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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  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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

  • Onus

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

  • St. Barthelemy Cellars

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

  • Benson Ferry Vineyards

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

  • Mettler Family Vineyards

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

  • Peltier Station Winery

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

  • Van Ruiten Family Winery

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

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  • F. Stephen Miller Angel's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi 2013


    A Naked Wines Selection. Medium dark and opaque Purple Ruby in the glass. Opens with some notes of spicy plum preserves, then a bit of dark chocolate, forest floor earth, and plum, then some fudge, cherry, and earthiness. Has a medium long finish and rounded mouthful with a very interesting spicy/red chile mesquite smoke and dark chocolate. Youn... Read More

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  • Sorry NG.With all the work I have been doing in the yard my fingers are swollen.Typing on the iPad with the small keypad was an issue.I  was standing by the grill rather than seated.I was responding quickly to a feed that was moving along and wasn't proof-reading.I'm sure it was painful to read. It was for me! Read More

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  • I agree with GregT on the Syrah tasting notes.  The wine was dominated by the smoke, tar and earth characteristics.  I would have liked to see more of the fruit come out in the mix... Read More

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  • OT - Viognier is one of those grapes that really tends to disappoint more than ... ... interested in visiting Lodi.Zin is a hard one. It can be light and bright or big and overdone. It's why I like Zin actually - it really reflects the site and the wine maker as much, if not more, than any other grape. Would have liked to try the one they sen... Read More

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  • OT, I agree.   For my palate, the zin was too hot and big. I ... ... care for.  Acquiesce in lodi does it well... very Tablas Creek-esque.  And some in Paso do it well.  It is not easy to do single varietal.  This McCay was odd to me... I would never have guessed it blind as a viognier.  Almost was like a bigger pinot blanc to me.  There were ... Read More

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  • 3hrs later the tannins have tamed but the heat is overpowering on the Lodi Zin, kinda disappointing. The Viognier was a bit OTT for me personally. Too much fruit. But then agin it's Viognier. It needs to be blended with  something. Fun VT though the conversation was predominately between the bloggers on site which was kinda strange. Anyone who h... Read More

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  • Great stuff.  I'll be heading home early to crack my bottles.  (Consider that the RSVP, although I did RSVP elsewhere, too.)  Read More

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  • 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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