Lodi, Calif. - Behind the Wine

With 85 wineries and more than 300 labels, Lodi knows a thing or two about wine. But our story only starts there.
By Staff ,

Welcoming visitors from all over, Lodi, California is a premier wine country destination. Conveniently located 90 miles east of San Francisco and 35 miles south of Sacramento, Lodi is a perfect getaway for couples, families, or anyone with a taste for adventure – and of course great wine.

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, foodie, or wine connoisseur, Lodi will surprise and delight. Visit a 5th generation Lodi winery and taste award-winning wine poured by the owner or winegrape grower. Spend the day at Lodi Lake where you can rent kayaks or paddleboards or take a scenic boat tour along the Mokelumne River. Take a stroll in historic Downtown Lodi to explore one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, restaurants, and tasting rooms. Visit Northern California’s largest Serpentarium, Micke Grove Zoo, San Joaquin County Historical Museum, or World of Wonders Science Museum. There’s something for everyone in Lodi Wine Country.

Lodi Wine Appellation

Vineyards near Lodi, California. Photo courtesy of Visit Lodi!

It is hard to talk about Lodi wineries without talking history. Lodi has been growing winegrapes since the mid 1800’s and today is the largest appellation in California with over 190,000 acres in production. Known for hearty Zinfandels, Lodi is also home to all of California’s leading varieties, and has long been the leading producer for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. Today Lodi has over 100 varieties in production and offers a vast portfolio of diverse wines.

Lodi California Wineries

Wine tasting in Lodi, California. Photo courtesy of Estate Crush

With 85+ Lodi wineries, Lodi Wine Country offers an amazing variety of tasting opportunities. Visitors will find Lodi wine tasting rooms large and small, brand new and decades old. Although variety is abundant, one constant remains: the Lodi wine experience. Visitors to Lodi wineries will often find themselves sipping Lodi wine with a fourth-or-fifth generation winemaker, whom is passionate about their product. So what are you waiting for? Lodi wineries are waiting!

Outdoor Adventure in Lodi

Paddleboarding on Lodi Lake. Photo courtesy of Headwaters Kayak

Spend a few hours on a kayak or paddle board floating around Lodi Lake. Or soak up the sun and explore nature along the Mokelumne River. Whether it’s your first or one hundredth time out on the water, you’re sure to find a new adventure every time.

Cycling in Lodi

Cyclefest in Lodi, California. Photo courtesy of Visit Lodi!

Lodi is a great place to bike. For avid cyclists and recreational riders alike, Lodi, California is a top destination. Why do cyclists love Lodi so much? Maybe it’s our year-round Mediterranean climate and flat, endless country roads lined with scenic vineyards, orchards, and tranquil pastures. Perhaps it’s the reward of arriving at dozens of wineries and tasting rooms nestled among vibrant vines for a well-deserved glass of Lodi wine.

For more information:
(209) 365-1195, (800) 798-1810
25 N. School Street, Lodi, CA 95240

View the online Lodi Travel Planner/Lodi Visitor Guide