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

  • Syrah

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

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • Van Ruiten Family Winery

    The Van Ruiten Family has been growing grapes in the Lodi area for more than 50 years. What star...

  • Peirano Estate Vineyards

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

  • Peltier Station Winery

      The Schatz family has been growing grapes in the Lodi Appellation since the 1950's.  They ...

  • Borra Vineyards

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

  • Harney Lane Winery

    Love. Laughter. Family. These are the three main ingredients we pour into every bottle of Harney ...

  • Vino con Brio

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

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Lodi on Snooth

  • Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc Lodi 2014

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Cline Lodi Zinfandel 2013

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    More like a robust cab than a zin. Missing the zin sweetness. Well balanced. Would buy again but it was not on target with the varietal. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vine 2012

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    This Old Vine Zin is a deep garnet color and has a rich smoky, black cherry aromas with hints of dark chocolate and a distinct spike of cardamon spice. At the first sip you get a smooth, deep overripe cherry taste with a sweetness on the tip of your tongue, which teases the taste buds. After a while the sweetness settles down a little but the ... Read More

    Wine review by 40somethinglife


  • Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2013

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    This is a fabulous very full-bodied rich red! The blackberry and cassis fruit tasting notes are succulent! We paired it with olives, sharp cheddar on multigrain bagette dipped in peppery/herbed olive oil with garlic stuffed olives. I think it would be excellent with any spicy cuisine, which makes the spicy backnote of this wine explode on your ... Read More

    Wine review by winningwines


  • Noble Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 337 2013

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    Color of this is dark cherry with some purple tones and nice legs running down the side of the glass. Huge blackberry and black cherry on the nose...subtle spice and oak...perhaps some vanilla sweetness. The mouthfeel is dry and isnt overpowering on the palate....very fruit forward, with lots of dark ripe berries...grape, slight cherry, black ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • David Akiyoshi California 2013

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Urban Legend Cellars Vermentino 2015

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Urban Legend Cellars Grenache Blanc 2015

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Oak Ridge Winery Zinfandel Lodi Moss Roxx Ancient Vine 2007

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    Wine review by hoffert


  • Ghostrider Ungrafted Red Lodi 2014

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    Dark and smoky aromas of rich red raspberry and chalky notes of red currant and spice. This is velvety in the mouth with loads of bright cherry flavor, fresh ripe raspberry and toasted vanilla cream. A fun and easy drinking red blend that feels elegant and soft in the mouth while not being afraid to dish out a bit of spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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