The oldest operating winery in Lodi, California, Oak Ridge Winery originated as a winemaking cooperative of local grape growers. Today, the winery is owned by the Maggio, Reynolds, and Dondero families, who are committed to introducing as many people as possible to their wonderful wines.
Lodi has long been blessed with warm days and cool evening breezes, creating ideal growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel. All of these top Lodi varieties have thrived through the years in Oak Ridge Winery’s vineyards. In fact, under the direction of Nick Karavidas and Winemaker Chue Her, Zinfandel is a singular phenomenon. The portfolio presents an impressive series of handcrafted Zinfandels using Old Vine grapes. The 2010 Maggio Old Vine Zinfandel won Gold at the 2010 San Diego International Wine Competition and was named one of The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Wine Club Annual Dozen Best Buy Wines from a field of 800 entries. Another Zin, the 2010 Moss Roxx, earned Gold medals in the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the 2010 San Diego International Wine Competition, and the 2011 Pacific Rim Competition.
The winery produces its wines in small lots and maintains its tradition of offering custom winemaking services to other Lodi wineries. After an extensive and comprehensive renovation in 2002, Oak Ridge Winery’s state-of-the-art facility is able to meet greater volume, style, and quality demands.
Family-owned and operated, Oak Ridge offers several special venues for both small and large private get-togethers. Undoubtedly, the most unique of these is the winery’s tasting room. This historical landmark was converted from the original winery’s 50,000-gallon redwood tank. It still serves as a fun tasting room by day and an intimate party room by night for up to 20 guests. The winery’s original brandy distillery is ideal for banquets of up to 175, and its adjacent courtyard hosts groups of up to 60.