Everyone knows that Robert Mondavi is one the most influential people in the American wine industry. But what many don’t know is that he grew up in Lodi, just 20 minutes north of Stockton, California. Known for bringing fame to wines in Napa Valley, Mondavi helped develop the northern portion of California’s Central Valley and the heart of California’s Zinfandel production.
Stockton has capitalized on the grapes specific to this area, forging its very own wine trail in the agricultural capital of the world. And as Stockton’s wine economy continues to grow, family-owned and boutique wineries are offering locals and visitors a tasting perspective that reflects the rich soil, artistic styling and ranching history known throughout Stockton. In fact, winemaking has become such an integral part of the culture here, it’s celebrated in a variety of events throughout the year. In addition to tasting quality wines, explore more history on Stockton’s wine trail by discovering some of these local wineries and tasting rooms.
17343 N. Cherry Rd
Lodi, CA 95240
The grounds of this winery are immaculate and regal—an impressive 85 acres of wine grapes, producing Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Syrah. The Mediterranean microclimate found in this area of the Lodi appellation is ideal for these grapes and the old-world style of production. Since 1986, the family’s namesake has been handcrafting artisan wines that speak to its personal history, which is especially prominent in the tasting room—through ornamental touches of Victorian art and design, personally collected by the family.