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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Onus

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

  • Mettler Family Vineyards

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

  • Abundance Vineyards

    Abundance Vineyards is a family owned and operated boutique winery. It has evolved from hard work...

  • Akin Estates

    Akin Estates is a new wine venture located in Lodi, California, and a result of a fulfilled visio...

  • Peltier Station Winery

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

  • Irish Monkey

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • David Stone Pinot Noir California NV

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    Great wine, especially for the price. I've certainly had more expensive wines that were nowhere NEAR as delciious & smooth! Read More

    Wine review by MMartinez


  • Gnarly Head Chardonnay 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Derek25


  • Noble Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 337 2013

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    Probably the best Cabernet Sauvignon I've ever had. I was at a yacht club and when I had this for the first time, I had to find out what it was ASAP! My friends have spent over $50 on fancy bottles of Cabernet for special occasions (forgot the names) and this one definitely takes the throne. I only paid 12$ for this bottle and they can definitel... Read More

    Wine review by Abadalamente


  • Lodi Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    As a new wine drinker who never drinks red wines, I thought this was fantastic!! No bitter after taste, very smooth and exceptionally priced! My favorite lasting flavor was the oak. I've been searching for this wine everywhere!! So delicious! Read More

    Wine review by KatAlexander


  • DV, my father cut himself pretty well with a utility knife when I was a ... ... always much longer).  Lodi, the Contra Costa side of the Delta (home of some of the greatest old vine sites in California, with pre-phylloxera own rooted plants in sandy soil!) are also day trip possibilities.  Overnights to Sierra Foothills, Monterey County, are o... Read More

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  • The Federalist Zinfandel Lodi 2014

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    Awesome Zinfandel! Lots of dark fruit. Great with a nice Filet. Read More

    Wine review by michaelmont2000


  • Tortoise Creek Zinfandel the Chelonian 2012

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    Dusty aromas of raspberry and strawberry with soft clay and chalk on the nose. Zesty and round classic Zinfandel notes of strawberry, red currant and cherry with a medicinal note and some bramble fruit to finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc Lodi 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Cline Lodi Zinfandel 2013

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    More like a robust cab than a zin. Missing the zin sweetness. Well balanced. Would buy again but it was not on target with the varietal. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


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