Jordan Vineyard & Winery

by Matt on August 4, 2014

There’s nothing I look forward to more than my annual trips to Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Healdsburg, Sonoma, California. I’ve been traveling there and photographing all sorts of beautiful things for many years, and I get downright giddy when I get the email from my colleague and friend, Lisa Mattson, asking about dates.

Why do I love it so? Let me count the ways.

  • A beautiful property with exquisite food and wine
  • The Jordan team couldn’t be more talented and friendly if they tried
  • There’s wine
  • And more wine

I could go on, but I’m sure you get the picture at this point, right? I said wine, right?

This year I actually went back and forth over a few weekends, capturing magical moments at sunset and also quiet times as the sun rises in the garden. As a photographer we live for these beautiful moments, and you find it extremely difficult to put your camera down for even just a second lest you miss something.

Being at Jordan also works my photographic chops — I’m shooting people, food, vistas, details, drinks, wine, interiors, you name it. It keeps me busy but it’s a dream job, I ain’t gonna lie.

But enough about that, let’s look at some photos!

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Can you believe this view? I mean, really. Look at it. As far as the eye can see it’s beautiful. And apparently you can see three separate counties from the highest point in Jordan Winery.

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Chef Todd Knoll prepares exquisite and creative dishes, always a delight to visit with him. And the abundance of fresh ingredients makes for some fun photos.

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I could photograph Nitsa’s flowers all day long. Also, need some moss for some arrangements? Just step outside. Lucky!

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Jordan Winery, Sunset Supper Photo Shoot, Sunset SupperIt’s not Sonoma unless I leave with tons of grape shots!

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So many wonderful moments around the property and gardens. FIGS FOR DAYS!

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All hands on deck when it comes to blocking down some overly-dappled light. Shooting midday outdoors can be difficult, luckily the trees provide lots of coverage.

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Great food and wine, what more do you need?

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Oh yes, olive oil. Jordan olive oil, which is outstanding. Here’s a product shot I wanted to try on a beautiful piece of wood, and luckily leaves and fruit are only a hop skip and a jump away.

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A Star Wars selfie. I’ll have to tell you about this later. Thank you for helping me, Erin.

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I photographed a tour group before the lunch scene and my assistant played model. He always dresses well.

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Also, romantic fires burning during summer midday can leave you a bit spritzy. Can I get a glass of chilly wine?

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For a story we headed to another vineyard one morning, the light was fantastic!

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Also, THESE MOMENTS.  Can you believe that table? And that little sitting area? So beautiful.

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Thanks to all my friends at Jordan! Thank you Byron! See you soon!