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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Tantalus Vineyards

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

  • Housley's Century Oak Winery

    Like most successful wine families, the Housley's began in the industry working the soil. Our Cha...

  • Bokisch Vineyards

    What does the name “Bokisch” have to do with Spain? Markus Bokisch has a love for Spanish wine...

  • Abundance Vineyards

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

  • Macchia Wines

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

  • Onus

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Joel Gott Zinfandel California 2011

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    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

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    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

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • Cycles Gladiator Zinfandel Boneshaker 2012

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    Spicy and delicious Read More

    Wine review by Lhers


  • Sounds like your looking for something fruit forward. Try "Gnarly Head" wines out of Lodi. They make a merlot and a cab that should fit the bill. Read More

    Forum post in the topic In Need a Merlot Recommendation


  • Bedrock Kirschenmann Vineyard 2012

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    My 2nd place wine and the groups 1st Theres some gentle cocoa and mocha on the nose but this is dominated by sweet raspberry and boysenberry fruit that is very fresh with lightly floral and smoky top notes. Medium light on the palate and with a touch of aggressive tannins early on the palate followed by pure, light and transparent red berry, ras... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rare Red 4 Grape Blend

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    Great blend Read More

    Wine review by pcopernik


  • Deep Purple Zinfandel 2009

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    I enjoyed it... The Owl just wanted to listen to Captain Beefheart... Read More

    Wine review by Mosca


  • Ravenswood 'Lodi' Zinfandel 2011

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    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass with very nice clarity. The nose is classic Lodi Zin, rich ripe black fruit, blackberries, black cherry, blueberries and plum over a smoky layer of leather and cedar intertwined with some green grass and herbs. The taste is just a pleasure from the first sip, with rich jammy fruit bursting forward tha... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to ... ... Napa, even Verdelho from Lodi." They suspect, for the first time in a genearation, that there are vineyards in the US the equal of those ancient vineyards they already revere, and they want to come to know and celebrate them.This is a wonderful, unexpected, th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic LA wines, SD vines, London...


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