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

  • 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

  • Van Ruiten Family Winery

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

  • Loredona

    Whether hailing from Old World Italy or New World California, the one common theme in every world...

  • Irish Monkey

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

  • Borra Vineyards

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

  • Peltier Station Winery

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

  • St. Barthelemy Cellars

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • David Stone Merlot California 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by Joyy


  • Hi All!We have belonged to a wine making club for over 20 years and make two ... from Napa, Alexander Valley, Lodi, Amador, Chile, and Argentina.Yes, we have tried most all of the Italian wines and enjoy many of them, but our favorite is the Barolo; favorite producer in Bruno Giacosa. Yes, we also enjoy Viognier, Savignon Blank, and French whi... Read More

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