A wonderful Jordan journey

A wonderful Jordan journey
Nicolette Waterford

Nicolette Waterford

Who says husbands and wives cannot work together? Gary and Kathy Jordan are a “dream team” when it comes to wine land wonder couples. They recently celebrated the 21st vintage on Jordan Wine Estate as well as the opening of The Bakery at Jordan.

Another married duo making magic at Jordan is George and Louise Jardine, who oversees the bakery as well as the exceptional restaurant on the property.
Baking has been one of George’s greatest passions. With the focus on the large wood-fired oven in the new bakery, George is happy to share his passion with his patrons. “Since the beginning of time man has strived to source the most natural grains to produce the finest breads. To be able to enjoy these in a beautiful environment such as The Bakery at Jordan – what more can one ask for,” he mentions.

The relationship between the highly acclaimed chef and Gary and Kathy, the award-winning wine producers of Jordan Wine Estate, started four years ago when Jordan Restaurant opened in 2009 on the latter’s Stellenbosch estate. Since inception the Jordan Restaurant has consistently been rated one of South Africa’s Top 10 restaurants by Eat Out Magazine.
With the launch of The Bakery at Jordan, the Jordans and Jardines have reinforced this relationship.

The Bakery atmosphere is relaxed and fun, evident in the modern, yet simple décor in neutral shades with a splash of red, where visitors can unwind and enjoy the freshly produced fare amongst the aromas of baking bread, pastries and freshly brewed coffee. Alternatively one may dine ‘al fresco’ on either the lawns or the newly completed wooden deck. Visitors can choose from a selection of dishes of the day, charcuteries, breads, dips, cheeses and pastries.

“Our recently completed running trail and mountain bike route is complemented by The Bakery at Jordan where one can relax on a weekend after a cycle or trail run and enjoy a leisurely breakfast or lunch. It is a wonderful way to wind down on the deck, under the trees, after a hectic week,” says Gary.
The Bakery at Jordan is open from Wednesday through Sunday, serving both breakfast and lunch as well as a selection of fresh and preserved homemade items. From mid-January The Bakery will be open seven days a week.

This year the Jordan family celebrates 30 years of owning Jordan Wine Estate and 21 years of winemaking. The hard work of the past three decades is evident in this pristine estate, where visitors can enjoy awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains of Stellenbosch and the finely produced, award-winning Jordan wines. What better way to celebrate the coming of age than with the new venture of The Bakery at Jordan, which reinforces the Jordan mantra of Synergy between Soul and Soil.

Recent awards include Restaurant Eat Out Top 10 for Jordan Restaurant with George Jardine; the Trophy for Top Performing Wine Estate at the SA Terroir Wine Awards; Best Producer at the Top 100 wine awards; Top privately-owned wine estate at the 2012 Veritas Awards; and the International Chardonnay trophy at both the Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2012.

* For more information, visit www.jordanwines.com, or call 021 881 3441.