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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Benson Ferry Vineyards

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

  • Klinker Brick Winery

    Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the traditi...

  • Fields Family Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Tantalus Vineyards

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

  • Berghold Estate Winery

    Berghold Vineyards and Winery is an architecturally unique 5,000 case boutique family estate wine...

  • Irish Monkey

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Yay! Thank you Elin McCoy!DV - nope. Didn't know it has been cultivated ... to get wine made in England?Lodi? Never heard of it. Never had any Zin from there either. Thank god they finally planted some Primitivo!  &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...

  • So for Spanish wine drinkers, Albarino is fairly common, more so in the Rias ... ... in the central coast and Lodi. The nose is not overly aromatic but fairly citrusy. The palate is crisp, nicely acidic, with hints of lemon cream, orange peel, a touch of baking spice, and a medium finish. Anyone have a favorite CA albarino producer?  The only ... Read More

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  • 3 Girls Pinot Noir 2013


    Very nice. Not overwhelming, but a good "special" bottle. Purchased at World Market. Read More

    Wine review by utvols2004jb

  • Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2012


    Classic Zin fruit on the nose. In the mouth medium weight with red and black fruits that merge with spicy notes with enough acidity to satisfy. The finish is soft tannins and is medium in length. Overall a nice wine with good QPR. Hate the Zork!!! Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher

  • I am aware that Earthquake is a Zinfandel-based wine, and even though I am a ... the Michael~David Winery in Lodi is a wine I've been drinking lately. It's darn tasty EMARK and while I doubt it's right up your alley; it'd make a good data point in your ongoing research. ; Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking forward! by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher

  • Heavyweight Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Hi there, I kind of stumbled into this site - hoping to gain more ... Charles Michael vineyards in Lodi CA brought me here.  I'm a foodie, so I'm pretty happy this site talks a lot of food accompaniments and has recipes to try out.  &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking forward!

  • Michael David Petite Petit 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by quiltnut851

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2012


    A red fruited and balanced with soft tannins. Not your usual Lodi wine. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher

  • Gnarly Head Authentic Red 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by Fafnir

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