Klinker Brick Winery

Klinker Brick Winery
15887 N Alpine Rd
Lodi, CA  95240

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Tasting Room Open Daily 11–5

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What to Buy

’14 Farrah Syrah
Dark fruit, pepper, plum, chocolate, tobacco, exotic spices $20

’14 Old Vine Zinfandel
Wild strawberries, Satsuma plum, cedar, black cherry, vanilla $19

’14 Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel
Mocha, brambleberries, exotic spice, dark fruit $37

Special Notes

Picnic grounds, sustainable farming practices, pet-friendly, wine club discounts.

Story

Fifth generation grape growers Steve and Lori Felten are often asked why they gave their winery the unusual name of Klinker Brick. Klinker bricks (named for the unusual sound they make when banged together) grace many of Lodi’s historical buildings. These highly regarded bricks were chosen by 1920s craftsmen architects for their distinctive qualities including unique shapes and dark, rich color. They are denser and heavier in weight than regular bricks. A rich, deep color, enormous density, and other unique characteristics also help describe the winery’s exceptional lineup of red wines such as the Old Vine Zinfandel and Farrah Syrah.

The Feltens’ vineyards are primarily Old Vine Zinfandel, managed in 17 individual vineyard blocks of vines ranging from 40 to 120 years old. The vines are mostly head trained and some dry farmed, yielding an average of 2.0 to 3.5 tons per acre. Some of the oldest vineyards have yields as small as one Lodi, California Klinker Brick Winery quarter ton per acre. While there are significant limitations in the quantity of grapes produced, the quality of fruit is exceptional. These outstanding grapes come from several unique vineyards within the Lodi Appellation. Growing the grapes and making spectacular wines from Old Vine Zinfandel is the Feltens’ passion, and it is their mission to make only the finest Zinfandel from some of the oldest vineyards in the world.

But Zinfandel is not the only varietal that’s making a bang at Klinker Brick Winery. Besides the exotic Farrah Syrah, the winery has added several distinctive new wines including a dry style Rosé, a captivating, pungent Cabernet blend called Bricks & Mortar, and two first vintages: a dark, inky Petite Sirah and a refreshingly aromatic Albariño. Sampling all of the wines is even more delightful when one can visit the beautiful tasting room boasting lofty ceilings, concrete brick walls, and plenty of appealing wine-related gift items.


Amenities

Tasting Room: Yes

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: No

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Parings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No

Events

Videos

Klinker Brick Winery - Our Zins

 

A look at Klinker Brick's Zinfandels. 

 

Klinker Brick Winery- How we got Started

Learn about the history of Klinker Brick Winery with owners Steve and Farrah Felton.

Klinker Brick Winery Zinfandel Review

Wine Reviews by Thumbs Up Wine Review: In 2010, a lot of winemakers in California had trouble ripening their fruit due to the cold weather. However, lucky for Klinker Brick Winery (and Zin lovers) the conditions in Lodi were perfect.

Klinker Brick Winery Wild Mushroom Risotto

Creamy risotto enhanced with wild mushrooms, garlic and Parmesan cheese can be a satisfying entrée or side dish. The rich savory flavor begs for a juicy, ripe red wine like the Klinker Brick Winery Farráh Syrah.