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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

Popular Wineries in Lodi View all

  • St. Barthelemy Cellars

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

  • Gnarly Head Cellars

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

  • Jessie's Grove Winery

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

  • Abundance Vineyards

    Abundance Vineyards is a family owned and operated boutique winery. It has evolved from hard work...

  • Benson Ferry Vineyards

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

  • Irish Monkey

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

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  • Fox, Scherrer also normally has an open house in November, think that time frame will work for you?  We're going to try to make it out there then.OT, discussing Scherrer here just proves your point about the wonderful way snoothers share info about excellent but lesser known wine makers. As a point in fact, we turned pboss on to several of the p... Read More

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  • Greg for President!  Haha..I can't wait to meet you!  You're not a jerk after all! Read More

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  • Would the wine's production need to be overseen by a Rabbi?I think one of the BC Wine guides I'm bringing to OT's has an article about a winery in BC that's making Kosher wine and there's a Rabbi involved and a Jewish winemaker.  I'm intrigued. Read More

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  • Is there any way to work wine in to a Bat Mitzvah's? Read More

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  • See, that's the thing:  It happens right when we have family in town and my daughter's Bat Mitzvah.  Every year, actually twice a year--totally cursed.  I'm going to ask them for a special tasting for all the good publicity I give them. Read More

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  • August 1st-3rd for the Scherrer Fall open house. Come taste and order your futures! Read More

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  • Best thing about Lucha's blog is the guests! ;-)I've been the victim of OT's sarcasm, but remind me to share all my faves with him.  Now we know what gets him started.Joining late here, but that was a great writeup, PBoss.  Funny thing is that I was one of the early touters of Scherrer (search around, you'll see) and I regularly correspond with ... Read More

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  • I have nothing against bloggers. ;)   Read More

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  • Oh geeze...I forgot you do a blog!  I confess, I've not looked at it.  Now, I'm SURE you're the exception to my rule about bloggers!  You're a bike racer, that already makes us better than most people.  Wine loving bike racers, well, we're verging on Deity here. Read More

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  • Hey - That was really entertaining! Way better than most blogs out there.  Of course, mine is the best, and I write it strictly to garner more attention and stroke my massive ego!  I invite you all to go read it so I can collect more hits and brag about all the eye balls peeping my pages.Looking forward to trading more secrets and inside jokes i... Read More

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