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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Tantalus Vineyards

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

  • Peirano Estate Vineyards

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

  • Benson Ferry Vineyards

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

  • Bokisch Vineyards

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

  • Vino con Brio

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

  • Jessie's Grove Winery

    Jessie's Grove Winery is nestled between the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the foothills of th...

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Fields Family Wines Syrah 2012

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    The wine is a lovely bright ruby color in the glass with nice clarity. The ... midpalate that just scream Lodi. There are some nice earthy notes of peat and black pepper on the finish, as the subdued tannins create a nice, smooth, dry finish.See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2015/06/2012-fi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Mccay Cellars Viognier 2014

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    The wine is a pale amber in the glass while the nose is a rather subdued combination of pear and violets. The taste is quite well developed, with lovely flavors of pear, violet and a good bit of minerality. It's not as crisp and shocking to the palate like some white wines can be, but rather has more subdued acidity and a full mouthfeel that m... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Uvaggio Rosato 2014

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    The wine is a lovely vivid pink color in the glass. The nose expresses lovely notes of cherry, plum and rose petals. The taste is quite unexpected, with some bright berry notes up front that yield to tart cherry and some mineral notes of iron midpalate. The finish is quite nice but not particularly long, but quite dry. I'll admit that based ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Harney Lane Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine Lizzy James Vineyard 2012

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    The wine is a lovely deep garnet color in the glass. The nose is just fantastic, with jammy fruit, blackberry, plum and some earthy notes of leather and toasted oak. The taste is surprisingly crisp despite the jammy fruit on the nose, with some notes of tart cherry, blackberry and plum and a hint of rosemary and vanilla. Really nice complexit... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Michael David Winery Petite Petit 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    I must say, this was recommended by a friend. $9.95 and the taste was a hit at a cookout! Very smooth, deep purple color. Very pleased. Flavorful, not to dry like some cabs. Very smooth! I've found a budget priced cab!!!! Read More

    Wine review by woolfepac


  • Klinker Brick Syrah Farrah 2012

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    New world styled Syrah that is nicely fruity without being jammy. It has enough acid to give some balance and finishes with some hefty tannins. This is a big wine that gives big satisfaction. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Wow, 17.4%.  And it's not hot?  That is great.I have posted here ... to get a lot of that from Lodi Zins.  Also, recent vintages from Rosenblum seem to be fruit heavy and high alcohol.  Keep looking.: Read More

    Forum post in the topic Fruit Bomb Fan


  • Black Saint Peter Old Vine Zinfandel 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • David Akiyoshi Sauvignon Blanc Musque Clone Lodi 2014

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    A recent Naked Wines selection. Rarely drink Sauvignon Blanc, so have not developed much of a taste, but I found this one delightful. Opens with grapefruit and in the background, a hint of baker's yeast, then some kiwi and an interesting ripe strawberry scent or two, then green moss, intense kiwi, and sunshine grass. There is a great minerality ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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