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...

  • 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...

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Bokisch Vineyards

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

  • Loredona

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

  • Vino con Brio

    Mike and Renae Matson combine over 40 years of marriage with 30+ years of co-managing various bus...

  • Tantalus Vineyards

    Tantalus' wine making team consists of two dedicated and talented people. Senior winemaking co...

  • Irish Monkey

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

  • St. Barthelemy Cellars

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Fenestra Winery's Alvarelhao 2005


    Won 2 SILVER Medals: 2008 Orange County Fair Wine Competition AND2008 California State Fair Wine Competition! Read More

    Wine review by info16

  • Fenestra Winery's Verdelho Lodi 2007


    Received 2 GOLD Medals: 2008 Riverside International Wine Competition AND2008 Orange County Fair Wine Competition! Read More

    Wine review by info16

  • Well a scheduling snafu, and the fact that both NY football teams are in the ... of smoke.2005 Sixth Sense Lodi County $17.00Groups#2 My#3This is spicy meatball! Lots of backing spices from the toasty oak and a very sweet profile made this stand out from the pack. Eden couldnt get past the sweetness, even on the nose commenting every time I go... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A few Cal-Itals and some...

  • Silver Mountain Vineyards Zinfandel 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by Slapshot73

  • Michael David Petite Sirah Lodi Earthquake 2006


    Blueberry/coffee finish...sounds wrong but very classic petit verdot. Full mouth,clean finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Peltier Station Viognier 2006


    Among the most bold viogniers I've tried in many years, this presents with a wonderful bouquet of late spring floral aromas that translate into cream and spice on the palate.Yet, acidic enough to pair well with meats and cheeses alike. Read More

    Wine review by scottdseaman

  • Peltier Station Petite Sirah 2005


    Among the best specimens of this varietal I've had the pleasure of trying! Being unfined and unfiltered, the intensity of this wines big bold flavors intensify with every sip.Tons of berries, and fruit blended with hits of dryness accentuate the drama o f this wine when paired with big spicy dishes. It will drink well now, but will cellar for ma... Read More

    Wine review by scottdseaman

  • Peltier Station Petite Sirah 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by scottdseaman

  • Wines Tasted:Flight 1 _ Sangiovese2005 J Pedroncelli Alto Vineyard Dry Creek ... Vale 91pts2005 Sixth Sense Lodi County Syrah 84pts.2005 Toasted Head Dunnigan Hills Syrah 86ptsThis week saw a first for us at Snooth, a split tasting! I had hoped to taste more Cal-Italians together in a large group but it just hasn't worked out quite that way so... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Blind tasting some Cal-Itals...

  • Sixth Sense Syrah 2005


    This offers up an intensely spicy note of dried ginger and clove on the nose over nuanced rare meat, dried apricot and burnt orange peel tones. With time a touch of violet and white pepper gets added to the mix. A bit fat in the mouth, languid and lacking a center with very loose structure this is relaxed but offers up adequate plum, cocoa and o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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