5 Artisanal Wine Producers
Long the punchline of a famed Creedence Clearwater Revival song, Lodi, situated in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, is in the midst of a renaissance.
A burgeoning group of small-lot winemakers is changing the region’s reputation for macro farming and are focusing on quality, resulting in a new wave of elegant and distinctive wines. Crisp, delicious whites and nuanced Rhône-, Iberian- and Italian-inspired reds are being added to a high-quality category already occupied by lauded old-vine Zinfandel, Lodi’s hallmark.
An increased number of outsiders are planting vineyards and vinifying those grapes, exposing a broader audience to the area’s potential.
These four producers are rooted in the region. They’re intimately familiar with the special plots where the magic vines are planted. They’re making handshake deals with growers like Markus Bokisch, who was instrumental in planting and farming this new guard of varieties. And with their vision and passion, these trailblazers are putting Lodi on a new path.
Photos by Alex Farnum