For more than 150 years, Zinfandel was the most widely planted winegrape variety in California, making it the state’s heritage grape and is today, among the top five. One of the first winegrape varieties to be planted in Lodi during the California Gold Rush, Zinfandel holds a special place in the region’s history. Continued care has allowed many of Lodi’s original, gnarly old Zinfandel vines to thrive, making the region home to the highest concentration in the state. The self-proclaimed Zinfandel Capital of the World, Lodi produces nearly 40 percent of California’s premium Zinfandel. With plantings dating back to 1888, journalists and wine enthusiasts alike have long recognized Lodi as the home of highly acclaimed Old Vine Zinfandels. These vines, many of which are still planted on their own rootsocks, are naturally low-yielding due to age and consistently produce high quality fruit. Although costly to maintain, Lodi growers are committed to preserving these living artifacts of California’s agricultural history.