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

  • Syrah

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

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Van Ruiten Family Winery

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

  • Peirano Estate Vineyards

    Nestled between the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Lo...

  • Peltier Station Winery

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

  • Borra Vineyards

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

  • Harney Lane Winery

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

  • Vino con Brio

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Peirano Estate Vineyards the Other Red Blend Lodi 2014

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    Savory and fruity aromas of dark baking spice, raspberry and strawberry with notes of blossom, fresh dewy earth and a touch of cherry. Well integrated palate with harmonious red fruit notes of ripe cherry, raspberry and red currant, a bit tart but easy drinking and approachable with soft tannins and a violet, blueberry finish with good balance. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sea Pines Vineyard Old Vine Petite Sirah 2014

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    A bit too dry. Uncharacteristic dryness of a petite sirah. Good balance on tannins. Fruit forward. Mostly red fruit flavors like red raspberry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Gusher Lodi Zinfandel

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2013

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    Very fruity with a bit of acidity and some notable tannin. Quality wine. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • When you get to two kids and some gear, side trips to Joshua or whatever going ... Bay.  Easy to toss in Lodi and some hiking or other sightseeing.  Friday traffic would be bad until you got through the Altamont, but nowhere near as bad as 101 N to Sonoma or Mendo.  And leaving Saturday morning and just staying one night is quite feasible. (I ... Read More

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  • Actually, there's some other cool things you can do on that trip:  It ... and tour, you can go through Lodi's wine country, there's at least three major underground caverns (one with rappelling and an outdoor zipline), the town of Murphys is cute and has lots of tasting rooms.  If one has business in Sacramento, it's not far.  (Not sure anyone... Read More

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  • Heavyweight Petite Sirah California 2012

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    Not bad for $10 bottle of PS. Plenty of fruit, filling but not intense, oak, medium tannins and good acidity with a slightly sweet flowing finish.This would be good at the grill or with pizza. Drink now. Paul 67 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Moss Roxx Zinfandel Ancient Vine 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Castle Rock Zinfandel Lodi 2012

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    Good, but a softer version of most, raspberry, some dark berry fruits, medium chewy tannins but they over balanced the acidity a little. Some chocolate notes and a little dark cherry on the finish. Drink now - Paul 85 pts Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Incognito "Summersday" 2015

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    Fairly sweet like a typical stateside Chenin Blanc, with the floral attributes of incorporated viognier. Grapefruit and acidity - not for me. Paul 83 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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