Long table set in glass pavilion atop hill for Sunset Supper.

A 2023 Sonoma County Events Calendar to Sip and Savor

Winter is officially the coldest and darkest time of the year, but can we make it the official season of summer travel planning too? There’s nothing more uplifting to our hibernating inner traveler than to spend a winter evening feasting our eyes on all of the fabulous events happening in Wine Country in 2023—and booking the flights to get there.

Jordan Winery in Sonoma County just revealed its 2023 events calendar, and there are several new dinner parties—and a few old favorites returning. It’s going to require some patience (and planning) before tickets go on sale. From vineyard hikes during Earth Week, picnics over Labor Day weekend and a Release Day reopening party to Parisian courtyard dining, Sunset Supper and Starlight Supper, these Sonoma County events will entice you to indulge all of your senses in Healdsburg every season until the chilly winter weather returns.

Jordan’s Sonoma County 2023 Events Calendar  

Guests walking through the Jordan Estate on the spring vineyard hike
Earth Week Nature Hikes at Jordan Winery.

Earth Week Vineyard Hikes

Much to the delight of nature lovers, Jordan Vineyard & Winery is bringing back its buzz-worthy vineyard hikes in 2023. Hosted on select days, these Earth Week Nature Hikes let wine and nature enthusiasts explore Jordan’s 1,200 acres by foot. One of the most interesting aspects of this hiking trail is how it passes several vineyard blocks in different phases of the grapevine planting process, in addition to passing Jordan’s newly planted pollinator sanctuaries—one for native bees, one for hummingbirds and two for the at-risk Western monarch butterfly. This Sonoma hiking adventure covers about four miles of hills and open spaces, beginning in the morning and concluding in the early afternoon. Earth Week Hikes have a special estate-focused menu, paired with Jordan Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Tickets for this three-hour excursion, which culminates with wine tasting and a picnic lunch, are $125 per person. Tickets go on sale the month prior to the hikes, so visit the winery’s events calendar to mark your calendars.

Jordan Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/events
Guests enjoying the Sunset Supper event at Vista Point at Jordan Winery
Guests enjoying Jordan’s Vista Point during Sunset Supper.

Favorite Outdoor Winery Dinners Return

Even though Jordan Winery doesn’t have a restaurant, the French-inspired producer’s culinary staff is known for crafting Michelin star-worthy meals at dinner party events. Two beloved alfresco dinners are making a comeback in 2023: Sunset Supper and Starlight Supper. Hosted at Jordan Vista Point, the winery’s highest hilltop, Sunset Supper in June is an epicurean journey with jaw-dropping views. With the backdrop of the winery chateau, Starlight Supper, hosted in July, offers wine lovers the rare opportunity to enjoy fine dining en plein air, and this year’s event benefits Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft-focused organization. For prices and ticket sales dates, visit Jordan’s 2023 events calendar.

Jordan Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/events
Jordan Winery Terrace during Healdsburg Wine & Food. Photo by Gamma Nine.

Parties & Festivals to Celebrate Summer

June 21 is the official start to summer, but why wait until then to celebrate the season? The second-annual Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience is returning in May the week before Memorial Day weekend, giving travelers plenty of time to eat and drink their way through Healdsburg before the holiday—or simply extend your stay another week. Kick-off summer officially the following month with Jordan Winery’s Release Day event on June 24, featuring new vintages, culinary treasures, live entertainment and the debut of the winery chateau’s new lobby, 10 months in the making.

Jordan Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/events

Alfresco bistro-style Paris on the Terrace lunch now offered Thursday through Monday

Parisian Pop-Up Dinners Debut

Guests have been gathering in Jordan Winery’s Bacchus courtyard before and after tasting experiences for years, and this summer, wine lovers can dine in this enchanting alcove for the first time. Hosted every Friday night in August, Jordan’s Parisian Pop-Up dinner series will excite all senses through exquisite cuisine, elegant wines and gracious hospitality—all served in pop-up dining area surrounded by blooming plants and pollinators.

1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/visit
Picnic goers lounge in front of Jordan Chateau.
Picnic Days return to Jordan.

The Return of Picnic Days – Labor Day Weekend Events

Picnic Days on the Jordan Chateau lawns were one of those COVID-canceled events that deserved a comeback, and they’re returning in 2023 at a new time with the same fabulous, curated, picnicking experience. Dubbed Picnic Weekend at Jordan, three days of events will be hosted over Labor Day weekend, giving wine lovers the opportunity to pick which day they’d like to lounge on Jordan Winery’s sprawling chateau lawns, noshing on picnic provisions made by the Jordan chef. One bottle of wine is included with the ticket price, as well as a blanket and basket to use during the experience. Tickets go on sale in late May for $125 per person.

1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com/events

Group cheers with glasses of cabernet sauvignon over a table on the terrace at the Jordan Chateau.

Other Annual Events in Healdsburg

While many new winery events are popping up in Healdsburg, there are annual favorites to add to your social calendar too. Harvest Lunches at Jordan, a bountiful feast to celebrate grape crush, will be hosted over three weeks in September and October. Jordan will deck the halls and the barrels in December at its annual Christmas at Jordan holiday party. Valentine’s Dinner in the Jordan oak tank room in February is also a romantic, intimate experience enjoyed by Jordan Estate Rewards members.

There are more ways than ever to escape to Healdsburg for a weekend to enjoy the Sonoma wine country lifestyle. Explore other ideas in our Travel section.  


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About the Author

Born and raised in rural Kansas, Lisa Mattson fell in love with wine during college in South Florida and worked for a wine magazine before moving to Northern California. She spent almost a decade working as a writer, marketing director and photographer/videographer for Jordan Winery and now serves as a hospitality design and marketing consultant for several wineries, including Jordan. She also designs succulent gardens under the name Sonoma Succulents. When she’s not eating and sipping her way through Sonoma County in the summer and Baja California Sur in the winter, she travels the world with her husband in search of new succulents, ethnic foods, snorkeling spots and tiki bars.

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