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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Berghold Estate Winery

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

  • Lobo Loco Wines

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

  • Benson Ferry Vineyards

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

  • Klinker Brick Winery

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

  • Harney Lane Winery

    Love. Laughter. Family. These are the three main ingredients we pour into every bottle of Harney ...

  • 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

  • Esol, I'm going to make a bit of a leap here and recommend the wines of the ... the Michael David Winery in Lodi. http://www.michaeldavidwinery.com/Our-Wines/Red-Wines Their EarhQuake series sounds right up your alley. Their Sixth Sense Syrah is a winner als Read More

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  • Long Shadows seems like a guest chef program, but in wine.  In college, ... I guzzled a Lodi PS that he bottled and sold at the discounter and elsewhere for sub-$10.  It was awesome with lamb chops.  I just had a Crozes-Hermitage that was pretty darn good that he did--he went international a while ago.  Some of it is just so-so. He's very much ... Read More

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  • Klinker Brick Syrah Lodi Farráh 2010


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    Wine review by mattbakhoum

  • Klinker Brick Albarino 2014


    Not bad but not great Albarino from Klinker Brick. Flavors of apricot, ripe pear and honeysuckle go along with medium acidity, slightly flabby, viscuous texture (a touch of residual sugar?) and a medium short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Gnarly Head Double Black Red 1924


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Earthquake Zinfandel 2013


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    Wine review by Popmuseum

  • 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel Old Vines Lodi 2012


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    Wine review by Popmuseum

  • Tortoise Creek Chardonnay Jam's Blend 2013


    Nectarine and elderflower aromas are inviting and have a hint of spice to them. Juicy and fresh in the mouth, with peach and melon notes, some toast and burnt caramel in the midpalate, some vanilla towards the finish where it turns towards a bright and fresh palate decked with peach and a refreshing minerality. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Bootstrap Red 2013


    This Red has robust nose opens with bright fruits of cherry, currantand boysenberry bramble with a juicy mouth-feel and long finish. 90 pts IWR Read More

    Wine review by vino vino1

  • Oak Farm Vineyards Verdelho Lodi 2014


    The bright lemon and stone fruit aromas are quite lovely with notes of peach, green apple and nectarine. In the mouth it's full flavored with an emollient mouthfeel, somewhat tart and lemony but with a leesy toast character, peach and more floral notes of honeysuckle and elderflower. White pepper and almond notes add some complexity and spice to... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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