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

  • Lobo Loco Wines

    At Lobo Loco Wines we are committed to sustainable farming practices. Our grapes are grown and ou...

  • Housley's Century Oak Winery

    Like most successful wine families, the Housley's began in the industry working the soil. Our Cha...

  • St. Barthelemy Cellars

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

  • Onus

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

  • Benson Ferry Vineyards

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

  • Peirano Estate Vineyards

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • 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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  • Dude that's weak. This forum is about sharing, comparing and enjoying wines. Wine geeks share. I never hold back on new hot producers and/or limited production wines. If the wines sell out maybe you should be on their mailing list and take advantage of them when they release?Sorry, but someone had to say it. Read More

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  • Yes PBOSS, Mazzocco is a real winner. It's part of Ken and Diane Wilson's group of wineries, and every one of the eight are great. Diane, who makes the juice for Wilson, was named International Womans Winemaker of the Year a few years back. I first discovered Wilsons almost two decades ago when it was appointment only. If you missed Mazzocco, I ... Read More

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  • I'm glad to hear about Mazzocco - it came highly rated by a couple we met there. Would love to know the 'unmentionable' sleeper. Read More

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  • Hope you bought the optional bread at Scopa...to die for! Your trip sounds like one I do about every six weeks. If anybody else is looking to hit the wine road in RR and Dry Creek, her's a couple sure bets. Zins:Mazzocco, which does about two dozen single vineyard Zins...and not one of them is less than perfection.Armida, does a great Maple Zin ... Read More

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