Lodi – California’s Oldest Up-and-Coming Wine Region

People think of Lodi for its gnarly old vine Zinfandel plantings, some of California’s oldest. But things are changing. Named “Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast in 2015, the Lodi AVA that dates from 1886 is re-defining itself for the 21st century. And that story goes beyond the jammy, fruit-forward Zinfandel for which the region is best known.

TO ZIN AND BEYOND

People think of Lodi for its gnarly old vine Zinfandel plantings, some of California’s oldest. But things are changing. Named “Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast in 2015, the Lodi AVA that dates from 1886 is re-defining itself for the 21st century. And that story goes beyond the jammy, fruit-forward Zinfandel for which the region is best known.

About 90 minutes’ drive east of Napa, and twice the size at 100,000 acres planted to wine grapes, Lodi sits at the northern edge of the San Joaquin Valley, catching cooling Pacific breezes and occasional pea soup fog.

LODI COMES OF AGE

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