Jordan HarrisPam Riley
Jordan Harris, Winemaker and General Manager for Tarara Winery, is best described by three words: Passionate, Determined, and Focused. Jordan has always had an incredible passion for all things food and wine. From his young childhood ordering Surf and Turf at hockey tournaments while his friends ordered hot dogs, to his first job working as a bus boy in fine dining, to his education in Culinary, Enology and Viticulture, Jordan has always only wanted the best.
With Jordan’s determination to be the best at his passion, he has achieved many successes. After managing the same fine dining establishment where he was once a bus boy, he decided to focus solely on the wine aspect of Food and Wine. It is with that focus that his accolades started to come. While still a student of Enology and Viticulture at Niagara College of Canada, Jordan placed first in Canada at the Inter-Rhone Sommelier Challenge in 2004. Months later he finished third in the world in the International Challenge in Avignon, France. Upon graduation the accolades kept coming, with being awarded one of “Canada’s Up and Coming Winemakers” through Wine Access Magazine in 2005, the Premier Award for the top Recent Graduate from all Ontario college programs in 2008; and top 30 Under 30 in all hospitality in Ontario through the Ontario Hostelry Institute in 2006. In Jordan’s then still short career, he was also able to be a part of making some of Canada’s most celebrated wines in his time there, and so received the Wine Access Canadian Wine Award for “Top Chardonnay in Canada” and the Ontario Wine Award for “Top Pinot Noir in Ontario.”
In 2007, Jordan came to Loudoun with his wife to start a life of new challenges and rewards, as well as a family of their own. Since being at Tarara Winery in Loudoun County, Jordan’s success has continued to climb. He was named in the Top 30 Under 30 professionals through Loudoun Business in 2010 and was featured in Wine Enthusiast’s 2013 “40 Under 40 Tastemakers” Issue. He made 3 of the first 7 Virginia wines ever to be rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast, and helped Tarara Winery receive Partner of the Year with Visit Loudoun. More recently Jordan was also named as one of the Top 100 Influential Winemakers in the USA by IntoWine. His latest achievement includes being awarded two more top scores from Wine Enthusiast, with Cabernet Franc 2012 being the top Virginia Cabernet Franc again, as well as our partner, Boneyard Wines, receiving 90 points for its Syrah.
Jordan continuously focuses on bettering himself and helping the industry around him. He was part of the technical committee to develop the Sustainable Winegrowing Charter for Ontario. Since arriving in Loudoun, he has sat on the Board of the Virginia Wineries Association and Virginia Wine Council. He now sits as Secretary of the Board for Visit Loudoun and Secretary of the Board of Directors for Legacy Farms. Jordan looks forward to being a part of the thriving DC’s Wine Country for years to come.