Located east of San Francisco at the edge of the Sacramento River Delta in California’s Central Valley, known for its agricultural abundance, the Lodi appellation is noted for its classic Mediterranean climate and distinctive sandy soils. With conditions like this, it’s no wonder Lodi is California’s largest producer of top quality wines and wine grapes. This well developed wine region contains more than 75,000 acres of vineyards and leads the state in its production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel grapes, with a total of sixty grape varietals growing in this ideal land.
The benefit of visiting a thriving wine region like Lodi is that guests can pick from visiting a huge, corporate-style winery that produces hundreds of thousands of cases per year or they can taste at a smaller boutique winery that only produces several hundred cases annually. Lodi is even home to wineries that produce only several barrels a year. With all this variety and range in size to choose from, Lodi is for any type of wine traveler: it’s perfect for those who wish to visit their favorite brand name label, as well as those who wish to purchase a small-production bottle that will never be duplicated.