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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Vino con Brio

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

  • Borra Vineyards

    With generations of Italian Piedmontese winemaking in his blood, in 1975 Steve Borra started Lo...

  • Peirano Estate Vineyards

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

  • Michael~David Winery

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

  • Irish Monkey

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

  • Gnarly Head Cellars

    A passion for Zinfandel and a desire to make great Zin, led our winemaking team to Lodi, Calif...

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Lodi on Snooth

  • David Akiyoshi California 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • (Okay, it's like throwing the basketball off the backboard to pad your ... East-Side WInery, Lodi."  Back when they owned it, the winery wasn't the Kirschenmann but the Baumbach Vineyard; Tegan Passalacqua re-named it when he bought it from the K family.  Now it makes some of the most in-demand Zin around.  Very cool Read More

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  • Tortoise Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Cherokee Lane 2012


    Nice for me not overly fruity. A nice everyday wine Read More

    Wine review by hallycat

  • Hey, Tom, I've had a couple wines from Barnard Griffin, including a ... ... (and the Sierra foothills, Lodi, Dunnigan Hill... you get the idea), I drink mostly Euro wines as the reference points.So last night we split it between California and Europe.  We went out for dinner at a funny place near our apartment, which we leave next week (for an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • From prior reading, it seemed like those investments in 2001 were pretty key in ... in ... his own vineyard in Lodi that he recently purchase Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • David Stone Merlot California 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Joyy

  • Hi All!We have belonged to a wine making club for over 20 years and make two ... from Napa, Alexander Valley, Lodi, Amador, Chile, and Argentina.Yes, we have tried most all of the Italian wines and enjoy many of them, but our favorite is the Barolo; favorite producer in Bruno Giacosa. Yes, we also enjoy Viognier, Savignon Blank, and French whi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Esol, I'm going to make a bit of a leap here and recommend the wines of the ... the Michael David Winery in Lodi. http://www.michaeldavidwinery.com/Our-Wines/Red-Wines Their EarhQuake series sounds right up your alley. Their Sixth Sense Syrah is a winner als Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best Inky Wines? by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher

  • Long Shadows seems like a guest chef program, but in wine.  In college, ... I guzzled a Lodi PS that he bottled and sold at the discounter and elsewhere for sub-$10.  It was awesome with lamb chops.  I just had a Crozes-Hermitage that was pretty darn good that he did--he went international a while ago.  Some of it is just so-so. He's very much ... Read More

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  • Klinker Brick Syrah Lodi Farráh 2010


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    Wine review by mattbakhoum

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