The Story of J
Founded by Judy Jordan in 1986, J Vineyards & Winery began as a producer of critically-acclaimed sparkling wines like our J Vintage Brut, J Late-Disgorged Vintage Brut, Brut Rosé, and Cuvée 20 Brut. However, Judy, always curious and innovating, came to the realization that her vineyards would also be ideal for producing site-specific, cool-climate Russian River Valley varietal wines like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris. J is renowned for its hospitality and we encourage you to visit our acclaimed tasting room, the J Signature Bar, at our winery just south of the charming village of Healdsburg, California. In fact, Sunset Magazine named J the Best Tasting Room in the West.
Founder and President, Judy Jordan, holds a degree in Earth Sciences/Geology from Stanford University and prides herself on her knowledge of soils. Her passion for the land and understanding of what goes into making world-class wines has no boundaries. Accompanying Judy on this exploration of wine excellence are Winemaker, Melissa Stackhouse, and Viticulturist, John Erbe. Both have become knowledgeable experts on all aspects of our Russian River Valley terrain, and their dedication shines through in all J wines.
As one of the largest estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley, J Vineyards & Winery has embarked on a journey of exploration of our terroir that while already 25 years in the making has really only just begun. In geologic terms, we are still in the embryonic stage. The wide variety of alluvial soils found in our 254-acres of Russian River Valley estate vineyards have been forming for millions of years and are continually revealing new nuances to us.
Today we continue to build on our 25 year legacy of excellence to bring you both award-winning sparkling wines as well as highly-lauded varietal wines. We encourage you to visit our acclaimed tasting room, the J Signature Bar, at our winery just south of Healdsburg, California to explore all our wines and their unique expression of our Russian River Valley home.