With more than 75,000 acres of vineyards that produce approximately 18% of the total wine production in California, Lodi County is a huge wine community that accommodates thousands of tourists each year. Aside from being home to almost 60 wineries that yield the finest wines in the land, Lodi County is particularly popular for its premium grape production that include the five best varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Lodi wine

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History

Wineries in Lodi County, California are among the most established in the region. Tracing back, it can be recalled that the first vineyards in the county were started in the 1800’s—the time when people shifted from mining to farming as they realized the suitability of Lodi’s land and climate for vineyard growing. Lodi boasts of century-old vines which are one of the biggest sources of first rate wines in the country.

From the time vineyards began to sprout in different parts of the county, various industry leaders including Robert Mondavi, famous wine visionary of California, have invested their time and money in this promising land of wine and grapes.

Lodi for Tourists

Undeniably, Lodi is an increasingly rising destination for tourists and wine lovers. Aside from having such a wide array of wineries where you can have free tastes of more than 200 wines, Lodi, California is full of natural beauty that entices bird lovers and nature enthusiasts. Hiking is another main activity for tourists, as the Cosumnes River Preserve serves as a perfect spot for educational tours with great hiking trails that are open year-round. The Sandhill Crane Festival, a celebration done every November, is an ideal time to visit Lodi. This particular period is when a wonderful bird called the Sandhill Crane comes to nest, and is thus available for viewing. Dining is also a favorite past time in Lodi, with such delectable cuisines made even better by top notch wines in the county.

How to enjoy a Lodi Wine Tour

The first stop to consider is the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center where people are allowed to taste over 200 wines from producers who do not have tasting rooms. All information regarding Lodi’s wine industry can be learned here. You can have a look at the demonstration vineyard, learn how to grow grapes,  and discover the beauty of producing superior wines.

Other tourists prefer visiting during the Annual Spring Wine Show on March 22 to 23 at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, where you can enjoy wine tasting, cooking shows, and learn how to make wines. The School Street Wine Stroll and the Lodi Street Faire, which both happen in Downtown Lodi, are historic events where visitors enjoy endless wine tasting and other festive activities. The ZinFest, another joyful event by the Lodi Lake is just right for travelers who want to relax and unwind as they learn winemaking by the soothing view of the lake.

First-rate hotels and accommodations are also perfect spots to begin your wine tour in Lodi, as they often offer free samples of the best wines in town.