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

  • Harney Lane Winery

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

  • Benson Ferry Vineyards

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

  • Klinker Brick Winery

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

  • Jessie's Grove Winery

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

  • Tantalus Vineyards

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

  • Akin Estates

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • 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


  • David Akiyoshi California 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • (Okay, it's like throwing the basketball off the backboard to pad your ... East-Side WInery, Lodi."  Back when they owned it, the winery wasn't the Kirschenmann but the Baumbach Vineyard; Tegan Passalacqua re-named it when he bought it from the K family.  Now it makes some of the most in-demand Zin around.  Very cool Read More

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  • Tortoise Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Cherokee Lane 2012

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    Nice for me not overly fruity. A nice everyday wine Read More

    Wine review by hallycat


  • Hey, Tom, I've had a couple wines from Barnard Griffin, including a ... ... (and the Sierra foothills, Lodi, Dunnigan Hill... you get the idea), I drink mostly Euro wines as the reference points.So last night we split it between California and Europe.  We went out for dinner at a funny place near our apartment, which we leave next week (for an... Read More

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  • From prior reading, it seemed like those investments in 2001 were pretty key in ... in ... his own vineyard in Lodi that he recently purchase Read More

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