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...

  • 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

  • Jessie's Grove Winery

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

  • Vino con Brio

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

  • Macchia Wines

    In Italian, “Macchia” means “the spot”. In Lodi, Macchia Winery has been earning a reputation as...

  • St. Barthelemy Cellars

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

  • Akin Estates

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

  • Michael~David Winery

    Rising from the resurgent Lodi Appellation, Michael~David Winery produces some of the finest awar...

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  • Wow, 17.4%.  And it's not hot?  That is great.I have posted here ... to get a lot of that from Lodi Zins.  Also, recent vintages from Rosenblum seem to be fruit heavy and high alcohol.  Keep looking.: Read More

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  • David Akiyoshi Sauvignon Blanc Musque Clone Lodi 2014


    A recent Naked Wines selection. Rarely drink Sauvignon Blanc, so have not developed much of a taste, but I found this one delightful. Opens with grapefruit and in the background, a hint of baker's yeast, then some kiwi and an interesting ripe strawberry scent or two, then green moss, intense kiwi, and sunshine grass. There is a great minerality ... Read More

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  • I would never argue against Zinfandel with burgers.  Works every ... comment on the Lodi PS sounds interesting.  I would think that a Lodi Zin, many of which I find to be somewhat jammy, might sing with my burgers.I have also found, though, that blends work well.  We did not have burgers that night, but the Pruett Lucky Lauren Red (Sierra Footh... Read More

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  • I almost always drink a Bordeaux, Bord blend or Cab with burgers.  And I ... I ... so we were drinking a Lodi Pet Sir that cost all of $11 and was really good.  Turned out not to be a perfect match, because the ribs were tender but the fat melted off.  We could have done well with a CdP or similar.  Ah well, live and learn.But, yeah, Halcon S... Read More

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  • Mark, good points about the pricing for sure.  There's a lot of really ... ... On the other hand, Lodi Zin is pretty well established.  And those Carlisles, Bedrocks, Rockpiles, really are underpriced because they frequently sell out.  In fact, Carlisles have become something that you almost have to know someone to get.  Ridge just has so much... Read More

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  • I did not have any of the wines for the VT, but I enjoyed listening to the ... ... ... vintages of Oak Ridge Lodi Zin, and that comes in under $15.  It's a darned good wine, and would have been terrific with OT's hamburgers.Sorry to hijack your thread, Claudia, but discussion is a good thin Read More

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  • F. Stephen Miller Angel's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi 2013


    A Naked Wines Selection. Medium dark and opaque Purple Ruby in the glass. Opens with some notes of spicy plum preserves, then a bit of dark chocolate, forest floor earth, and plum, then some fudge, cherry, and earthiness. Has a medium long finish and rounded mouthful with a very interesting spicy/red chile mesquite smoke and dark chocolate. Youn... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Sorry NG.With all the work I have been doing in the yard my fingers are swollen.Typing on the iPad with the small keypad was an issue.I  was standing by the grill rather than seated.I was responding quickly to a feed that was moving along and wasn't proof-reading.I'm sure it was painful to read. It was for me! Read More

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  • I agree with GregT on the Syrah tasting notes.  The wine was dominated by the smoke, tar and earth characteristics.  I would have liked to see more of the fruit come out in the mix... Read More

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  • OT - Viognier is one of those grapes that really tends to disappoint more than ... ... interested in visiting Lodi.Zin is a hard one. It can be light and bright or big and overdone. It's why I like Zin actually - it really reflects the site and the wine maker as much, if not more, than any other grape. Would have liked to try the one they sen... Read More

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