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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Popular wines made in Lodi under $20

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Varietals Produced in Lodi View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • 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...

  • Borra Vineyards

    With generations of Italian Piedmontese winemaking in his blood, in 1975 Steve Borra started Lo...

  • Irish Monkey

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

  • Harney Lane Winery

    Love. Laughter. Family. These are the three main ingredients we pour into every bottle of Harney ...

  • Klinker Brick Winery

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Oak Ridge Winery Zinfandel Lodi Moss Roxx Ancient Vine 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by hoffert


  • Ghostrider Ungrafted Red Lodi 2014

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    Dark and smoky aromas of rich red raspberry and chalky notes of red currant and spice. This is velvety in the mouth with loads of bright cherry flavor, fresh ripe raspberry and toasted vanilla cream. A fun and easy drinking red blend that feels elegant and soft in the mouth while not being afraid to dish out a bit of spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ozv Zinfandel 2013

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    The flavor has a distinct taste and smell of Mega Purple or some other additive that has a distinct impact on my palate. It hit me too strong to know whether the other aspects of the wine are good or not. Unfortunate, since I love a good Zin! Read More

    Wine review by Dpupo


  • Plungerhead Zinfandel Old Vine Lodi 2013

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    A little rough on the first evening but by the second day it developed into a very nice zin. High QPR. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Just thought I'd add a little something to the "wine I would not drink ... ... Country", basically Lodi on steroids. For those of you that haven't experienced the Lone Star State's take on wine, it's quite interesting. I started off mid-month in Dallas at TEXSOM. I visited with a few old sommelier friends of mine, experienced some excellent jui... Read More

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  • If you can include French, you can get your distributor's rep to bring some ... let you taste lots of  Lodi Zins--many are good values, which is a challenge in California.  Joel Gott also makes a number of state-appellated wines that are of varying quality, but he is a really masterful blender and has great sources, so his wines can be really g... Read More

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  • Malbec to me tastes like soap, I would start with Riesling from Germany, Finger ... a California Zinfandel from Lodi, the Josh reds are great for around $15 too especially the Merl Read More

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  • Gnarly Head Authentic Black 2013

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    This a real mouthful of nice wine. Cherry, vanilla, chocolate, Blackberry and plum with mild tannins and a lasting finish that lasts till the morning light. This is a helluva buy at under $10. Would work with any red meat, stew or heavy barbequed steak, Go get some NOW winer's. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • One thing I've acknowledged as the one and only truth about good and bad ... ... a wine competition in Lodi a couple years or so ago, and one day evaluated over sixty cabs. Among the top three, as judged by a dozen or so of us, was a bottle of $11 juice. As for the Meiomi, which I thought was a very good "wine"...not a Pinot...but a very good... Read More

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  • Campus Oaks Zinfandel Reserve Old Vine 2011

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    Lightly herbal on the nose, this is quite pronounced with loads of smoky black fruit and mature notes of forest floor and cinnamon spice. In the mouth this is rich and full with huge bunches of red and black fruit, with blackberry preserve and ripe black cherry on entry with savory notes of dark molasses, toast and bramble fruit. Drying tannins ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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