A TASTE OF FRANCE winery chateau

The iconic chateau illustrated on every bottle of Jordan wine is the soul of Jordan Vineyard & Winery. The chateau houses winemaking facilities, kitchen, dining room, guest suites, tasting library, wine cellars and offices under one crowning roof.

In 1974, Tom and Sally Jordan turned their attention from winegrowing to building a magnificent winery near Healdsburg—a chateau that would combine food, wine and hospitality in such a way that visitors would feel as if they had traveled to France without leaving California.

Armed with French architecture books and vivid memories from trips to the best wineries in Bordeaux, they secured the services of San Francisco architect Bob Arrigoni to realize their vision. The collaboration resulted in a blueprint for a 58,000-square-foot French-inspired chateau devoted equally to winemaking and hospitality. They broke ground in 1975, and miraculously, the production wing of the winery—including 12 towering 6,000-gallon oak casks—was finished one week before the first harvest of Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in 1976.

Within three years, construction was complete. The dining room overlooked the oak cask room, a kitchen abutted the cellars and guest suite doors opened to the barrel room. The thoughtful design integrating hospitality and production captured France's old-world elegance in every detail, making national headlines.

Apart from a small addition to the kitchen, the unique chateau's original footprint has remained untouched, a testament to the Jordans' foresight. Guests can explore the Winery Chateau through our Winery Tour & Library Tasting, which features wine tasting with food pairings.

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