With a land area of no less than 75,000 acres, nearly 60 wineries and vineyards in the Lodi wine country have been operating and giving some of the best wine varietals one could ever ask for. This started in 1800s where gold miners realized that grapes are so rich and plentiful that it is almost a sin not to harvest it and turn it into wine. Ever since then, Lodi wineries produce quite a lot of wine cases along with bulk wines that comes out without any label each and every year. Some of their more noted wines are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfadel, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Today, one can see that Lodi Wineries weren’t left in the past. With 36 tasting rooms open for all kinds of guests and locals, this is definitely one of the leading wine touring attractions in the USA.
The signature wine varietals at Abundance Vineyards include the Cabernet Sauvignon, Dessert wine, Chardonnay, Merlot, Red Blends, Petite Sirah, Sparkling wine, White Blends, Syrah and Zinfandel among others. The amenities in the winery include a picnic area, performances and concerts which visitors can enjoy as they go for wine visiting tours. Mencarinin Brothers own the winery and Jim Yerkes is the head winemaker and guarantees visitors of the best wine tasting experience ever.
If you are wishing for a more sophisticated day at the Lodi wineries, D’art Wines is the ideal place to go. Their tasting areas are very refined and well-kept. No matter how big or small your family or group is, they can easily entertain all of you. Visitors can just go in and avail of their free tasting of wines with delectable food such as their wonderful chocolate chips and chili.
The boutique winery of Duckhorn Vineyards is among the top rated in Lodi wineries and specializes in production of premium Merlot wines. It was founded by Dan Duckhorn in 1976 and over time, their annual production has been increasing significantly to its current standing of more than 20, 000 cases. The vineyard produces limited single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots alongside the less expensive but highly regarded Sauvignon Blanc. Dan Duckhorn was claimed as the ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by San Francisco Chronicle in 2005. Still, the company has been labeling its wines under different names such as ‘Migration’ and ‘Decoy’.
Van Ruiten Family Winery is located at the mid-way between San Francisco Bay Delta and Sierra Foothills and is owned by Van Ruiten family. The unique climate influenced by the delta characterized by a cool afternoon breeze has been notable in spearheading success of many Lodi wineries including Van Ruiten Family Winery. They produced their first variety of Van Ruiten wine in 1999 and the rest has been history.
Right in the middle of the base of Sierra Nevada and Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta, you can find the marvelous Jessie’s Grove Winery. Unlike most wineries in the Lodi wine country, they take advantage of their location and are a spearhead in promoting the development of wine grapes of excellent quality and its production into premium wine varietals. Just some of the more distinguished wine blends include the 2010 Jessence Blanc, 2011 Muscat Blanc, 2012 Chardonnay, 2010 Dry rose and other classic varietals.