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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Lobo Loco Wines

    At Lobo Loco Wines we are committed to sustainable farming practices. Our grapes are grown and ou...

  • Berghold Estate Winery

    Berghold Vineyards and Winery is an architecturally unique 5,000 case boutique family estate wine...

  • Irish Monkey

    Most everyone asks, "Why Irish Monkey?" Winemaker Bob Lynch began monkeying around with the fruit...

  • Jessie's Grove Winery

    Jessie's Grove Winery is nestled between the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the foothills of th...

  • V M V

    Growing premium grapes for over 90 years has been the family passion. Our Lodi Appellation soils ...

  • Onus

    Peterson Family History . . . 1897 Carl A. Peterson, a strong, young, and gregarious man l...

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Lodi on Snooth

  • 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


  • Silk Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Cranky Don


  • Tortoise Creek Wines Zinfandel "The Chelonian" Lodi 2015

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    Fruity floral boutique and fantastic value for money. Great wine to drink anytime Read More

    Wine review by icbang


  • David Akiyoshi Reserve Chardonnay 2015

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    Another recent Naked Wines selection. A gold silver in the glass. Opens with raisin, rose petal, and cream; on to vanilla and oak; then orange rind, lime, and cream butter. Medium acidity, lightly oaked - not nearly as oaked as it smells, with a mesquite smoke bite. Smooth, full, and lush in the mouth growing more acidic and smokey as it opens i... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Michael David Winery 'Sixth Sense' Syrah Lodi Appellation 2013

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    As someone who steers away from heavy tannic Cabs, this bottle was quite the delight. It poured into a lovely Ruby red color in the glass. It is similar in body to a classic Merlot, but much more complex in flavor.Gorgeous fruit with notes of chocolate, wood, and a touch of spice. This wine was a surprising delight from the usual syrahs I have t... Read More

    Wine review by Exquisitelyoaked


  • Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc Lodi 2012

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    Best wine ever had. Read More

    Wine review by jazzdreams


  • Plungerhead Lodi Zinfandel 2014

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    A lttle sweet but pretty darn good for the price. Will buy again even if I hate the stopper. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Al, In the previous post I mentioned the guest ranch.  In fact Peggy ... ... what I would expect from a Lodi Zin rather than a DCV example.  Oh well, that's why we dedicate ourselves to the continuing research.Grgich-Hills Fume Blanc has been a favorite in our house for decades. This 2014 example was excellent.  Very crisp from lemony acid.  T... Read More

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  • 100 Mile Chardonnay 2015

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    Nice acidic balance. Fresh fruit. Bright. Great price point. Unoaked Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Earthquake Petite Sirah Lodi 2013

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    Inky black in the glass. Blackberries, spice, oak lead the way and follow nicely to the palate. This is a mouthful and deservedly so. Firm tannins, full throttled fruit and balanced acidity drive a lengthy aftertaste. 91 points - Drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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