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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Van Ruiten Family Winery

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

  • Michael~David Winery

    Rising from the resurgent Lodi Appellation, Michael~David Winery produces some of the finest awar...

  • V M V

    Growing premium grapes for over 90 years has been the family passion. Our Lodi Appellation soils ...

  • Peirano Estate Vineyards

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

  • Fields Family Vineyards & Winery

      Fields Family Wines is not just a winery, it’s also a collection. Not a collection of w...

  • Benson Ferry Vineyards

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • I just read this exchange.  "Hit the road like ME and PBoss do".....You don't go to wineries OT, you just drive by on your way to a real job.  My opinion of bloggers, and this is a huge generalization, is that they are somewhat narcissistic attention-seekers.  I've read many blogs about many topics and I am often left irritated by self-centeredn... Read More

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  • So was MrWino a one day drive-by? I thought he fit in well here. Read More

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  • I logged on to your website where you mention the wines you like. D'oh. I'll type slower from now on so there are no misunderstandings. I think Foxall is bringing me to the Zin event as his date this year. So yes I am going. Would really like to attend West of West but the ante is just too high for me to absorb.Screw the archives, I don't infer,... Read More

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  • Go give and take, but you said "I am a wine lover not a blogger", which to me infers that bloggers are not wine lovers. But that's just my opinion. Also sorry, but I didn't realize I had to go back through the archives to review your postings to understand your persona and how you apply that to your postings. But then again that’s just my opinio... Read More

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  • OT sounds like maybe Mauritson...Fox's secret Zin. Read More

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  • Many thanks for the sarcasm, and no, I’ve never seen a therapist for anything. Sorry you limit yourself to information by presuming bloggers aren’t wine lovers, and won’t be attending the WBC. You might find blogging fun and rewarding, meeting others and making friends like you noted. The over 400 bloggers attending the WBC, that you already not... Read More

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  • Nice trip report.  It makes me realize that it's about time for another couple of weeks in California wine country...Thanks for the effort!! Read More

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  • Me upset? Not in the least.  Glad you got the sarcasm, where did it shift gears?I didn't say wine bloggers are not wine lovers, I said I am not a blogger.Resort to sarcasm? It's who I am. If you spend any time here you will understand that and not key it get under your skin.I live in Sonona County in the middle of the RRV. I probably already kno... Read More

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  • Oh, sure, I was stung by a bee when I was 7 and now I never ride my bicycle through swarms. Have you seen a therapist for that?As for WBC, no. I am a wine lover not a blogger. I partake in wine boards to learn, share and make new friends with a common interest. . Got a chuckle out of the review Richard Jennings did on the one a few years back in... Read More

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  • Sorry OUTTHERE, but sometimes you just have to take care of yourself, just like I'm sure Dave does. I remember finding an old suppermarket when I was about tweleve years old that had a penny baseball card machine. That machine seemed to always spit out the hardest cards to get. That was 1959 and I was the only kid on the block that three Duke Ma... Read More

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