POSTED ON October 31, 2019 | IN Lodi | BY Joe Becerra

About the California Wildfires

Watching the national news, one would think that all of California’s wine country is on fire. Those of us who live in the Bay Area know the truth. The Kincade Fire is in the hills of Geyserville in Sonoma County. Sadly, it has destroyed two wineries, damaged a few other wineries, and burned some vineyards in the Alexander Valley. The Kincade Fire 60% contained. The wine country around the Kincade Fire will be back and ready for tourism soon. The Bokisch winery is in Lodi and nowhere near the Kincade Fire. Traveling to Lodi is safe.

Bokisch Vineyards are organic vines
Sustainable and organic – Bokisch Vineyards

Bokisch Vineyards and Spanish grapes

Bokisch Vineyards is one of the most exciting wineries in Lodi wine country. It is very different from the mainstream Lodi winery. Owner Markus Bokisch and his wife Liz bring a Spanish influence to Lodi wine country. They lived in Spain and learned about wine and food. Bokisch looked for a place to grow Spanish wine grapes and found that spot in Lodi.

While Lodi is famous for its big and bold Zinfandel, Marcus Bokisch is famous in two areas. First, growing Spanish varietals successfully before anyone else in Lodi. Second, Marcus is a skilled vineyard farmer. He advises and works with many growers in the Lodi area. His main vineyard is the Clement Hills, a sub-AVA of Lodi.

On the farm, Bokisch grows and produces these Spanish varieties: Garnacha, Monastrell, Albariño, Garnacha Blanca, Verdejo and Tempranillo. Markus also sells many of his Spanish grapes to other wineries. Not only are the wines delicious, but they are also priced at consumer-friendly prices.

Bokisch spanish varietals
Spanish Garnacha Blanc – a delicate and delicious white wine

Planning a Trip to Bokisch and other Lodi wineries

The best time to travel to the Lodi wine country is in the Spring and Fall. The weather is usually ideal for traveling during these periods. The best place to lodge is Wine & Roses. There are also places to stay in the town of Lodi. See our list of Best Lodi Lodging. We also have a list of excellent Lodi Restaurants.

There several other Lodi wineries we like. Follow our Lodi Wine Trails.

Bokisch picnic area
Bokisch picnic area – a great place to picnic among the vines