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

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Berghold Estate Winery

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

  • Tantalus Vineyards

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

  • Jessie's Grove Winery

    Jessie's Grove Winery is nestled between the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the foothills of th...

  • Lobo Loco Wines

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

  • Macchia Wines

    In Italian, “Macchia” means “the spot”. In Lodi, Macchia Winery has been earning a reputation as...

  • Loredona

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Odisea Tempranillo Lodi Temporary Insanity 2004

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    You know, I cannot say enough good- no great- things about this Tempranillo. We tried this wine with a table at a restaurant in Houston and all 4 of us were blown away. it came highly recommended and we decided to splurge. It was WELL worth it. It's fruity without being too sweet, the oak and the vanilla are strong in the finish and I almost fel... Read More

    Wine review by tessarenee


  • Spellbound Petite Sirah California 2005

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    Wine review by jmf


  • Eric Ross Carignane Lodi 2006

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    Wine review by jja347


  • Incognito Viognier 2004

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    This is a previous Gold Medal Wine Club-Gold Series selection. In the words of self-appointed winery poet, David Phillips, ...it flutters my heart and stirs my libido, the former Roussanne, now known as INCOGNITO. This wines predecessor was awarded Best Rhone in the World when it was labeled as a Roussanne at the 2000 L. A. International Wine C... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • Abundance Vineyards Merlot California 2002

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    This is a previous Gold Medal Wine Club-Gold Series selection. The 2002 California Merlot is the first release of this varietal from Abundance Vineyards; they are very proud of their accomplishment, and rightfully so! With the results coming in from the national competitions, the 2002 California Merlot has received its first Gold Medal from the... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • Joel Gott Zinfandel California 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by JessicaHaralson


  • 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel Lodi 2006

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    Wine review by aljaco


  • This past Sunday Greg Dal Piaz from snooth.com had a sampling of some of the ... really nice.Lot 86, a 2006 Lodi Zinfandel from California: Nose: warm, wood, jammy on the sweet side of dry, juicy and chewy, also very nice.Lot 72, a 2005 Meritage from California: Nose: sweet, earthy aromas with a Bordeaux model in mind.Lot 75, a 2006 Cabernet S... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cameron Hughes Wines


  • 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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