Soils from the Sierras
Lodi is a diverse wine region formed thousands of years ago through geological events and alluvial waters. Two major rivers originating in the Sierra Nevada mountain range feed the Lodi appellation – the Mokelumne and Cosumnes. These rivers have brought soils rich in granitic-based minerals that lend complex flavors to the wines of Lodi.
Historically Lodi vineyards were developed in the fine sandy loam soils surrounding the community of Lodi. It’s here along the banks of the Mokelumne River where the majority of Lodi’s century-old own-rooted Zinfandel vineyards lie. This area is noted for producing uniform and balanced vineyards that deliver intense fruit-driven wines with a rich silky texture.
Recent expansion has driven vineyards into previously undeveloped portions of the appellation. Much of this growth has been in the rolling hills along the eastern edge of the appellation where a diverse range of older poor soils are found; these low fertility soils range from heavier clay-based soils in the south to well-drained stony soils in the north. This region is noted for producing dense well-structured reds with rich mouthfeel.