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...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Michael~David Winery

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

  • Macchia Wines

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

  • Loredona

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

  • Mettler Family Vineyards

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

  • Lobo Loco Wines

    At Lobo Loco Wines we are committed to sustainable farming practices. Our grapes are grown and ou...

  • Peirano Estate Vineyards

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

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    Wine review by davidsollars

  • Incognito Viognier 2005


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    Wine review by yangstrom

  • Michael-David Vineyards Chardonnay Lodi 7 Heavenly Chards 2006


    A fairly raw woody nose is a touch blunt. There is good acidity here but the wine needs it to balance out the sweetness. A bit of Fruit Stripes gum, artificial banana flavor on the round palate that turns a bit spicy with a bitter, pithy edge to it on the angular finish. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Youve heard it before Im sure. Anything but Chardonnay, and I mean anything, ... David Vineyards 7 Heavenly Lodi 2006  14.5%        $15.00A fairly raw woody nose is a touch blunt. There is good acidity here but the wine needs it to balance out the sweetness. A bit of Fruit Stripes gum, artificial banana flavor on the round palate that turns a... Read More

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  • Deep Purple Zinfandel Lodi Zinfandel United States California Central Valley Lodi Red 2007


    This is a 2007 Zinfandel From Deep Purple Wines in Santa Rosa, California made ... with juice sourced from the Lodi region. Typically, I could care less about the label because it really doesn't tell you anything about the wine inside the bottle. This bottle is no different, I just love the artwork becasue I'm a quasi-hippie-throwback. Once yo... Read More

    Wine review by 204415Jimmy Cocktail 204415 Jimmy Cocktail

  • Gnarly Head Pinot Grigio Lodi 2007


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    Wine review by sjsimmons

  • Seven Deadly Zins Zinfandel Zinfandel Petit Verdot Petite Sirah Central Valley Lodi 2007


    really great wine---look for other michael david wines like the petite petit----even better!! Read More

    Wine review by laurencantine

  • Michael David Petite Sirah Lodi Earthquake 2006


    at the price, this wine is phenomenal. really tasty, gets better after it sits a bit. Read More

    Wine review by laurencantine

  • E2 Family Winery Merlot Lodi Diabolique 2007


    *Update*It got me buzzed in 3/4 of a glass. The taste later became sickly sweet with a bitter disappointing finish. I could only stomach one glass. Two hours later I had a mild stomach ache and slight head pain.I didn't even finish the bottle and I'm an alcoholic. Roommate #2 fell asleep after asking if he could finish the bottle.Overall: Terrib... Read More

    Wine review by Nex Umbra

  • E2 Family Winery Merlot Lodi Diabolique 2007


    My roommate got this for me at the local grocery store. Knowing that I am a partaker of fine cheap wines, he picked up a bottle for me.Though it bears nice artwork and a cool name, I found the taste to be a little unsettling. It started with a strong smell of raspberries, but out of the bottle it smelled kind of gross.I poured a glass and swirle... Read More

    Wine review by Nex Umbra

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