Van Ruiten Family Winery

Van Ruiten Family Winery
340 W Hwy 12
Lodi, CA  95242

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Phone: 209.334.5722
[email protected]
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Tasting Room Open Daily 11-5

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Private tastings and tours by appointment, picnic grounds, gift shop, sustainable farming practices, wine club discounts


Van Ruiten Family Winery was founded 15 years ago, but its wine-growing history dates back more than 65 years. The winery was founded on John Van Ruiten Sr.’s philosophy that “exceptional grape growing should focus on the quality of grapes that come out of the vineyard, not the quantity.”

The Van Ruiten family harvests its fruit from 1,000 acres of vineyards farmed by Jim and John Van Ruiten. Since their father’s passing in August 2013, they have continued to implement the farming practices that they were taught by their dad as young boys. The family chooses only the best fruits for wines that bear the family name. They take pride in producing quality fruit to craft into award-winning wines.

Year after year, Van Ruiten wines find their way into the winner’s circle. In fact, in 2011 The Wall Street Journal named the 2007 Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel The Best Zinfandel in America. Beyond an impressing selection of Zinfandel, the winery's portfolio includes an impressive lineup of Bordeaux varietals, including the 2012 Cab-Shiraz, a full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah loaded with flavors of blackberries, plum, and cherry.

Currently, three Van Ruiten generations are involved in the operations ranging from vineyard management to production and sales. The family continues to explore and implement new advances in sustainability and energy efficiency as conditions evolve in management from the vineyards to the winemaking facility. They are dedicated to putting back into the land that which they take from it.

The Van Ruiten Family Winery tasting room was voted Best Winery and Tasting Room by The Record’s Best of San Joaquin in 2011, 2012, and 2013. It’s a wonderful place to sample from the winery’s superb portfolio of 12 varietals, including Carignane from 107-year-old vines and Zinfandel from the first vineyard John Sr. planted in the 1950s. Guests relax on the outdoor patio and enjoy tasting wines served by a knowledgeable staff that enhance their overall wine tasting experience.

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Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel label


Tasting Room: No

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 Pairings: 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