History of Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Like many great ideas, Jordan Vineyard & Winery began with a passion. In the case of couple Sally and Tom Jordan, this was a passion not just for great wine, but also for delicious food and great hospitality.
This passion was inspired by the ethos of many European wineries, where the art of viticulture is one handed down through generations and where the most important events are family gatherings. They wanted to create a winery and chateau, where hospitality was not just a service offered - but a way of life.
In particular, Sally and Tom had long declared themselves ‘francophiles’ - in love with the French approach to life and, of course, wine. They dreamt of replicating the feel and taste of French wine country on American soil.
Their dream would begin to come to fruition in 1972, when a parcel of land was selected in beautiful Sonoma County. Enlisting the help of master vintners John Jordan and Rob Davis, they began their venture. The very first Jordan Winery & Vineyard wine was released in 1976.
Shortly thereafter, the Chateau - which served as guest accommodations - was completed. It also served as a base for Jordan Winery’s in-depth wine experiences; a unique offering at the time, when most wineries simply offered stand-up tasting rooms.
As predicted, Jordan Winery’s commitment to providing exceptional hospitality and exceptional wine proved fruitful. The fact that their Cabernet was named “the best Cabernet in America” in 1979 certainly didn’t hurt either!
Over time, the estate’s reputation only grew as one of the finest producers in Sonoma and the United States. Although they remained true to their values, the Jordan family was not afraid to try modern approaches and have always looked for ways to bring the winery to new heights.
In 2005, Jordan Winery ushered in a new era when Sally and Tom’s son, John, took the reins. While honoring the winery’s time-tested approach, he also brought fresh ideas including a commitment to environmental sustainability. One thing is for sure - Jordan Winery is in very safe hands.