Renowned for creating interiors that are cosmopolitan and warmly modern, Geoffrey De Sousa and his team have married the 18th-century French design of Jordan with new design elements. De Sousa worked closely with John Jordan and Todd and Nitsa Knoll, the husband-wife team behind Jordan’s culinary hospitality program, to breathe new life into the space, which is central to both Jordan’s winemaking philosophy of making elegant, food-friendly wines, and to the chef’s culinary philosophy of bringing a snapshot of the surrounding countryside to the plate.
“I’d always loved the dining room, with the French neoclassical lines and antiques, but I wanted the space to also show reverence to nature and the habitats across our estate that inspire my cooking,” notes Todd Knoll, executive chef at Jordan Winery. “Our vision for the dining room remodel was to refresh the room in a way that pays respect to our French inspiration while honoring the land and conveying an appreciation of timeless beauty and craftsmanship. The new design has brought drama, elegance, and mystery to the space.”
Situated in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, Jordan is a 1,200-acre estate with more than 80% of the property preserved as natural habitat. Large swaths of Jordan Estate remain as they did when the native Pomo and Wappo tribes hunted and gathered in the region—groves of towering oak trees are draped in lichen, time-sculpted rocks are wrapped in velvety-green moss, and prized mushrooms poke through the underbrush of the woods. In the thick morning fog, these quiet corners of Sonoma County are mysterious and ethereal to Chef Knoll, who often finds himself lost in the primal wonder of nature while foraging for Jordan menus. He worked with De Sousa to capture all of these elements and emotions in the dining room design.
“We always enjoy working with spaces that have strong architectural features and a story to tell,” relates De Sousa. “The Jordan dining room is now not only an homage to old-world France, it’s also a portrait of the surrounding estate and the chef’s philosophy.”
Dinner @ Jordan
Guests can experience the new dining room at Jordan’s seven-course, prix fixe dinner party event, Spring Dinner with the Winemakers, on May 4. Tickets are $295 per person. Members of Jordan Winery’s loyalty program, Jordan Estate Rewards, can also book private food-and-wine-pairing experiences in the dining room with Jordan Private Tables.