Sonoma's Jordan Winery Reopens with Restaurant-Style Lunch, Hikes & Picnics

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Imagine, picnicing on the lawn while sipping gorgeous chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon paired with fresh cheese, baguettes and salumi. Ahhh, as if to dream. And yes. all, while following COVID-19 safety guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, the Sonoma County Orders of the Health Officer and the Sonoma County Health Department. Well, we have exciting news to report, in the California's North Bay wine country. The iconic and picturesque Jordan Winery, announces its plans to repoen its doors to visitors, for seated food and wine pairing experiences. On Thursday, June 11, following the May 23 Sonoma County Health Order, allowing wineries, that serve food, to offer outdoor service only, the French-inspired Healdsburg winery will resume Vineyard Hikes and Chateau Block Vineyard Tastings, but will now offer these experiences four and five days a week, respectively.



Founded in 1972, inspired by the wonderful estates of France and the timeless connection between food and wine and superior seervice. “Jordan is all about hospitality,” said John Jordan, CEO of Jordan Vineyard & Winery. “Because we are in the business of bringing people pleasure, I cannot imagine anything more rewarding than providing visitors with safe, outdoor experiences—and a taste of France in Wine Country—after months of being cooped up inside.”


Jordan Vineyard & Winery was inspired by the great wine estates of France and the timeless connection between food, wine and hospitality. Under the guidance of second-generation vintner John Jordan, Jordan Estate is an extension of these traditions, with its iconic chateau, breathtaking views, sustainably farmed vineyards, natural habitat for wildlife and gardens for the chef’s inventive cuisine, offering a distinctive sense of place in Sonoma County wine country. 


With its full-time culinary staff and myriad outdoor entertaining spaces, Jordan Winery 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. The 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.


The fabulous wine and tasting experiences include:

Nature Hikes, May 23-June 7, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. $110 per person ** **All Nature Hikes are sold out except Friday, May 29, and Friday, June 5.

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.)



Vineyard Hikes, 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.



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. 

Offered Thursday through Monday, with limited seating at individual tables to ensure proper social distancing.



Picnic Day at Jordan, 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.



A new Paris on the Terrace Pizza Night will be hosted on Friday, July 17, and Friday, July 31, with each party seated at bistro tables surrounding Jordan’s wood-fired oven. The 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. Book a Parisian dining experience here.



So, who wants to join me and be my plus one?


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