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LODI OLD VINE
VINEYARDS

Old, untrellised vineyards of many of Lodi’s original varieties still exist in the region today, most of them planted on their own rootstocks around the City of Lodi in the historic Mokelumne River AVA. Here are a sampling of those vineyards.

1886

Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault, planted 1886. Owned by the Spenker Family, Jessie’s Grove Winery.

Michael David Winery, Birichino, Turley Wine Cellars, Fields Family Wines, Jessie’s Grove Winery

A 25-acre own-rooted, dry-farmed vineyard planted in deep sandy loam on 10 x 10 spacing in the Mokelumne River AVA. Farmed in accordance with LODI RULES.

1889

Royal Tee Vineyard Zinfandel Field Mix, planted 1889. Owned by the Spenker Family, Jessie’s Grove Winery

Jessie’s Grove Winery, Alquimista Cellars

A 4.95-acre Zinfandel vineyard mixed with Carignan (10.5%), Tokay (4%), Mission (5%), and Black Prince (0.5%) planted in fine sandy loam soil on the west side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1900

Spenker Ranch Block 4 Vineyard Carignan, planted 1900. Owned by the Spenker Family, Jessie’s Grove Winery.

Jessie’s Grove Winery, Markus Wine Co.

A head-trained vineyard planted in sandy loam on the west side of the Mokelumne River AVA not far from the Mokelumne River.

1900s

Scottsdale Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1900s. Owned by the Mettler and Lerner Families, Harney Lane Winery.

Harney Lane Winery

A 2.5-acre head-trained, own-rooted vineyard planted on the west side of the Mokelumne River in the Mokelumne River AVA. Farmed in accordance with LODI RULES.

1901

Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1901. Owned by Jerry and Bruce Fry, Mohr-Fry Ranches.

St.Amant Winery

An 8.3-acre own-rooted vineyard planted in 1901 in deep, well-draining sandy loam with typical yields less than 2 tons/acre. Farmed in accordance with LODI RULES.

1903

Lewis (Centennial) Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1903. Owned by Charlie Lewis.

LangeTwins Winery & Vineyards

A goblet-trained, spur-pruned vineyard block planted in 1903 in well-draining, beach-like, alluvial soils. Farmed in accordance with LODI RULES.

1904

Lizzy James Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1904. Owned by the Mettler and Lerner Families, Harney Lane Winery.

Harney Lane Winery

A 20-acre head-trained vineyard grafted over from Black Prince and planted in deep, porous Tokay beach-like sandy loam soil on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA. Farmed in accordance with LODI RULES.

1907

Steacy Ranch Zinfandel, planted 1907. Owned by Turley Wine Cellars.

Turley Wine Cellars

A vineyard planted on St. George rootstock in sandy loam soil and interspersed with Grenache, Carignan, and Mission in the Mokelumne River AVA.

1909

Rauser Vineyard Carignan Field Mix, planted 1909. Owned by Steve Felten, Klinker Brick Winery.

Klinker Brick Winery McCay Cellars

An own-rooted Carignan vineyard mixed with Alicante Bouschet and Zinfandel planted in the oxbow of the Mokelumne River on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1909

Rous Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1909. Owned by Craig Rous.

Ironstone Vineyards, Macchia, McCay Cellars

A head-trained vineyard grafted entirely onto St. George rootstock on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA with yields of 2.5 tons per acre.

1910s

Katusha’s Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1910s. Owned by Morgan Twain-Petersen, Bedrock Wine Co.

Bedrock Wine Co.

An own-rooted vineyard planted in the oxbow of the Mokelumne River in Tokay fine sandy loam in the Mokelumne River AVA.

1915

Faith “Lot 13” Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1915. Owned by Michael McCay.

McCay Cellars

A head-trained 10-acre vineyard planted on its own rootstocks in an oxbow of the Mokelumne River on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA in fine sandy loam soils with undertones of limestone.

1915

Kirschenmann Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1915. Owned by Tegan Passalacqua, Turley Wine Cellars and Sandlands.

Turley Wine Cellars, Carlyle Winery, Arnot-Roberts, Bedrock Wine Co., Newsome Harlow Wines, Sandlands, Precedent Wine

A head-trained, dry-farmed, own-rooted vineyard planted in the oxbow of the Mokelumne River on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA in sandy loam with underlaying chalk and limestone.

1916

Soucie Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1916. Owned by Kevin Soucie.

m2 Wines, Michael David Winery

An own-rooted, head-trained vineyard planted in DeVries sandy loam on the far west side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1918

Dairy Vineyard (a.k.a. Schmiedt Ranch) Zinfandel, planted 1918. Owned by the Schmiedt Family.

Twisted Roots Winery, Macchia

A 4-acre head-trained, own-rooted vineyard planted in sandy loam planted in the oxbow of the Mokelumne River on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1920

Süess Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1920s. Owned by Markus Bokisch, Bokisch Vineyards.

Bokisch Vineyards

A 15-acre own-rooted, head-trained vineyard of traditional, goblet-shaped vines planted in the Clements Hills AVA in fine talcum powder-like sandy loam soil.

1920s

Giorgi Ferrari Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1920s. Owned by Isabel Giorgi Ferrari.

Delicato Family Vineyards

A planting in sandy loam soil on the far west side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1920s

Marisa Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1920s. Owned by Steve Felten, Klinker Brick Winery.

Klinker Brick Winery

A mix of own-rooted and grafted Tokay vines planted in in sandy loam soil on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1920s

Noma Ranch Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1900s. Owned by Leland Noma.

Macchia

A less than 8-acre own-rooted, spur-pruned, and dry-farmed vineyard planted in sandy loam on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1927(&1930)

Mule Plane Vineyard Carignan, planted 1927 and 1930. Owned by John Shinn.

Holman Cellars, m2 Wines, Precedent Wine, Leaf and Vine, Birichino

An own-rooted planting 1300 feet from the Mokelumne River in well-draining Tokay sandy loam with typical yields of 6 tons/acre. Farmed in accordance with LODI RULES.

1928

Stampede Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1928. Owned by Jeff and John Perlegos.

Fields Family Wines, Maïtre de Chai 

An own-rooted vineyard dotted with Mourvèdre and Mission in Kingdon and Tokay fine sandy loams and laid out in an unusual diamond pattern on 10 x 10 spacing.

1930

Hatterle Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1930. Owned by Roland Hatterle.

Michael Klouda Wines

A head-trained and spur-pruned vineyard planted in sandy loam on the west side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1930s

Bonotto Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1930s. Owned by the Bonotto Family.

McCay Cellars

An own-rooted, spur-pruned vineyard with vines trained low to the ground (2 to 3-ft height) on the west side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1930s

Mohr-Fry, planted 1930s. Owned by Jerry and Bruce Fry.

 St.Amant Winery, Joel Gott, Eola Hills, Valhalla Winery, Bogle, Kenwood, Chouinard

A collection of seven own-rooted vineyard blocks planted to sandy loam soils on the southwest side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1933

Zinstar Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1933. Owned by David and Heather Pyle Lucas, The Lucas Winery.

The Lucas Winery

A 3.5-acre head-trained, own-rooted vineyard planted in sandy loam soil not far from the Mokelumne River on the west side of the Mokelumne River AVA. Farmed in accordance with CCOF.

1936

Bishofberger Vineyard Carignan, planted 1936. Owned by Bob Bishofberger.

Michael David Winery

A 12-acre own-rooted vineyard planted in deep sandy loam soil on the west side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1940s

Trulux Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1940s. Owned by Keith Watts.

McCay Cellars, Watts Winery, Michael David Winery

A 30-acre head-trained vineyard on St. George rootstock planted on the west side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1944

Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1944. Leased by Turley Wine Cellars.

Turley Wine Cellars

A head-trained, own-rooted vineyard planted on a sloping site in volcanic Redding clay series soils mixed with sand in the Clements Hills AVA.

1950s

Nies Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1950s. Owned by Nies Farms.

Bear Creek Winery

A 12-acre, head-trained vineyard planted on 10 x 10 spacing in sandy loam soil on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1950s

Schulenburg Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1950s. Owned by Bob Schulenburg.

Michael David Winery

A 6.5-acre, head-trained vineyard planted on St. George rootstock on 9 x 9 spacing in sandy loam soil on the west side of the Mokelumne River AVA. Farmed in accordance with LODI RULES.

1958

Wegat Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1958. Owned by the Maley Family.

m2 Wines, Maley Brothers, Oak Farm Vineyards, Macchia

A 21-acre head-trained, spur-pruned vineyard planted on St. George rootstock in sandy loam soils on the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA.

1962

Star Valley Vineyard Zinfandel, planted 1962. Owned by JW Moore Vineyards.

Comartin Cellars, Alliance Winery

An own-rooted vineyard planted in a mixture of DeVries and Tokay fine sandy loams on 10 x 10 spacing. Farmed in accordance with LODI RULES.

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