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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Klinker Brick Winery

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

  • Van Ruiten Family Winery

    The Van Ruiten Family has been growing grapes in the Lodi area for more than 50 years. What star...

  • Harney Lane Winery

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

  • Vino con Brio

    Mike and Renae Matson combine over 40 years of marriage with 30+ years of co-managing various bus...

  • Irish Monkey

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

  • Tantalus Vineyards

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • 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


  • 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


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