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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Mettler Family Vineyards

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

  • Peirano Estate Vineyards

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

  • Klinker Brick Winery

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

  • Tantalus Vineyards

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

  • Van Ruiten Family Winery

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

  • Irish Monkey

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to ... ... Napa, even Verdelho from Lodi." They suspect, for the first time in a genearation, that there are vineyards in the US the equal of those ancient vineyards they already revere, and they want to come to know and celebrate them.This is a wonderful, unexpected, th... Read More

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  •  You just need to learn how to speak your mind Greg. Everything else follows easily. ;) Read More

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  • Seems like a one time drive by.Fun thread though. And turned into something completely unexpected.Got a chuckle out of the review Richard Jennings did on the one a few years back in Virginia. It's a very long read but extremely informative.He's one reason I don't do a blog. The compulsion to churn out tasting notes from every wine experience he'... Read More

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  • The guests ARE definitely one of the highlights on my blog.  Fox has made some excellent contributions.  The Giro TT edition was the best yet (IMHO). Read More

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  • Fox, Scherrer also normally has an open house in November, think that time frame will work for you?  We're going to try to make it out there then.OT, discussing Scherrer here just proves your point about the wonderful way snoothers share info about excellent but lesser known wine makers. As a point in fact, we turned pboss on to several of the p... Read More

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  • Greg for President!  Haha..I can't wait to meet you!  You're not a jerk after all! Read More

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  • Would the wine's production need to be overseen by a Rabbi?I think one of the BC Wine guides I'm bringing to OT's has an article about a winery in BC that's making Kosher wine and there's a Rabbi involved and a Jewish winemaker.  I'm intrigued. Read More

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  • Is there any way to work wine in to a Bat Mitzvah's? Read More

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  • See, that's the thing:  It happens right when we have family in town and my daughter's Bat Mitzvah.  Every year, actually twice a year--totally cursed.  I'm going to ask them for a special tasting for all the good publicity I give them. Read More

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  • August 1st-3rd for the Scherrer Fall open house. Come taste and order your futures! Read More

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