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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Peltier Station Winery

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

  • Peirano Estate Vineyards

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

  • Benson Ferry Vineyards

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

  • Housley's Century Oak Winery

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

  • Loredona

    Whether hailing from Old World Italy or New World California, the one common theme in every world...

  • St. Barthelemy Cellars

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • I am aware that Earthquake is a Zinfandel-based wine, and even though I am a ... the Michael~David Winery in Lodi is a wine I've been drinking lately. It's darn tasty EMARK and while I doubt it's right up your alley; it'd make a good data point in your ongoing research. ; Read More

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  • Hi there, I kind of stumbled into this site - hoping to gain more ... Charles Michael vineyards in Lodi CA brought me here.  I'm a foodie, so I'm pretty happy this site talks a lot of food accompaniments and has recipes to try out.  &nbs Read More

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  • Michael David Petite Petit 2010


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    Wine review by quiltnut851

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2012


    A red fruited and balanced with soft tannins. Not your usual Lodi wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Gnarly Head Authentic Red 2011


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    Wine review by Fafnir

  • Ozv" Old Zin Vines Lodi Zin 2012


    I drank several bottles after breathing for over an hour and decanted. I think of spice, chocolate, jam. The spice notes for me have been light cinnamon and the this does not taste like any Zin, I've had. Very chewy, smooth, with light jam in the background - very smooth and supple Read More

    Wine review by Pharaohfitz

  • Lodi Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by MASTERGGG

  • David Stone Chardonnay California NV


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    Wine review by Bushka Issa

  • Jc Van Staden Petite Sirah 2013


    Naked Wines selection; Dark opaque purple in the glass, violets, lavender, black pepper, and oak on the nose. Down the hatch with more of the same with bits of cranberry and blueberry jam/preserves. Big round mouthful, full bodied and soft with long finish of spice, oak, black pepper, and red chile. Very easy drinking and more than a bargain at ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Michael-David Vineyards Syrah 6th Sense Central Valley Lodi United States California 2012


    Dark fruit on the nose. Black and blue fruit on the palate with a bit of acid and a tannic bite. Long on the finish. Really nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

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