Borra Vineyards

209-368-2446 1301 E Armstrong Rd
Lodi, CA 95242
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With generations of Italian Piedmontese winemaking in his blood, in 1975 Steve Borra started Lodi’s first tiny bonded boutique winery behind a backyard shack on Armstrong Road. Today, Borra Vineyards encompasses 234 acres of beautiful estate vineyards – cooled by late-afternoon San Francisco Bay breezes – the majority having been certified sustainable under the demanding Lodi Rules program. They’ll tell you they meticulously make their wines in the vineyard, with vine rows ingeniously planted in alignment with the afternoon sun at 47.5° from north for the most optimal ripening.

In the winery, the goal of Swiss-born winemaker Markus Niggli is to faithfully express the unique character of each vineyard block using modern equipment to accomplish traditional winemaking techniques. To this end, natural yeast from the vines and natural ML are used, along with complete bypassing of the press altogether to make the smoothest, most complex wines, most of which are barrel-aged.

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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

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  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a ... The Wine HubSummertime WinesBorra Vineyards Heritage 2013Before there was air conditioning or refrigeration, people drank wine. Look for a field blend to bring you a summer sipper with an historic sense of place. Field blends are wines made from a vineyard where co... Read More

    From the article Superior Red Wines for Summertime

  • Day 2 update:I think the biggest takeaway from this trip is going to be...It ... ... market. Markus Niggli of Borra Vineyards (you may recall tasting his Intuition blend during last year’s Lodi virtual tasting) also joined us to discuss his penchant for oaked Kerner and oaked Riesling. Despite the oak, Markus still manages to elicit the inhere... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Hi everyone, This thread is dedicated to your thoughts about the wines of Lodi, more specifically for those who attend next week's virtual tasting. Here is a link to the virtual tasting page: tasting will take place next Wednesday, June 3rd, at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific.         ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Borra Merlot Lodi 2005


    Nope. Not for me. I tasted 2006 vintage. Very dry, heavy oak. I paid $18 / bottle and was disappointed. I used it as a tri-tip marinade (which was actually good). I did like the fast & easy screw top cap. That's about it. Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi

  • Borra Syrah Blend Lodi Fusion 2006


    Try for yourself. If you enjoy deep fruit flavor and minerals... try this. Read More

    Wine review by gratecheese

  • I know we talked about this back in December, but couldn't find the thread to bring it back, so I'm starting over....What's the group concensus as to where we are in the economic cycle for wine bargains? When we discussed it before, the overall feeling was that we were seeing unprecedented discounting and the deals likely wouldn't get much bett... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bargains-Where are we in the...

  • Borra White Blend Lodi Fusion 2007


    This white rhone has a very floral/pineapple nose... mostly viognier... but blended with roussanne, marsanne.. I found it very floral and fruity on the nose, taste as well, but also having a deep balance... almost a mineral, anise finish.. reminds me of the finish of a russian river chard (though not chard- in any way). Pretty good for my sum... Read More

    Wine review by napagirl68

  • Borra Syrah Blend Lodi Fusion 2006


    I found once this sat open for a while it was quite interesting - the next day was even better (left open 2 hours then refrigerated til next day) good mixed blend - I enjoyed this day 2 much better than day one - a bit more age and this will be quite good. Plum, deep cherry and pepper on the nose - Lots of fruit - black cherry specifically and v... Read More

    Wine review by deconut

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