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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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

  • Van Ruiten Family Winery

    The Van Ruiten Family has been growing grapes in the Lodi area for more than 50 years. What star...

  • Berghold Estate Winery

    Berghold Vineyards and Winery is an architecturally unique 5,000 case boutique family estate wine...

  • Onus

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

  • Bokisch Vineyards

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

  • Klinker Brick Winery

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

  • Irish Monkey

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Gnarly Head Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2006


    Hints of black cherry, licorice, and a little pepper but finishes very nice and clean. A very good everyday wine considering the price. Read More

    Wine review by RasputinVino

  • Loredona Viognier Lodi 2006


    a little sweet for my taste, but drinkable Read More

    Wine review by pagervino

  • Mettler Family Vineyards Lodi Petite Sirah 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Ozrr

  • Macchia Mischievous Old Vines Zinfandel Lodi New Release! 2007


    This is big and bold and smacks you right in the face. I love this style of wine and that is why I bought a case. This is a very fruit forward wine that has a fair amount of oak as well. It has a high alcohol content with out being overpowering. This compliments pasta w/ red sauce and BBQ very well. Read More

    Wine review by rar8888

  • 7 Deadly Zins 7 Deadly Zins NV


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    Wine review by rweese

  • 7 Deadly Zins 7 Deadly Zins NV


    Big. Bold. Full-bodied. "Fruit-forward" as they say. Highly complex, highly drinkable. I like it better than Earthquake, which I found a bit smokier and not as "rich" tasting. Read More

    Wine review by the starlet

  • Congress Springs Viognier Lodi 2006


    I Love Viognier and this is one of my two favorites. Citrusy and not too sweet. Medium bodied. Would drink it wtih spicy Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian or Thai food. Also great for just sipping before dinner. Read More

    Wine review by the starlet

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi 2000


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    Wine review by m3brooklyn

  • I love me some good reds, and have had a ton of good wines with Lodi grapes, but I'm going to be in Lodi next weekend and was wondering if anyone could recommend some wineries with tasting rooms worth visiting. We're going to have a wide range of people there, so a combination of good wine and interesting winery would be ideal...I also tend to b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Recommended wineries in Lodi,...

  • 337 Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Leanno

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