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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Peltier Station Winery

      The Schatz family has been growing grapes in the Lodi Appellation since the 1950's.  They ...

  • Bokisch Vineyards

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

  • Van Ruiten Family Winery

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

  • Akin Estates

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

  • Klinker Brick Winery

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

  • Tantalus Vineyards

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Why did this thread get revived?Anyway, Marilyn Merlot is hardly the worst of ... fruit sourced from nearby in Lodi. They are wines from a hot sunny warm place and the winemaking amps all of that up, throws in some additional coloring and there you are. The Sixth Sense Syrah is actually a decent iteration of that grape, with a little bacon and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Marilyn Merlot


  • Ozv" Old Zin Vines Lodi Zin 2012

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    Light on the fruit and a bit medicinal. Finished with drying tannins. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Castle Rock 'Lodi' Zinfandel 2011

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    Wine review by petermyles


  • Earthquake Zinfandel 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by neon niki


  • Ozv" Old Zin Vines Lodi Zin 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Frost13bits


  • Fruit fom Anapolis out in the True takes 2-1/2 hrs to get to Santa Rosa. Alder ... up from SLH. Bedrock from Lodi to Sonoma. It happens all the time with most wineries.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • Oh, the hell of wanting to be a wine journalist. Take a passel of old things ... products of winemakers in Lodi!JD, every one of those sites was discussed even here on Snooth back at the end of last decade. Doubt the writer has been to the sites her(?)self, anyway. Just regurgitating bits and drabs she's read about from others. Remarkable how ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...


  • Yay! Thank you Elin McCoy!DV - nope. Didn't know it has been cultivated ... to get wine made in England?Lodi? Never heard of it. Never had any Zin from there either. Thank god they finally planted some Primitivo!  &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...


  • So for Spanish wine drinkers, Albarino is fairly common, more so in the Rias ... ... in the central coast and Lodi. The nose is not overly aromatic but fairly citrusy. The palate is crisp, nicely acidic, with hints of lemon cream, orange peel, a touch of baking spice, and a medium finish. Anyone have a favorite CA albarino producer?  The only ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • 3 Girls Pinot Noir 2013

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    Very nice. Not overwhelming, but a good "special" bottle. Purchased at World Market. Read More

    Wine review by utvols2004jb


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