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Fit for Royalty in Healdsburg

Renowned Jordan Vineyard and Winery unveils a reimagined dining room that evokes the regal château lifestyle.

Seat of Luxury: As part of the extensive renovation, existing chairs were embroidered by an internationally renowned textile artist.

Photos by Jose Manuel Alorda

Tucked among the undulating hills of the pastoral Alexander Valley, Jordan Vineyard and Winery beckons with its French countryside–inspired estate and award-​winning vintages, serving as a posh and peaceful retreat for oenophiles that’s unlike any other wine destination in Sonoma County.

The palatial château is perched atop a winding driveway, waiting to transport visitors to another place and time. Indeed, guests might feel like nobility upon arriving at the winery, with its yellow facade accented by lush ivy, rows of sustainably farmed vines, impeccably manicured greenery, and craggy oak trees stretching their boughs across the European-style courtyard.

Even more beauty awaits indoors. Whether you’re upstairs admiring the views from the grand library, venturing down into the intimate cellar room, or mean­dering by the towering wine tanks, you’ll discover plenty of history and grandeur—both inside and outside of the glass. Jordan has been crafting Bordeaux-style cabernet sauvignon since 1976 and chardonnay since 1972, establishing a legacy with its world-class wines and unique tasting experiences that highlight the connection between food, wine, and hospitality.

To enhance its offerings, the winery recently unveiled a newly renovated dining room conceived by the acclaimed interior designer Geoffrey De Sousa, who incorporated elements of 18th-century French style as an homage to the estate’s heritage while suffusing the space with a contem­porary look. The room shows reverence for nature by reflecting the surrounding countryside. Intricately embroidered high-backed chairs mimic the moss-covered rocks found throughout the estate; elegant wallpaper displays an ethereal, forest-like pattern evoking the nearby woodlands; and drapes adorned in gold leaf mirror the color of the summer hills.

A Vision in White: Artist Stephen  Antonson’s plaster bust of Apollo with a pie in his face adds a playful note to the ornate space.

The region’s natural splendor is also highlighted on every plate. Executive chef Todd Knoll draws inspiration from Jordan’s 1,200-acre property, where the land largely remains as it did when the native Pomo and Wappo tribes hunted and gathered there. Visitors can sample the local bounty during the Estate Tour and Tasting or the Winery Tour and Library Tasting, both of which feature estate-​crafted olive oils, artisanal cheeses, and delicate hors d’oeuvres paired with Jordan wines.

These experiences are available to anyone who makes a reservation, but those who want access to exclusive offerings and special culinary events should join the winery’s loyalty program. Jordan Estate Rewards members accrue points based on the amount of money they spend at the winery, gaining the ability to book next-level adventures—such as private food-and-wine pairings in the refreshed dining room, where guests can savor an innovative, multicourse meal starring such seasonal ingredients as mushrooms foraged in the forest, herbs plucked from the on-site garden, and organic produce grown on the sprawling property. (Rack up enough points, and you can stay overnight in one of the château’s sumptuous suites.) Each experience is a lesson in French luxury, so if you want to revel in the high life, look no further than Jordan. jordanwinery.com


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