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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Petite Sirah

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

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Housley's Century Oak Winery

    Like most successful wine families, the Housley's began in the industry working the soil. Our Cha...

  • Tantalus Vineyards

    Tantalus' wine making team consists of two dedicated and talented people. Senior winemaking co...

  • Benson Ferry Vineyards

    Situated in the heart of California at the confluence of the Mokelumne and Cosumnes Rivers, Benso...

  • St. Barthelemy Cellars

    St. Barthélemy Cellars is our small, family owned and operated winery in Napa Valley. Our labor o...

  • Fields Family Vineyards & Winery

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

  • 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 Lodi Zinfandel Old Vine Zin Lodi

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    Zins were always my favorites and where I started from, but this very flavour specificaly is a category that don't understand... I've found it in several Zins, that I can't drink - it always bring me to abythy and doom of death for some reason. Deep overwhelming bold greens - that's how I would describe this. Very signature flavour to me persona... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Sandlands Lodi Cinsaut 2018

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    Very murky plum color. Some fungal, I guess "mushroom" sounds more pleasant, aromas. On the tongue subtly tart red fruit--red plum, red cherry. Some earthiness and some pepperiness. Quite light-bodied. An uncomplicated, easy to drink wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sandlands Lodi Chenin Blanc 2018

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    Very pale yellow color. Somewhat of a tropical fruit nose. On the tongue, I get melon, kiwi and, maybe granny smith apple. Interestingly I do not get any acid tartness, but there is acid astringency around the edges of the tongue. Quite light-bodied. Good summer sipper. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • The Other Red Blend 2009

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    Delicious red blend, sexy label. Read More

    Wine review by leighvines


  • I think that's true. There's a lot of new money getting into the wine ... from Santa Barbara, Sonoma, Lodi and elsewhere that is pretty available in CA and in that case I agree with Zuf. It's available so people buy. You go into a non-specialist store, or part of a grocery store, and they'll have things identified by grape variety - Chardonnay... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy


  • Looks like Morgan and Chris have been busy Bedrock babies, here's what came ... 2017 Schmeidt Road Zinfandel Lodi2X  2017 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County1X  2017 Under the Mountain Heritage Wine Santa Clara6X  2018 Ode To Lulu Rose California3X  2018 Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Valley1X  2016 Beduccini Note to self, prob... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2016

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    This one pours a rusty purple hued tone, with cranberry and blueberry tinges around the outside ring. Also has an oily film that is left on the inside of the wine glass. Aromas that are superbly fruit forward, with jammy sweet berries, vanilla, peppercorn heat, hints of caramel and notes of sweet oak aging. Flavors follow suit, with more swee... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Yeah EMark, I was thinking Seghesio :) (although not Lodi) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy


  • To me, many Zinfandels from the Lodi region are jammy. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy


  • OK Darren you asked so here's the full list:2014 Cakebread Cellars ... ... ... "Boneshaker" Lodi (1.5L)2014 Adelaida Cabernet Sauvignon Viking Estate Vineyard2010 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel2006 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley2008 Spring Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  The 1st two were enjoyed by six of us with... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Happy New Year everybody


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