Lodi Wine

The Lodi wine region lies in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, which includes San Joaquin County. The eastern portions are within the Sacramento Valley, while its western parts touch on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, with noticeably cooler conditions in that section.

Lodi is known for its old vine Zinfandels, with quality production from other varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. One of the more exciting trends in the region is experimentation with Spanish varietals such as Tempranillo, Graciano, and Albarino and the Portuguese Verdelho. Flame Tokay had at one time been the signature grape of the region, now fallen out of favor, but still used for brandy production.

Though Lodi itself is a subregion of Central Valley, it is further divided into the following subregions:

  • Alta Mesa
  • Borden Ranch (home of Woodbridge and Sutter Home)
  • Clements Hills
  • Cosummes River
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Varietals Produced in Lodi View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Peltier Station Winery

      The Schatz family has been growing grapes in the Lodi Appellation since the 1950's.  They ...

  • Klinker Brick Winery

    Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the traditi...

  • Fields Family Vineyards & Winery

      Fields Family Wines is not just a winery, it’s also a collection. Not a collection of w...

  • Mettler Family Vineyards

    With their roots in the wine industry dating back to the 1770s, it’s no surprise that the Mettler...

  • Bokisch Vineyards

    What does the name “Bokisch” have to do with Spain? Markus Bokisch has a love for Spanish wines...

  • Michael~David Winery

    Rising from the resurgent Lodi Appellation, Michael~David Winery produces some of the finest awar...

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Gnarly Head Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2014

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    The Gnarly Head (Lodi, CA) Zinfandel is typical of its Central Valley provenance; there is a soft vanilla-cherry nose with a hint of evergreen (cedar or cypress), and entry is slightly sweetish with a ton of blueberry or bilberry on the palate, a short finish but decent balance with little heat (despite the 15% alcohol by volume.) and touch of c... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel Lodi 2015

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    As has been stated by an editorial review, dusty black tea and raspberry aromas. I also picked up a sharp citrus scent which followed through, in taste, on the first glass but mellowed thereafter. Flavor wise, leans more towards blackberry, plum, and a hint of dark cherry with the black tea leaf flavor in the background. I like peppery wines and... Read More

    Wine review by Mekare


  • Michael David Syrah 6th Sense 2014

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    Sweet and viscous on the tongue. Not the wine that I have followed for years. Not sure if it's just a flawed bottle or not. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Michael and David Phillips Petite Petit Petite Sirah Lodi 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by JPJP1989


  • 5k Rose NV

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    I love this Rose because of the fresh strawberry flavors and the dry clean finish. I paired this wine with Christmas ham and it was fantastic. Price is a good value. Company donates 5% to charity. Read More

    Wine review by rootstock18


  • Just in - some Spanish wines - The Black Slate & the Muga really ... ... ... try the Boneshaker 2015 Lod Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • David Stone Merlot California 2004

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    Love all of David Stones' wines. The price is so reasonable. However, I have not been able to find his wine at Walgreens for over a month now. Are they no longer contracted?? with them. HELP!! Read More

    Wine review by dennisktexas


  • Noble Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 337 2014

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    yeh, noble wine as written. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel Lodi 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Pecos4


  • Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel Lodi 2015

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    Dusty black tea, raspberry and blueberry aromas. Chewy red fruit and baking spice flavors, tart and full of mixed berry with more of the dried black tea leaf flavor coming through with strawberry and cinnamon on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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