ELIANA WINES is the label of Brian and Carien Jordaan. Brian, a one-time commercial grower of roses, adapted his “soft-handed” horticultural technique to production of the wine grapes that go into Eliana vintages. Since 2008, Brian and his family have tended Belle Vista Vineyard, a stunning hillside site in the Pompadour Bluff area east of Ashland planted to Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines, now nearly twenty years-old, have yielded exquisite fruit under Jordaan’s care.
Made in very limited lots by winemaker Steve Anderson, Eliana vintages reflect a unique terroir and Jordaan’s exacting specifications. Since 2011, Jordaan has added Tempranillo to his wine list of exquisite Bordeaux varietals and blends. From Thistlecroft Vineyard, a close neighbor to Belle Vista, the Tempranillo is a lush mélange of aromas and flavors featuring ripe strawberry and dark cherry notes.
The best way to try Eliana is to stop by the tasting room. Brian and Carien love sharing their elegant wines with visitors. Open March-October, the intimate indoor wine bar offers cozy warmth while the outdoor seating offers incomparable vistas of the vineyard with the Siskiyou Mountains and Pilot Rock in the distance.