May 27, 2020 | by Lisa Mattson
We finally have some good news to share: Jordan Vineyard & Winery will officially reopen for seated food and wine pairing experiences on Thursday, June 11. Last week, a new Sonoma County Health Order was issued, allowing wineries that serve food to begin welcoming guests again–but only if experiences can be hosted outdoors. The Jordan kitchen is gearing up now, and we will resume Vineyard Hikes and Chateau Block Vineyard Tastings on June 11, but we will now offer these Healdsburg winery experiences 4-5 days per week. A new Paris on the Terrace restaurant-style dining experience debuts on June 18 with two seatings five days a week, and seven Picnic Lunches and three outdoor dinners will be offered this summer. Reservations for daily experiences and Picnic Lunches open for booking June 1 at jordanwinery.com/visit or directly via Cellarpass. Tickets for themed dinners go on sale July 1 at 9 a.m. at jordanwinery.com/shop.
With a full-time culinary staff and many outdoor entertaining spaces, Jordan Winery, located just outside of Healdsburg in Alexander Valley, has been preparing to modify existing experiences since the COVID-19 shelter in place order began in California on March 17. The iconic Jordan Chateau is surrounded by terraces and lawns, shaded by oak, magnolia and sycamore trees, offering a picturesque setting with ample physical distancing. our winery terrace is being transformed into a Parisian brasserie with traditional bistro table seating. Beyond the golden chateau, nearly 1,200 acres of preserved open space, vineyards, olive orchards and lakes await hikers. Modifications to seating, food pairing presentation, guest arrivals, restrooms and other procedures have been made in compliance with COVID-19 safety and physical distancing guidelines.
We’ve used our closure time to reinvest in Jordan’s culinary hospitality program and facilities. Indoor communal tasting spaces, the Library and the Cellar Room, are closed for renovation. The Bacchus Courtyard has been redesigned, and landscape design projects are near completion at the Chateau Block Vineyard Tasting area. The garden surrounding Jordan’s recently remodeled guest house has also been refreshed, and the winery’s three guest suites will be renovated this winter.
Jordan’s Library Tasting and Winery Tour & Tasting are closed through September 7, and the Estate Tour & Tasting is being offered exclusively to private groups of eight people maximum from June through October. Guests should email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about pricing and availability. Curbside pickup service will continue by appointment via Cellarpass.
Here’s a look at all Jordan Winery food & wine pairing experiences available this summer.
Jordan Winery Food & Wine Pairing Experiences – Healdsburg, CA
May 23-June 7, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. $110 per person **
This by-appointment-only hiking adventure for two people is only offered on select days to a limited number of guests to ensure the proper level of social distancing. The guided journey starts in the courtyard of the Winery Chateau before starting the four-mile hike, which begins and ends at the winery and traverses hills and valleys with an elevation change of about 300 feet. The hiking adventure culminates on the winery terrace, where guests receive a picnic lunch and two bottles of wine to go, allowing them to continue the Jordan experience at home. (Replaced by Vineyard Hikes after June 7).
June 11-September 6, 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. $110 per person
This guided excursion begins in the Winery Chateau’s Bacchus Courtyard with protein snacks before starting the four-mile hike, which begins and ends at the winery and traverses hills and valleys with an elevation change of about 300 feet. Then descend into the olive orchards and make your way around the lake and cattle pasture to reach the chef’s garden and apiary. The three-hour experience culminates on the winery terrace for a charcuterie picnic with wine pairings at individual tables, featuring Jordan Chardonnay, Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, special selections by Journeyman Meat Co. and more. This outdoor adventure will be hosted Thursday through Sunday from June 11 through September 6 with a maximum of 10 people per hike to maintain proper social distancing.
Chateau Block Vineyard Tasting
June 11-October 31, 10:30 a.m. $75 per person
In 2018, Jordan Winery planted 9,352 cabernet sauvignon grapevines across from its chateau for the first time in its history. Now, guests can enjoy this vineyard up-close with a glass in hand as part of Jordan’s Chateau Block Vineyard Tasting experience. This guided 90-minute tasting includes Jordan Chardonnay and three vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon paired with house-marinated olives, nuts and charcuterie from Journeyman Meat Co., presented on individual boards for each party. This seasonal wine and food pairing will be hosted Thursday through Monday from June 11 through October 31 with limited seating at individual tables to ensure proper social distancing. Find more information and make a reservation on our website.
Paris on the Terrace
June 18-September 7, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $110 per person
Travel to France without leaving California with a new outdoor food and wine pairing experience at Jordan. Under the shade of oak trees, guests relax at individual bistro tables on the terrace with the Jordan Winery Chateau as a backdrop. Jordan’s executive chef has created a Parisian brasserie-inspired menu with a California twist, including a crudité from Jordan’s garden, house-marinated olives, cornichons, homemade spiced nuts, a Jordan Garden salad, a charcuterie platter, and an artisanal cheese plate with Jordan Estate Honey and mostarda. Wine pairings include the Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble, 2018 Jordan Chardonnay, 2016 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and a special library vintage of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the 2019 Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This French bistro-style lunch experience will be hosted two times per day, Thursday through Monday, with limited seating at individual tables to ensure proper social distancing. Find more information and make a reservation on our website.
June 26 & 27; July 18, 24 & 25; August 29 & 30; 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. $95 per person
A picnic experience where all of the details are handled for visitors. Guests are welcomed with the Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble and a picnic basket filled with a selection of Journeyman Meat Co. salumi and artisanal cheeses, before selecting a secluded spot on Jordan’s sweeping lawns. The butler’s party is stocked with an array of homemade provisions for guests to choose from, such as pork rillettes, salmon rillettes, jarred vegetable salads, citrus-marinated olives and desserts. Each party of two receives a bottle of chilled Jordan Chardonnay, and tastes of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon are also offered in a shady alcove. Picnic blankets will be spaced more than six feet apart with several shaded areas available. Staggered arrival times of six guests per time slot will also ensure ample space between parties.
Even though our formal dinners in the dining room have been postponed, there are still opportunities to enjoy a restaurant-style dinner at Jordan Winery in Healdsburg this summer. In July, we’ll host a new Paris on the Terrace Pizza Night on Friday, July 17, and Friday, July 31, with each party seated at bistro tables surrounding Jordan’s Mugnaini wood-fired oven. Our annual Bounty of Sonoma County dinner will be hosted on August 15 with changes to seating for social distancing, including individual tables for each party/household. Tickets for summer dinners go on sale July 1. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to receive announcements about tickets.
All guest experiences will be hosted in compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, the Sonoma County Orders of the Health Officer and the Sonoma County Health Department. Learn more about Jordan Winery’s safety procedures and protocols.