Van Ruiten Family Winery

209-334-5722 340 West Highway 12
Lodi, CA 95242
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The Van Ruiten Family has been growing grapes in the Lodi area for more than 50 years. What started out as a table grape community slowly transitioned into the growing of wine grapes in the early 1900’s. Among the flourishing vines was the legendary Lodi Zinfandel. John’s first acres of Zinfandel still remain as part of the estate today. These Zinfandel vines are among the oldest, most historic and shyest bearing vines. Our newest addition in 2007 was the planting of our 40 acre Primitivo vineyard. This red varietal, also known as Zingarello, is genetically related to California’s Zinfandel. It originated and is still mainly grown in Southern Italy, but it is starting to make its way around the world. Throughout the last five decades the farming practices have changed with the introduction of new technology and eco-friendly farming techniques. In an effort to move in the direction of Sustainable Farming Practices we erected nesting boxes for owls throughout our vineyards. The owls that Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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  • Van Ruiten Family Winery Glory Days Viognier 2009


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    Wine review by jwgwine

  • Glory Days Merlot Lodi 2009


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    Wine review by ceekaynj

  • Van Ruiten Vineyards Late Havest Viognier Lodi 2007


    Oh Ya! An excellent late harvest. Bottle reads "Nectar of the Gods" and it truly is heavenly. Silky mouth feel, hint of apricots. I'll be going back for more. Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi

  • Van Ruiten Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi 2008


    Tried this this past week and was very surprised. It was very smooth with a dusky finish. Read More

    Wine review by wolf359jg

  • Glory Days Zinfandel Zinfandel United States Lodi California Red 2009


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    Wine review by Sully2010

  • I am hosting a Schreiner's Winers tasting Saturday and we're covering zins.  I was wondering what some Snooth favorites are.  I am looking to get 6-9 bottles from various areas and price ranges.  I already have a 2007 Plungerhead.  I was thinking something from Ridge?  Robert Biale?  Renwood, Ravenswood or Cosentino.  Thoughts? Read More

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  • Van Ruiten Family Winery Old Vine Zinfandel 2008


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    Wine review by Silverlakeguy

  • Just want to introduce a Winery that I just discovered. It New to me but Has been around along time! It is run by three generations  of the Van Ruiten Family. Excellent Wines! They have qiute a wide variety of Varietals. Chardonnay,Pinot Grigio, Cabernet,Cabernet/Syrah, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir a Double Barrel Chardonnay and an award winning Old... Read More

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  • Van Ruiten Zinfandel Lodi 2007


    I found this Zin to be fantastic. A gorgeous dark ruby red color, dark berry aromas, a taste of rich berries, dark chocolate, spices, med acidity, med+ tannins that develop well, long lasting finish. Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • Great Tasting room. I really like the family owned winerys.

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  • Van Ruiten Family Winery Old Vine Zinfandel 2006


    Great Zin! Was select as the best in California. Read More

    Wine review by RWine

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