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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • V M V

    Growing premium grapes for over 90 years has been the family passion. Our Lodi Appellation soils ...

  • Tantalus Vineyards

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

  • Harney Lane Winery

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

  • Loredona

    Whether hailing from Old World Italy or New World California, the one common theme in every world...

  • Borra Vineyards

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

  • 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

  • Boneshaker Zinfandel Old Vine 2012

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    Spicy and delicious Read More

    Wine review by Lhers


  • Sounds like your looking for something fruit forward. Try "Gnarly Head" wines out of Lodi. They make a merlot and a cab that should fit the bill. Read More

    Forum post in the topic In Need a Merlot Recommendation


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard 2012

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    My 2nd place wine and the groups 1st Theres some gentle cocoa and mocha on the nose but this is dominated by sweet raspberry and boysenberry fruit that is very fresh with lightly floral and smoky top notes. Medium light on the palate and with a touch of aggressive tannins early on the palate followed by pure, light and transparent red berry, ras... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rare Red 4 Grape Blend

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    Great blend Read More

    Wine review by pcopernik


  • Deep Purple Zinfandel 2009

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    I enjoyed it... The Owl just wanted to listen to Captain Beefheart... Read More

    Wine review by Mosca


  • Ravenswood 'Lodi' Zinfandel 2011

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    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass with very nice clarity. The nose is classic Lodi Zin, rich ripe black fruit, blackberries, black cherry, blueberries and plum over a smoky layer of leather and cedar intertwined with some green grass and herbs. The taste is just a pleasure from the first sip, with rich jammy fruit bursting forward tha... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to ... ... Napa, even Verdelho from Lodi." They suspect, for the first time in a genearation, that there are vineyards in the US the equal of those ancient vineyards they already revere, and they want to come to know and celebrate them.This is a wonderful, unexpected, th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic LA wines, SD vines, London...


  •  You just need to learn how to speak your mind Greg. Everything else follows easily. ;) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV


  • Seems like a one time drive by.Fun thread though. And turned into something completely unexpected.Got a chuckle out of the review Richard Jennings did on the one a few years back in Virginia. It's a very long read but extremely informative.He's one reason I don't do a blog. The compulsion to churn out tasting notes from every wine experience he'... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV


  • The guests ARE definitely one of the highlights on my blog.  Fox has made some excellent contributions.  The Giro TT edition was the best yet (IMHO). Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV


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