3 Best Vineyard Experiences – 2017 Platinum List

Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards, and Les Sources de Caudalie

3 Best Vineyard Experiences – 2017 Platinum List

Since 1972, this producer in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley has gone beyond the grape

Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Sonoma County, California

It’s easy to forget Sonoma’s picturesque hills and band of mountains from the inside of a tasting room. So, at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, second generation vintner John Jordan leads guests outdoors with wine and food pairings served on the 1,200-acre estate, with sweeping views of precisely arranged vines zigzagging around shady oaks and a tranquil lake. “Sonoma is more complex and far more stunning than people recognize,” Jordan says. “We want to do somethingdifferent than serving wine to people belly up to the counter. We want to get people outside.”



Wineries in California and Bordeaux offer charming accommodations for visitors who want to linger beyond the tasting

Cliff Lede Vineyards

Napa County, California

Established in 2002, Cliff Lede Vineyards not only produces acclaimed wines but also offers unique experiences for those who visit the property in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District. In addition to private tastings in luxe lounges and courtyards, Cliff Lede operates the on-premises Poetry Inn, a luxury hotel designed by leading Napa architect Howard Backen. Five sumptuous rooms named after poets like E.E. Cummings and Emily Dickinson overlook the valley; for larger groups, the elegant three-bedroom Farmhouse at Poetry is available.


Les Sources de Caudalie
Bordeaux, France

In Bordeaux, Les Sources de Caudalie offers guests a taste of the French lifestyle among the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte. The hotel boasts a two-star Michelin restaurant, La Grand’Vigne, where chef Nicolas Masse works with local farmers to source his ingredients. Guests can also borrow an electric car to explore the surrounding area, or stay and relax at the hotel’s Vinothérapie spa.