Lodi: A Blend of Innovative People And Diverse Environments

Lodi: A Blend of Innovative People And Diverse Environments

 

Innovation. Environmental stewardship. Generational farmers. Quite wonderfully, they all converge in one place: Lodi. This region, with its limitless potential – from diverse terroir to sheer number of thriving grape varieties to gnarly old vines – might very well be a winemaker’s (or lover’s) nirvana. And then there are the people – a community unified by one goal: to make Lodi the most dynamic region in California for growing and making wine. Yes, few places have all the necessary elements – both natural and human – come together exactly so. If you are looking for discovery, there’s no place like Lodi.



The Significance of the Oxbow in the River

(Or, what Lodi has in common with many of the world’s great wine regions.)

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Who’d have thought The Secret Garden would be discovered in Lodi?

(Or, why sipping wine in a storybook setting is good for your soul.)

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What Farm Community Worth Its Salt Doesn’t Have a Show Pony?

(Ours just happens to be the 2018 Winemaker of the Year).

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The Newcomers

With all due respect to Creedence Clearwater Revival, but there are some people who choose to get stuck in Lodi on purpose.

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The History of Lodi

Until—well, here we are, five generations of growers later and Lodi winegrapes are considered to be some of the finest and most coveted in all of winemaking.

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The Largest Collection of Gnarly Old-Growth (Vines) in California

It took Joseph Spenker 154 days to walk (yes, walk) across the country back in 1851. Astonishingly, upon reaching Lodi, the furthest thing on his mind was rest.

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We Boast Some of the World’s Richest Soils for Growing Winegrapes

Suppose God’s little acre was slightly larger. And that the soils that enrich it are carried down from high up in the Sierra’s…

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All Hail Prohibition

Without trying to sound too much like an eighth-grade history teacher, show of hands: who knows what the 18th Amendment to the Constitution was? We say “was” because it was struck down just 13 years after it was enacted.

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The True Story of the Crazy Man in Der Weinberg

(Or, how Lodi came to grow the largest collection of German varietals outside Deutschland.)

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The Legend of Owl Box Tom

With continuous input from farmers, scientists and environmentalists, Lodi Rules has become the most comprehensive (and most copied) sustainable winegrowing program in America.

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Published on May 27, 2021