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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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

  • Lobo Loco Wines

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

  • Gnarly Head Cellars

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

  • Peltier Station Winery

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

  • Harney Lane Winery

    Love. Laughter. Family. These are the three main ingredients we pour into every bottle of Harney ...

  • Irish Monkey

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

  • Klinker Brick Winery

    Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the traditi...

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Gnarly Head Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2006

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    I first had this at a restaurant, and immediately had to run out to find it. Given the mark up at restaurants, I was pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive it was. This is a smooth, easy to drink wine with notes of cherries and pepper. I really love this one! Read More

    Wine review by hrhsassypants


  • Michael & David Vineyards "7 Deadly Zins" Lodi Zinfandel 2007

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    Very typical peppery, jammy, black berry and spice nose, clearly defined. Big entry with a decent amount of RS up front turning deep and chewy with pretty intense flavors of blackberry, blueberry and backing spice on the mid-palate. A lot of wine for the money if a touch simple but well balanced and a solid value. Finishes with some lingering u... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Klinker Brick Syrah Lodi Farráh 2005

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    Wine review by aamorgan


  • Michael & David Vineyards "7 Deadly Zins" Lodi Zinfandel 2007

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    Intense berry jam aromas over hints of mint and tar leads to a sweet concentration of black current flavors, bright acidity, smooth tannins and eucalyptus on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590


  • Francis Ford Coppola Alicante Bouschet California Diamond Collection Magenta Label 2007

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    Fruity smell and very easy to drink. The Coppola Alicante is a lighter alternative to their Claret or Cab. Nice to drink alone or with cheese while enjoying a good film. Would probably go with something else if I was serving red meat. Read More

    Wine review by elzumpango


  • Cline Zinfandel Still Usa California Napa Zinfandel 2007

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    Dark purple in the glass that leave distinct legs down the glass. A red licorice aroma that blends the fruit with something a little more earthy. However, you could definately pick up the alcohol (14%). Soft, rounded oak. Initial impression was a bland Zin but as I was drinking was appreciating the softness. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5


  • Wisteria Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi 2006

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    Fragrant. Tastes a tad bitter, but the glass grew on me. Read More

    Wine review by pagervino


  • Michael-David Vineyards Incognito 2005

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    This Rhône-style blend is bravely composed of 9 different varietals including: Mourvedre, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Cinsault, Carignane, Tannat, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Grenache. The outcome is successfully, by design, an enigmatic Rhône Valley tribute including, literally, every typical Rhône varietal. Surprisingly, I found characteristics and... Read More

    Wine review by rwb5150


  • Peltier Station Viognier 2006

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    This ia not a wine. It is some kind of liquid flower. Most Viognier has that floral nose but taste like some strange Chardonnay. Not this. It tastes like drinking orchids. I'm not a white wine drinker but this is one of my favorites. It has so much WOW factor that you white wine drinkers may have to take some time to appreciate it. (Sorry for be... Read More

    Wine review by JamesR


  • Abundance Vineyards Petite Sirah Lodi Mencarini Vineyard 2004

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    Wine review by sfquixote


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