Vinoski wines are proudly produced in Lodi, California. Located in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, Lodi is famous for its wine production. Nicknamed the "Zinfandel Capital of the World," Lodi is considered the Zin capital of the world because our vineyards produce about 40 percent of the premium Zinfandel in California and because Lodi Zin has unique characteristics that appeal to aficionados and everyday wine drinkers alike. The highly productive region leads all California wine districts in the production of the state’s top five varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. Today Lodi has over 100 varieties in production and offers a vast portfolio of diverse wines.
In the world of wine, “terroir,” the French word for land, represents the unique place where grapes are grown. The concept of terroir encompasses the soil, geography, and climate of the region. Depending on the wine making process used, the terroir can be expressed to varying degrees in the final product. Lodi’s wine region is divided into seven distinct areas or sub-appellations, all with different soil types and therefore unique-tasting wines. Each area, or sub-appellation will produce unique tasting wines due to soil conditions and geography. Our vineyard is in The Mokelumne River area which shares an almost identical range of elevation as the Jahant area. Its climate, experiencing the same Delta influences as the Jahant area, is described as being notably cool and breezy. With the Lodi region’s most vigorous soils, this area was the earliest planted part of Lodi, and is home to the regions major wine producing facilities. Many of the old growth Zinfandel vineyards feature un-grafted, un-trellised vines that grow free like trees. The older vineyards are also close to the banks of the Mokelumne River, where the soil is fine sandy loam. The unique growing style and soil composition results in the bold, intense red flavor and silky texture that old growth Lodi Zinfandel is noted for.
Many of the old growth Zinfandel vines in Lodi date back to the 1880s and early 1900s. Some local families have wine-making roots that go back as far as five generations, and a few families even have ties back to old world wine makers. Lodi’s Zinfandel grapes were able to survive throughout the 20th century, even during Prohibition and the region’s Zinfandel grapes were in high demand when White Zinfandel gained mass-market appeal in the late 70s and 80s. In 1986, the Lodi region was officially recognized and winemakers could now put the Lodi Appellation on their labels.
Often overshadowed by its famous neighbors Napa Valley and Sonoma, Lodi has something unique to offer wine enthusiasts, with over 85 wineries in and around Lodi, in addition to its downtown shops and restaurants. With its moderate temperature and rich soil, it's no wonder Lodi was ranked one of Northern California’s top wine country destinations! Vinoski Winery leases a vineyard in Lodi region, where we grow, produce, bottle, and ship our wines. Our owner Walt Vinoski chose Lodi because he admires the West Coast's dry and sophisticated style of winemaking, and so began producing Vinoski wine there in 2014, in anticipation of opening his Winery on the East Coast.