citrus flavors with toasty hints of brioche.
Visiting Jordan's Wine Château
Jordan Estate sits in the Alexander Valley in the heart of Sonoma County. It is a 1,200 acre wine estate filled with vineyards, olive trees, grazing pastures, and nature preserves. In the middle of this lush countryside, you'll find Jordan's wine château, which appears on the labels of bottles of Jordan wines. The château is designed to look like a French country manor similar to a Bordeaux wine château. The 58,000 square foot building completed construction in 1976, and it has been the home to Jordan's winemaking and hospitality efforts ever since. Along with wine tasting and food experiences, guests to the château can also stay in one of the three luxuriously appointed guest suites. The château is located near Healdsburg at 1474 Alexander Valley Road. All visits to the château and estate are by reservation only. Please note that while Jordan is people-friendly, it is not pet-friendly, so you can't bring your dogs with you to the winery.
Taste and Tour
Jordan offers five different unique wine tasting and tour experience, all by appointment only. Each of the experiences offer food and wine pairings. Due to the intimate and educational nature of the tasting experiences, Jordan has won awards as one of Sonoma's best winery experiences from San Francisco Magazine, Alaska Airlines' Celebrated Living Magazine, and others.
- The Library Wine Tasting is a seated tasting in the cellar room in which Jordan wines are paired with estate-made olive oil and chef prepared hors d'oeuvres. It costs $35 per person plus tax.
- The Winery Tour and Library Tasting includes a guided stroll through the château plus the Library tasting. Cost is $45 per person for the 1½ hour experience.
- The Estate Tour and Tasting is a 3-hour wine experience that includes a guided tour of the entire estate followed by a seated tasting with food and cheese pairings. It costs $125 per person.
- The Château Block Vineyard Tasting is a 1½ hour experience that includes an outdoor wine tasting and a guided walk up the hill to the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. It costs $75 per person.
Reservations are required at leat four-hours in advance and confirmed with a credit card. You can make a reservation on the winery website or call 800-654-1213.
Food and wine experiences are outlined above. Guests who are members of the Jordan Estate Rewards may also reserve a private four-course chef's luncheon. This formal luncheon also includes a winery tour. Casual patio lunches may also be available by reservation.
The retail lobby is open daily weekdays from 8 AM to 4:30 PM and weekends from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. Here, you can buy Jordan's wines along with specialty products such as estate-made olive oil, honey, and caviar. You can also purchase products from Jordan's online shop.
Jordan's château has three guest suites available for Jordan Estate Rewards members with reservations required. Members can also reserve a private dining experience during their stay.
Jordan Estate Rewards
Jordan Estate Rewards is the winery's loyalty program. Joining allows members to access food, lodging, tour, and tasting experiences not available to the public such as the formal seated luncheon, guest suites, and a private dinner experience. Joining the mailing list confers membership with 3,000 bonus points available for joining. Then, members earn 3 points per dollar spent, and as points accrue, you may be eligible for private experiences outlined above.
Jordan also holds public and members only events. These include holiday themed and seasonal events and other celebratory gatherings on the property.
Old World Experience in Sonoma County
Jordan winery provides its guest with supreme hospitality and beautiful surroundings. Because the winery pays homage to the great wine estates of Bordeaux, it offers an intimate and educational Old World style food and wine experience in Sonoma County.