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If you are looking for an excellent food and wine experience, you need look no further than Jordan wine estate, a family owned winery where husband and wife team Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making a wide range of excellent wines for over 20 years.
On the culinary side, The Jordan Restaurant with chef George Jardine at the helm, has been in the top 10 South African restaurants since it opened in 2009. The restaurant is contemporary in feel, and, if you can tear your eyes away from the view down the valley to the Stellenbosch mountains, you can watch the team at work in the open plan kitchen. The menu changes regularly, and the dishes are as beautifully presented as they are delicious to eat. There is a 2 or 3 course option at lunch, while at dinner Chef Jardine presents a degustation menu of six courses paired with the estate wines. Come summer the glass windows slide back so that patrons can enjoy this splendid food on the terrace.
If you forgot to book and can’t get a table, or if you would prefer a less pricey option, then The Bakery is for you. It’s a bakery cum bistro, with simple modern décor, extending to a wooden deck, with extra tables in the garden in summer. The Bakery shares the splendid view down to the dam, the vineyard covered hills and the distant mountains. I popped in on a cold wet day at the start of winter and there were warm red blankets on all the chairs. Time was short, so I had a very good coffee in a fat pottery cup and a scrumptious quiche served on a wooden board with salad. I loved that wifi was instantly accessible with no need to ask for a password. The Bakery serves good breakfasts, and platters of cheese and meats. Non-wine drinkers will be happy to know that craft beer is also available. As you leave, you probably won’t be able to resist buying one of their loaves of bread, baked in the wood-fired oven.
The tasting room is comfortable with a counter and leather couches inside and café style tables on an outside terrace. One of the wine ranges is called Chameleon, and Jordan sponsor research into the Cape Chameleon that lives in the natural vegetation alongside the vineyards. There’s even a Chameleon Crossing road sign – take care not to squash one of the wee beasties as you drive in.
Jordan has introduced a hiking path and a mountain bike trail, and there’s also the opportunity to do some catch and release fly fishing. But, lovely as all of these are, given the beauty of the farm, I would still say the real reason to come to Jordan is celebrate their fabulous food and wine.
Inspector Peringuey Chenin 2015
Cobbler's Hill 2013
Tasting 9h30 - 16h30 pm
Restaurant Lunch 12h00 - 14h00,
Dinner Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 18h30
Bakery Breakfast and Lunch 9h00 - 15h30
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Jordan Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa, -33.937093, 18.735809000000017