A Region Worth Every Drop: Browse Wine Country, Lodi Style.
Peruse nearly one hundred wineries with tastes as unique as the families that made them. (MAKE IN CAPS)
Whether you’re a local or someone in search of that perfect sip from afar, Lodi offers tasting rooms that boast history within their walls. From winemaking families who have grown with the land, to new tastes on the trail, you’re sure to experience the lasting charm of the appellation. Discover a new stop along your winetasting route in our following section and be sure to pick up our Wine Dine 209 Magazine for a concise list of wineries!
A History in the Aging:
With the perfect Mediterranean climate, Lodi’s wine region has always boasted a natural vintner paradise. In fact, before settlers arrived, the Calaveras River was known as Wine Creek by hunters, all due in part of the bountiful stretches of vines that flourished along its banks.
Fun Along the Vineyards
If there’s one thing our wine appellation is known for—besides the wine, of course—it’s the soirees, music festivals, and barrel tastings hosted along the vineyards. Read and discover some of the most highly anticipated wine events hosted by the families and locals that take wine tasting to a whole new level.
Taste of the Delta
Grab a ticket and help yourself to incredible cuisine and a variety of wines as you show your support for the California Delta Chambers!
Delicato Vineyards Annual Arts Show
Savor the rich bouquet of Delicato’s wines while browsing the art gallery and cast your vote for your favorites! Each piece is up for sale and yours to take home.
Revel in a summer evening celebration with food, wine, and music while supporting the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Wine & Chocolate Weekend
Wrap your taste buds around over fifty wineries supplying live music, barrel tastings, and, of course, the rich pairings of wine and chocolate!
Zinfest Wine Festival
Let your worries slip down the river while exploring the tastes of 200 different wine selections. Listen to live music and take home a commemorative wine glass.
Pixie Woods Wine Tasting
Take a stroll in Pixie Woods while tasting superb wines from California wineries, sampling hors d’oeuvres, and enjoying entertainment and silent auctions.
Lodi Wine & Food Festival
Get your grape on and pick up some delectable apps, because with live music and vendors from across the region, you’re going to be doing nothing but the hop and flop when you’re full!
Moonlight Sip & Stroll
Stockton Butterfly Auxiliary hosts a night for wine and food lovers, boasting dozens of locally crafted varietals alongside food vendors from across San Joaquin, and incredible works of art.
From dark, rich ruby wines, to specialty selections that tend toward lighter shades, we’ve got something tucked along the vines for every discerning wine aficionado. So sit back, select your bottle, and sip through each renowned wine stop along our lovely appellation.
When you want a tasting room that’s as rich in friendly faces as it is in fine wine, you go to Barsetti, where the tasting room in Old Town Galt draws new and old friends alike. Sip along to painting parties and live music, and relax along the outdoor patio.
400 4th St., Ste. 150, Galt, (209) 744-6062, BarsettiVineyards.com
Consumnes River Farms
For over four generations, the family behind Consumnes River Farms has tended to the rich and abundant soils of the Central Valley. Today, they are the curators of fine wines that include Chardonnays and Grand Cuvee Sparklings, vibrant Old Vine Zinfandels, and more. Stop by and enjoy the fruits of their labor while sampling some of their wine vinegars and olive oils alongside incredible blends.
28305 N. Thorton Rd., Thorton, (209) 334-5544
A lush oasis on the Lodi Wine Trail, Durst Winery boasts first-class wines and an atmosphere to match. Owners and winemakers Cassandra and Dan Durst invite guests to sip varietals in their own backyard where an environmentally conscious tasting room sits. Relax on the covered patio, listen to live music, and bring a picnic. “Our home is your home,” the Dursts agree.
10173 E. Acampo Rd., Acampo, (209) 601-1413, DurstWinery.com
Harney Lane Winery
Perhaps the most notable aspect of Harney Lane’s business model is that 95 percent of their wine is sold at the winery itself. “Our winery maintains a focus on handcrafted, award-winning, limited production wines,” Co-owner Jorja Lerner explains. Tasters step in to sip samples ($10 for a tasting session that is waived with wine purchase), and enjoy artisan cheese platters.
9010 E. Harney Ln., Lodi (209) 365-1900, HarneyLane.com
A brilliant array of wines await your discerning palate at Lodi Vintners. Choose from Rosé that notes delicate hints of strawberry and rhubarb, or Chardonnay unfiltered, with pear and apple aromas. If reds are your pleasure, try your tastes with Petite Sirah, rich in blackberry fruit, or Zinfandel, bundled in riveting berry flavor. Drop by for a swirl of the stem and enjoy the rustic comforts of the tasting room.
3750 E. Woodbridge Rd., Acampo, (209) 368-2019, LodiVintners.com
The name says it all at Macchia, where the moniker itself means “the spot” in Italian. Here, it’s hard to turn down the parade of appropriately named wines, including a “Vivacious” 2012 Nebbiolo—a popular choice of famous Italian variety normally sourced from the Piedmont region, and “Delicious” a 2013 Barbera—a food-friendly wine brought to California by early Italian immigrants. 7099 E. Peltier Rd., Acampo, (209) 333-2600, MacchiaWines.com
With their new tasting room in downtown Lodi, McCay Cellars promises sublime sips of Rhone varietals, Rosés, and Zinfandels that truly showcase the appellation. Lounge along the patio in the summer months or enjoy the rustic, intimate interior with a glass in hand and laughter amongst friends.
100 S. Sacramento St., Lodi, (209) 368-9463, McCayCellars.com
Mettler Family Vineyards
While Cabernet Sauvignon may be their most popular offering, Mettler Family Vineyards creates a number of unique varietals such as Aglianico, Pinotage, and Muscat Canelli, all exclusive to the vineyard’s tasting room. The family chooses the best lots of grapes from their vineyards to ensure every vintage stays true to the Mettler reputation of quality.
7889 E. Harney Ln., Lodi, (209) 369-3045, MettlerWine.com
Twisted Barrel Winery
The key to success isn’t quantity, but quality. This is the tried and true business model that Twisted Barrel Winery stands behind when crafting their Italian and Spanish varietals. Share a glass among friends and family during your visit, and savor the rich flavors of Sangiovese and Tempranillo, or revel in subtle nuances of citrus in Chardonnay or Symphony. Dare to try the new 2015 Touriga Nacional? It’s yours for the tasting.
112 W. Pine St., Lodi, (209) 334-2554, TwistedBarrelWinery.com
With more than 80 years of winemaking experience, the Weibel family is experts of their craft. Combining old-world winemaking techniques and traditions with a commitment to service, the family label is home to both sparkling and fine wines. Indulge in romantic citrus flavors in Weibel’s new tasting room in the heart of downtown
Lodi. 9 N. School St., Lodi, (209) 370-6013, Weibel.com
Elite Wine Shipping
Looking to take some of your wine tasting experiences home with you, but not too keen on traveling back with the bottle? No problem! Elite Wine Shipping is perfect for those visiting the Central Valley or who want to send off a gift, offering temperature-controlled shipping to just about anywhere in the nation. Know your wine is in expert hands and track the status of your package as it makes its way to your requested destination!