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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Michael~David Winery

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

  • Loredona

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

  • Benson Ferry Vineyards

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

  • Onus

    Peterson Family History . . . 1897 Carl A. Peterson, a strong, young, and gregarious man l...

  • Bokisch Vineyards

    What does the name “Bokisch” have to do with Spain? Markus Bokisch has a love for Spanish wines...

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Gnarly Head Double Black Red 1924

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Earthquake Zinfandel 2013

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    Wine review by Popmuseum


  • 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel Old Vines Lodi 2012

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    Wine review by Popmuseum


  • Tortoise Creek Chardonnay Jam's Blend 2013

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    Nectarine and elderflower aromas are inviting and have a hint of spice to them. Juicy and fresh in the mouth, with peach and melon notes, some toast and burnt caramel in the midpalate, some vanilla towards the finish where it turns towards a bright and fresh palate decked with peach and a refreshing minerality. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bootstrap Red 2013

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    This Red has robust nose opens with bright fruits of cherry, currantand boysenberry bramble with a juicy mouth-feel and long finish. 90 pts IWR Read More

    Wine review by vino vino1


  • Oak Farm Vineyards Verdelho Lodi 2014

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    The bright lemon and stone fruit aromas are quite lovely with notes of peach, green apple and nectarine. In the mouth it's full flavored with an emollient mouthfeel, somewhat tart and lemony but with a leesy toast character, peach and more floral notes of honeysuckle and elderflower. White pepper and almond notes add some complexity and spice to... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Spellbound Petite Sirah California 2010

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Too lazy for pics today.  Peggy is testing some recipes today--somehing ... me to opened up a low-dollar Lodi Zinfandel from a maker called Scotto.  Easily worth the $8.00, or so, I paid for it, but I'm not going to urge anybody to go out and buy it.I think dinner tonight will be sandwiches from some left-over "Tandoori-style" (we don't really... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Gnarly Head Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine NV

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    I agree. This, their cab, and their authentic red b,ends are all excellent and a great price. Read More

    Wine review by jabotica


  • David Akiyoshi Malbec Lodi California 2013

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    A Naked Wines number. Deep opaque Ruby Purple in the Glass. Opens with jasmine, violets, acacia, then on to chocolate honey white pepper. and then tobacco, more pepper and green pepper. A bit of alcohol fire, but a smooth and balanced mouthful. Long finish of smoky blackberry and plum and peppery mint and thyme. Still young, but bound to get bet... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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