Thank you for supporting local small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). As a hospitality-centric winery, our top priority is to ensure that our guests feel safe and enjoy a relaxing time at our estate. We are only available by appointment for an array of outdoor experiences including vineyard hikes, Chateau Block vineyard tastings, picnic lunches, themed dinners and the New Paris Lunch on the Terrace. The nights in our wine suites resume on July 1st. We continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety and health of our customers, employees and the community.
Social distancing and face coverage guidelines
Using Sonoma County Guidelines health orders, we have developed the above graphic on our commitment to safety and warm hospitality. We ask all winery customers to join us in a commitment of safety and kindness as we navigate this new world of hospitality together. Please promise to do the following:
- If you are ill or start showing symptoms of illness, please help us keep all guests safe by allowing us to postpone your visit or provide you with a full refund. The guests exhibiting coronavirus symptoms will be asked to return home and issued a full refund.
- Cancel or reschedule your reservation if you've recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus or is suspected of having coronavirus.
- Wear a face mask at all times. Blankets should be worn outside when you cannot stay six feet from others, and blankets should be worn indoors at all times for all guests entering our lobby to purchase wine. All overnight guests who use Jordan's free transportation to and from the city must wear face masks inside the vehicle at all times. If anyone forgets a face mask, a mask will be provided, but refusal to wear a face mask in these situations will result in guests being refused entry to the property or boarding the company vehicle.
- Maintain a minimum distance of six feet from people who are not part of your household.
- Use hand sanitizer as often as needed (hand sanitizer stations will be located at the entrance, experiment, washroom, and exit).
- Bring your own refillable water bottle for vineyard hikes.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, sanitize your hands afterward, and wrap your tissue for disposal at home.
- Have fun and be nice.
As we promised you, here are the employee procedures in place to keep our customers and staff safe:
- Health and security. All employees have completed COVID-19 health and safety training to ensure procedures are followed. Employees should do a health check every morning before arriving at work and follow the General guidelines from the Center for Disease Control to wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizers, maintain social distances, cover your face when surrounded by other people and inside the cellar, and cough / sneeze into an elbow or tissue. Jordan has always had a policy prohibiting sick employees from coming to work. No employee is allowed to come to work if he begins to feel ill or shows symptoms of illness.
- Sanitation guidelines. Our culinary and housekeeping services have long been recognized by the Sonoma County Department of Health for their high standards of hygiene in catering and hospitality. Strict cleaning procedures were implemented before, during and after customer experiences. The designated toilets are cleaned hourly by our staff. Additional hand sanitizer stations have also been placed throughout the cellar, as well as at entrances, exits and customer experience locations.
- Face cover. Per Sonoma County Health Orders, face masks / covers are required by anyone entering the basement or those who cannot maintain a distance of six feet from others. We have also provided our staff with face masks and require them to use them for their protection and that of colleagues and guests.. You will need to bring and wear your own masks. Disposable masks will be available for those who forget to bring their masks.
- Social distancing. Guest experiences have been modified to allow Hosts to maintain appropriate physical distance where possible. Other employees have been trained and educated to maintain social distancing, and our break rooms and offices have been reconfigured to allow social distancing from other employees who do not interact with customers.
- Food service. Jordanian culinary staff follow the safety and health guidelines of the Sonoma County Department of Health, like always. All staff are ServSafe Food Protection certified. In addition to the above, our culinary staff has put in place additional procedures for handling, serving and storing food, as well as disinfecting tools and surfaces.
We will continue to do all we can to keep our customers and employees safe. Review a complete list of all security measures taken to protect everyone, request a copy Jordan Winery reopening guidelines and procedures.
We would recommend either Wineworks Premium or Wineworks Superior as your first 30 Bottle Kit Wine. Both of these ranges are designed to produce a good quality wine that is ready to drink within 2-4 weeks but will benefit if left up to 6-8 weeks. Furthermore, they also have a great selection of wines to choose from.
If you’ve never made wine before or you simply don’t have any of the equipment or ingredients any longer then you could purchase one of our bundles. These bundles allie all the required equipment along with your prefered wine pack so that you can have everything delivered to your door and just get started. The Wineworks Superior Starter Bundles are a great choice if you want to keep the equipment budget down but still choose the quality of wine you’d like to go for. Whereas, the Wineworks Luxury Starter Bundles offer a better quality equipment pack and still let you choose from a great choice of wine packs.
The two most important aspects of making wine are Cleanliness and Temperature. Firstly remember everything that comes into contact with the wine should be cleaned and sterilised ( see below ). Secondly maintain a constant temperature between 21-26°C ( 69-79°F ). It is much better to be on the cool side and constant than hot one minute and cold the next. Airing cupboards are definitely no, no’s. ( See below )
Clean and sterilise all equipment. Here’s a selection of Sterilisers you can use and if you not quite sure which steriliser to go for then you can take a look at our Beginners Wine Making Part 1 - Cleaning, Sterlising
Wineworks Superior wines : These usually take 10-15 days to ferment, and a further week to clear. Again the wine can be drunk immediately but we recommend ageing it 4 weeks but you can leave it up to 12 months. The time you will leave it will depend very much on your stocks. So get plenty built up. The reds benefit more than the whites with ageing. Certain packs ( see the list below ) are suited more to the experienced wine maker and take around 4 weeks to ferment and then left for a further 2 weeks. These products does really benefit from ageing. All the kits we list in this section require little ageing.
As it’s new to you it will probably take in all 2 hours for your first batch. However, once you are used to it 1 hour is about the maximum amount of time needed. We would also point out bar the bottling side; it takes just as long to make 6 bottles as it does to make 30 bottles, so we strongly recommend you make the larger quantity. After all 6 bottles doesn’t go very far as we said before !
From our experience it is much better to maintain a constant temperature than a fluctuating one. We suggest 21-26°C ( 69-79°F ), although if it is cooler than this, it is not a problem, it just takes slightly longer to ferment. If you can’t maintain this then we supply three different forms of heating equipment : Brew Belt / Heat BeltThis is a simple insulated electric cable that wraps round your conteneur and provides a gentle heat. It is very souple and extremely easy to use. Heat Tray ( 4 demi/5 Gallon Fermenter ) This is like a flat tray that provides a gentle continuous heat that goes under the fermenter. Immersion HeaterThis drops into the container, through the bung and can be thermostatically controlled to maintain the juste temperature. Similar to a fish tank heater. All these can be added to our starter kit packages. See our video showing the genres of heating equipment available for your fermentation.
It is important to clean
If you’ve made it this far, hopefully understanding a bit of what we’ve said, then you’ll want to know how much it will cost to get started ! As you may have noticed, we’ve put together a couple of equipment packs which include everything you need, and take the confusion out of buying. You can make your first 30 bottles of Wine for approximately £65. 00. That’s all in ( Equipment