Discover Lodi wine country | Community Spirit
Wine lovers don’t need to venture far to acquire a variety of fine wines. The Lodi Wine Country is right in our back yard, and has more than 80 wineries and 750 grape growers.
Although Lodi is mostly known for its Old Vine Zinfandel and regular Zinfandel wines, its wine country is also the state's leading producer of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvgnon Blanc and Viognier. But it doesn't stop there. Lodi grape growers grow more than 60 different varieties, everything from Albarino to Torrontes and Gewürztraminer.
“Lodi is a friendly and relaxed wine region with a deep heritage in growing winegrapes for amazing world class wines,” said Camron King, executive director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission. “The Lodi experience is one based in community and passion for the product produced here. Growers, winery owners and the community are all intertwined and this makes for a great Lodi experience for anyone visiting the region.”
The Lodi Wine & Visitor Center offers an opportunity for visitors to sample a variety of the Lodi wines and learn a little more about growers in the area. The center has a selection of more than 200 wines and even has a demonstration vineyard, where visitors can learn more about wine grapes and how it applies to the variety of wines available.
The tasting menu changes weekly and guests can sample wines for $5.
All wines at the center are part of the Lodi Appellation, which was approved by the federal government in 1986. This means all of the wines have Lodi grapes in them.
This includes other major California wineries who buy grapes from the Lodi region.
Farmers have been growing grapes in the area since the 1850’s, and it has grown to more than 100,000 acres of wine grapes today. The region actually produces around 600,000 tons of grapes each year, which is about 20 percent of California’s total wine grape production.
“Many of Lodi's growers have been farming for many generations and have deep roots in the region,” King said. “With a strong tradition of farming and community coupled with a growth in growers opening wineries over the last 2 decades, you have a wine community here in Lodi that is tied together and working well to ensure people know about the quality fruit grown here and great wines made from it.”
The Lodi growers voted to fund the Lodi Winegrape Commission in 1991. The commission conducts programs in marketing and grower education and viticultural research with its $1,600,000 annual budget. It also operates the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center.
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