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Discover Lodi—a world-class wine country getaway
October 22, 2013
Home to more than 85 wineries and 50 tasting rooms, Lodi is a premier wine country getaway. What surprises many, however, is that this San Joaquin County jewel is rooted in wine. For over 150 years, Lodi has been a major producer of wine grapes and in 2011 the grape commodity in the County was valued at over $286 million. Today, the Lodi region produces wine grapes for 60 varietals across 100,00 acres of vineyards, and provides an average of 40 percent of the state’s total Zinfandel. Visitors here will find everything from traditional Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay, to exotic Mediterranean varieties favored by vintners near and far.
For Wine Country visitors, Lodi is a special place for discovering new tastes in a comfortable setting with a personal touch. “It’s great to now, as a vintner, have the opportunity to interact directly with tasters and consumers. They tell us time and time again that they love Lodi because it is not pretentious and that when in the tasting room you can often talk to the grower or the owner, which are often the same thing,” said Kyle Lerner, owner of Harney Lane Winery and member of the Lodi Winegrape Commission. Many Lodi area wineries are grower-owned by multiple generation farming families.
The Lodi Wine & Visitor Center and Lodi Wine Trail are perfect starting points for newcomers. Located on the grounds of the Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center features a tasting room with varietals from dozens of local wineries, a demonstration vineyard, and a gift shop. From the Center, the picturesque Lodi Wine Trail winds along scenic country roads to dozens of family-owned and operated boutique wineries, as well as major operations such as Oak Ridge Winery and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.
In addition to world-class wine tasting, Lodi offers year-round recreation, including kayaking, fishing, and birding on the nearby Delta waterways and Mokelumne River. Historic Downtown Lodi features boutique shopping, delicious restaurants, wine tasting, and events such as First Friday Art Hop. Nearby attractions and activities include Micke Grove Zoo, San Joaquin Historical Museum, and skydiving adventures high above Lodi vineyards.