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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Mettler Family Vineyards

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

  • Irish Monkey

    Most everyone asks, "Why Irish Monkey?" Winemaker Bob Lynch began monkeying around with the fruit...

  • Gnarly Head Cellars

    A passion for Zinfandel and a desire to make great Zin, led our winemaking team to Lodi, Calif...

  • St. Barthelemy Cellars

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

  • Lobo Loco Wines

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

  • Michael~David Winery

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Twisted Oak Verdelho Alta Mesa Silvaspoons 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by baileyswine


  • Joel Gott Zinfandel California 2007

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    Red fruit shake on the nose. This is really what I look for in a zinfandel. Not overly spiced, not sweet. Very clean taste. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin


  • Joel Gott Zinfandel California 2007

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    Great wine at a great price. Smooth finish and spicy...Joel Gott wines never seem to disappoint. Read More

    Wine review by genevievegrant


  •  Say Wha? You say? No it's true, well as true as something like this can ... ... ... peel and licorice. 91pts~Lodi Petite Sirah7) Harney Lane Petite Sirah 2006 $24 15.8%A bit jammy with powdered sugar tones and a bit of evident heat on the nose. It smells earthy, dense and not particularly open with a strong grilled meat and black pepper salam... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Petite Sirah California's...


  • Gnarly Head Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2006

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    Wine review by mboett59


  • Klinker Brick Syrah Lodi Farráh 2005

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    Absolutely amazing!! I love this wine. It is so smooth and flavorful. I love it! Read More

    Wine review by warnek02


  • Michael David Petite Sirah Lodi Earthquake 2006

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    Totally fabulous, especially at this price. Read More

    Wine review by lingprof


  • Cline Zinfandel Still Usa California Napa Zinfandel 2007

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    3.2007 Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel Sonoma County, California (14.5%) Nose: upon pouring, smelled almost syrupy, reminiscent of a cotton candy sweet, maturing into a distinct vanilla (high oak aging), plum flavors typical of Zinfandel, yet not overly fruity/sweet (especially compared to the Four Vines)Lamarr: B+ (good wine, simply put, out of ... Read More

    Wine review by lamarr


  • 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel Lodi 2006

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    Excellent Zin. Smokey...spicy..oaky Read More

    Wine review by ibeagle1


  • 7 Deadly Zins 7 Deadly Zins NV

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    A wonderful Zin....I've just recently rediscovered Zinfandel when I had a Michael and David Earthquake Zin at a restaurant. It was unbelievable, but a tad expensive for everyday drinking. 7 Deadly Zins is almost as good...not quite.....and well priced. I will definitely buy it...again and again. Read More

    Wine review by janisg1


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