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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Van Ruiten Family Winery

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

  • Michael~David Winery

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

  • V M V

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

  • Peirano Estate Vineyards

    Nestled between the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Lo...

  • Fields Family Vineyards & Winery

      Fields Family Wines is not just a winery, it’s also a collection. Not a collection of w...

  • Benson Ferry Vineyards

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • So Isaac, how many roadtrips do you guys take out of Berkeley on a weekend or ... the Pinnacles, or even up in Lodi?Am also curious (and indicated that in my response) as to what demographics you're targeting for the crowdfunding/outside investor portion. One of OT's bullets makes it clear that you're not going entirely bottom end yet obviousl... Read More

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  • Regio O.V.O.C Lodi Zinfandel 2012


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    Wine review by rascal raccoon

  • Thanks Greg, I also texted you on a weird looking Rioja I saw there from ... ... ... would've liked that Lodi styled wine. Isn't Mega Purple a requirement of "The Lodi Appelation"? Already left the store but can always swing back when convenien Read More

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  • Earthquake zin from Lodi fits the bill but if you're going to spend $25.00 why not spend a few more and get Ridge Paso Robles which is really nice zin. Read More

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  • So I'm curious, OT. Wasn't under the impression you like blueberry ... ... ... I haven't even had a Lodi zin in a decade. So these are all questions, meant to stimulate discussion, not putdowns.What was the Rhone white the night before? Was it a CA 'Rhone blend' or actually from the Rhone?I really don't like overly hot, alcoholic wines, at all... Read More

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  • Popped the Klinker Brick Old Vine 2011 LodiFruit forward, you betcha. Nose is rich and concentrated. Tastes like a blueberry creamsicle. Ripe blueberry, vanilla from the American Oak. Mid-palate blast of black fruit, tart blackberry and chalk. For tonights 50/50 Bison/Beef burgers and baked beans this should work fine. Hides the 15.8%abv better ... Read More

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  • Joel Gott Zinfandel California 2011


    Light in color, spicy nose of cinnamon but lacks intensity on the pallet and fruit. Over priced. Not up to the caliber of his days at Montevina. My rating -- 83. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Volar Lodi Zinfandel 2012


    A Lot 18 Selection - interesting, these are the Tasting Notes:'...A bit lighter in color than you'd expect, this Zin surprises with a boom of raspberry, blackberry and blood orange aromas. The berry flavors, in particular, carry over to the palate, along with notes of ripe cherry and chocolate, all combining and leading to a long finish. There's... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Scotto Family Cellars Chardonnay Lodi 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by anchca

  • Cycles Gladiator Zinfandel Boneshaker 2012


    Spicy and delicious Read More

    Wine review by Lhers

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