5 Places to Visit in Lodi

Lodi blends the past with the present into contemporary Zinfandel, unique white wines and surprising bottlings made from Iberian and Italian grapes.
Photo by Meg Baggott

In this laid-back region, fourth- and fifth-generation farming families are now making contemporary-style Zinfandel and experimental white wines. In addition, they’re branching out to craft unusual Iberian and Italian varieties.

 Lodi Road Map

Map of Lodi, CA

5 Lodi Destinations

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    Lodi Wine & Visitor Center

    Providing a terrific introduction to the region’s wines, this tasting room features bottlings from nearly 80 local vintners, with eight different wines served daily. The gift shop highlights local crafts and products.

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    Michael David Winery

    The fast-growing producer of Seven Deadly Zins and Freakshow Cabernet is expanding its busy café and tasting room. The house-made pies here are not to be missed.

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    Oak Farm Vineyards

    You can book a private tasting room for up to 10 guests at this new winery built on a historic homestead, or simply stroll into its beautiful wood and stone hospitality center.

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    M2 Wines

    A summer concert series and some of the area’s richest, ripest wines await guests at this contemporary-styled winery.

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    Lodi Lake Park

    The tree-lined lake makes this park a cool draw for visitors and locals. Take a kayak lesson, book a boat tour of the Mokelumne River or enjoy a swim.

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Published on June 13, 2017
Topics: Lodi
About the Author
Jim Gordon
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

Jim Gordon has been covering the wine industry as an editor and reporter for more than 30 years. In 2006 he became editor of Wines & Vines, the media company for North American winemakers and grape growers. He directs the editorial content of Wines & Vines in the monthly print magazine, digital and social media. Gordon is also a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine and past director of the annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. He was editor in chief for two books by publisher Dorling Kindersley of London: Opus Vino, and 1000 Great Everyday Wines. Gordon was managing editor of Wine Spectator for 12 years, and editor in chief of Wine Country Living magazine for four, during which time he helped create Wine Country Living TV for NBC station KNTV in San Jose. He lives in Napa, California. Email: jgordon@wineenthusiast.net.


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