Lodi: Awesome wine growing region

Located between the San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada Mountains lies Lodi Wine Country, a region quickly emerging as one of California’s most exciting wine destinations.

The Lodi Appellation has a classic Mediterranean climate featuring warm days and cool evenings.  Situated 100 miles directly east of the San Francisco Bay at the edge of the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta, cool “delta breezes” provide the region with a reliable, natural air conditioning throughout the growing season. This perfect climate allows Lodi winegrowers to consistently craft a diverse set of delicious full-flavored varietal wines that display a refreshing natural acidity.

cinsault-pit-soilsLodi’s diverse soils were formed thousands of years ago through geological events and alluvial waters.  Two major rivers originating in the Sierra Nevada mountain range feed the Lodi appellation – the Mokelumne and Cosumnes. These rivers have brought soils rich in granitic-based minerals that lend complex flavors to the wines of Lodi.

Lodi’s warm days and cool evenings are a natural match to varieties originating in the Rhône region of Southern France. Cinsault, Viognier, Syrah, Picpoul Blanc, Grenache Blanc and many others have found a “home away from home” in the inviting soils around Lodi.  These vineyards are providing local winemakers an abundance of variety to craft a wide-range of delicious and thrilling varietal wines.