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Farewell to Jordan Winery’s First and Longest Employee: Rafael Robledo

This month, it is with great sadness that we announce the retirement of a very special person, Rafael Robledo. Jordan Winery Vineyard Crew 2015-9732

Rafael started working for the Jordan family back in 1973, overseeing the estate properties, supervising crews and planting vineyards. He was Jordan Winery’s first employee. His keen attention to detail, vast knowledge of plants and endless energy played a vital role and became a driving force behind the success of our vineyard team. Rafael had the opportunity to work alongside iconic industry figures, such as André Tchelistcheff from grapevine planting to vineyard husbandry, and Winemaker Rob Davis from his arrival in 1976. During the slower times of the growing season, Rafael moved onto his other passion projects–the Jordan garden and our row of rose bushes. He became known as the “rose whisperer.” His continued hard work and dedication to the Jordan family will never be forgotten.

Please join us in celebrating Rafael’s 42-plus years of commitment to Jordan wines and wishing him a relaxing, well-deserved retirement. We’re glad that his daughter and grandson will continue to carry the Robledo family tradition at Jordan for years to come.

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Leilani Schumacher

Congratulations Rafael! Best wishes on your retirement; enjoy a rest that’s overdue. take pleasure in the new adventures/projects that await you!

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Ron Saikowski

Great Employers = Great Employees

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Three Generations of the Robledo Family Work at Jordan Winery - The Journey of Jordan Winery

[…] Rafael was Jordan Winery’s first employee. He started working for the Jordan family back in 1973, overseeing the estate properties, supervising crews and planting vineyards. His keen attention to detail, vast knowledge of plants and endless energy played a vital role in the success of our vineyards and olive groves. During the slower times of the growing season, Rafael moved onto his other passion projects–the Jordan garden and our rose bushes. Two weeks ago, I found him in the garden, checking on the flowers and vegetables, even though he’s been “officially” retired for a year. We paid tribute to Rafael with a farewell blog post last year. […]

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Brent Young

A 2005 harvest intern who returned to Jordan full-time as viticulturist in 2008. Now Director of Agricultural Operations in charge of estate vineyards, precision farming and cattle. Spends free time showing cutting horses and restoring vintage cars, especially Woodies.

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