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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Michael~David Winery

    Rising from the resurgent Lodi Appellation, Michael~David Winery produces some of the finest awar...

  • Akin Estates

    Akin Estates is a new wine venture located in Lodi, California, and a result of a fulfilled visio...

  • Vino con Brio

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

  • Benson Ferry Vineyards

    Situated in the heart of California at the confluence of the Mokelumne and Cosumnes Rivers, Benso...

  • V M V

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

  • Lobo Loco Wines

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Apologies for the delayed reply on this thread. It has been a busy month! EMark ... ... Panella family came to Lodi from Avellino, Italy, in the late 19th century. They farmed quite a bit around Lodi but made their mark in the trucking industry. In 2004, Dan Panella and his family purchased a gorgeous farm previously owned by Wiliam DeVries. W... Read More

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  • Close ups on specific wineries from your visits are greatly appreciated. As Al said, do keep them coming--the more detail, the merrier.... Read More

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  • Oh man, this looks like a great vacation....er.....fact finding trip.  Keep it coming!  Read More

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  • Update, day 3, part 1I must start this post by saying that I don’t ... ... different vineyards around Lodi. We had the chance to speak with both the winemakers and grape growers with whom they partner. It’s a delicate relationship, to be certain; a tryst between art and science in a bottle.Tim Holdener, winemaker and proprietor of Macchia Wine... Read More

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  •  there’s a reason why nobody ever tried to pull out these old vines. ... Napa glasses are coming from Lodi.Please be careful with statements like this.  There are labeling laws in the United States that help the consumer identify the source of the component grapes.It a bottle of Zinfandel is labeled "Napa Valley," then at least 85% of the compo... Read More

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  • Oh, I wish I were on that little excursion.  I hope you enjoy it. Read More

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  • Thanks for the update, Claudia.Interesting wines with what I assume was your first evening's dinner.  Were there any opinions, consensus or otherwise, about them?  As a Zinfandel bigot, the one that particularly caught my eye was the Forlorn Hope from Kirshenmann vineyard. Read More

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  • Day 2 update:I think the biggest takeaway from this trip is going to be...It ... opened arms. While Zin is Lodi’s flagship wine, it is not by any means the only grape upon which the region hangs its hat. I’m sure many of you who’ve had a chance to visit or taste the region already know this, but I think it is increasingly true.We made today’s ... Read More

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  • Without further ado, I am here to deliver our first update on our journey through Lodi!We corralled five members of the wine press at the Sacramento airport. This is a truly wonderful and vivacious group of keen palates. They are:Gabe SassoFrank MorganJeff KralikJulia CrowleyAmy Corron PowerAs a group, we proceeded to the Wine & Roses hotel.Afte... Read More

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  • Looking forward to it, Claudia.  When in Lodi, don't miss Acquiesce Winery.  Susan Tipton specializes in white Rhone style wines and they are FANTASTIC!!http://www.acquiescevineyards.com/ Read More

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