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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Fields Family Vineyards & Winery

      Fields Family Wines is not just a winery, it’s also a collection. Not a collection of w...

  • Borra Vineyards

    With generations of Italian Piedmontese winemaking in his blood, in 1975 Steve Borra started Lo...

  • V M V

    Growing premium grapes for over 90 years has been the family passion. Our Lodi Appellation soils ...

  • Mettler Family Vineyards

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

  • Onus

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

  • Harney Lane Winery

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • I had a great afternoon on Sunday as I met with Eric Guido and Dave Treiger in ...-lodi-zin-80-year-old-vines-2006/The easy going, soft and plummy Meritage that stayed the course over 2 dayshttp://www.snooth.com/wine/cameron-hughes-lot-72-napa-valley-meritage-2005/The classic Napa Cabernet, rugged yet polished with excellent cellaring potential... Read More

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  • I was pleased to welcome a few friends into the Snooth lair yesterday for a ... with the  2006 Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, which was fine if undistinguished.The second wine in this flight was the Cameron Hughes Lot 86 Lodi Zinfandel 80 Year old Vines and I think it's fair to say that this wine  impressed us all with it's balance, depth, and pur... Read More

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  • Ravenswood California Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2006


    Jammy fruits on the nose with lots of plum and crushed berry tones with a toffeed edge and notes of cedar and slate in the back ground. Big and soft with drying tannins and adequate acidity. A bit dull though there are sweet roasted strawberry tones accented with a hint of black pepper. A bit short as well. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cameron Hughes Zinfandel Lot 86 Lodi 2006


    Not wasting any time this opens with intensely sweet and spicy brambley fruit. In addition to the sweet/tart blackberry notes there are alluring notes of cigar ash, blackberry pie and an insinuation of black pepper. In the mouth this is powerfully flavored with deep and pure dark berry fruit edged with notes of pepper and cocoa. This exhibits cl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cline Zinfandel Still Usa California Napa Zinfandel 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Majikk

  • Ravenswood California Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2006


    A flat and uninspired wine, with transparent additives. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • 337 Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    From the wine tasting party, this was Alaska -- brought by Bo. I liked it. I said it was good and smooth. Read More

    Wine review by Tiboutoo

  • Gold Pocket Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi 2007


    flat, not very complex, just OK Read More

    Wine review by collibo

  • Rosenblum Cellars Viognier Lodi Late Harvest Ripken Ranch 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by JoshK42

  • Woodbridge Shiraz 2006


    sweetish full fruit, soft but evident tannins combine to make a highly drinkable fruity style of red. Broad flavours enveloping the blueberry/blackberry spectrum, not complicated but enhanced by some varietal spice.http://www.spittoon.biz/mondavi_woodbridge_shiraz_2006.html Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

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