Lodi Wine Country Getaways

lodi-wineriesThere are some 40 wineries in Lodi wine country. After three trips to Lodi, we list our favorite mix of wineries. Take two days to explore these wineries and to visit the old downtown area of Lodi. Be sure to let us know if you find a great winery and tasting room we missed. Vote for your favorites

Top Wineries to Visit in Lodi

  • Harmony Wynelands – Tasting room houses a pipe organ
  • Harney Lane – Family of grape growers now making great wines
  • d’Art – Wine and art together
  • Van Ruiten – Another grower turned wine maker
  • Jessie’s Grove – Home of the oldest Zinfandel vines
  • Macchia – Play Bocce, taste “Delicious” Barbera
  • Berghold – Most amazing tasting room anywhere

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Dining and Lodging Recommendations

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Other wineries worth exploring in Lodi

  • Michael David Vineyards – Makes Earthquake Zin
  • M2 Winery – Several award-winning wines
  • St. Amant – “Delicious” Tempranillo
  • Borra Vineyards – 1975 start for this family winery
  • Abundance – Modern tasting room, Bocce Courts

Winery Descriptions, Driving Directions, Tasting Room Hours

Harmony Wynelands
There are two attractions at Harmony. One is of course the wine and the second is the amazing pipe organ. If you are lucky and the place is not too busy, someone will crank up the pipe organ. It is controlled by a laptop computer and there is a nice selection of old favorites. Harmony makes a nice variety of wines including a very dry and delicious Rosé. One wine varietal you seldom see these days is Alicante Bouschet. Harmony makes a good one from vines in Lodi that are 85 years old. Seeing and hearing the historic pipe organ is worth the trip.

Tasting room open Monday to Friday, 11 to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 to 5:30;

Sunday, 12 to 5 pm.
(209) 369-4184, e-mail: info@harmonywynelands.com, Go to website

Harney Lane
This is definitely a winery you don’t want to miss for several reasons. The family owners began farming vineyards at Harney Lane in 1904 and recently started making their owne wine. The tasting room is beautiful, complete with a cozy fireplace. Best of all we found all their wines to be very well made and quite delicious. They make two Zinfandels; the one from Lizzy Vineyards is excellent and is made from Zinfandel vines planted in 1904. Don’t pass up the Rosé; it is one of the better ones we have tasted. Very dry and crisp.

Tasting room open Thursday through Monday from 12-5pm
(209) 365-1900, email: info@harneylane.com Go to website

Yet another very interesting small family-owned winery. One wall of the tasting room is filled with photographs by owner Dave Dart. Dave has taken several of his best photographs and has used his skills with photoshop filters to turn them into unique pieces of artwork. Dave also does artwork with his wines. Once a home winemaker, he has taken his winemaking skills to a professional level. This is a small operation so the wines are only sold at the winery or through the winery’s website. Don’t pass up the Petite Sirah; it is very good.

Tasting room open Friday to Sunday, 12 to 5 pm
(209) 366-2653, email: dave@dartwines.com, Go to website

Van Ruiten
The story of this winery began in the 1950 when John Van Ruiten settled in the Lodi area and planted Zinfandel vines. Fifty years later the family ownes 800 acres of vineyards and a beautiful winery and tasting room. The family keeps only the best grapes for the Van Ruiten label, producing some very exquisite wines. Our favorite wine on our visit was the 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel from Happy Holme Vineyard, the first vineyard planted by John Van Ruiten in 1954.

Tasting room is open daily from 11 to 5 pm.
866-334-5722, e-mail: info@vrwinery.com. Go to website

Jessie’s Grove
The first thing you see as you approach the entrance to this funky and cozy tasting room is a sign that reads “Jessie’s Grove, home to the oldest Zinfandel vines.” These vines were planted in 1888 and are still providing fruit for the winery. Not only are the vines old but so is the tasting room building. It was built in 1870 and has been upgraded, except for the exterior. We liked the wines we tasted, especially the Old Vine Zin. Just the tought of drinking wine made from grapes that old made it taste all that much more delicious.

Tasting Room is open daily from 12 to 5 pm
(209) 368-0880, e-mail: info@jgvwines.com, Go to website

It is a family affair here at the Macchia tasting room. Mother and daughter were working the tasting room when we visited and provided us with much insight into the Macchia wines. Macchia in Italian means “the spot.” For Macchia owners Tim and Lani Holdener, this translates into finding that special vineyard spot which will produce the finest grapes possible. They make several different single-vineyard Zin and Italian varietals of wines. The Zins have curious names like “Serious,” “Voluptuous,” and “Outrageous.” This a fun winery to visit and you can play Bocce and picnic while you sip.

Tasting room open Thursday to Monday 11:00 to 5:00 pm
(209) 333-2600, Go to website

Joe Berghold used to be the CEO of Six Flags and he turned his tasting room into a very entertaining venue. The wine tasting bar is a magnificent antique mahagoney wood structure that is absolutely stunning. So is the array of American Victorian antiques that surround the tasting room. The biggest kick is a 12-piece mechanized band. We were lucky enough to hear it play. We safely say that the wines match the decor of the winery. We thought that overall these wines were the best we tasted on our visits to Lodi.

Tasting room open Thursday to Sunday, 11 to 5 pm, or by appointment.
(209)-333-9291, e-mail:info@bergholdvineyards.com, Go to website