The Central Valley, situated between the coastal foothills and the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, is the agricultural heartland of California. Wine grapes are grown in the two main areas Lodi and the San Joaquin Valley.
(Size 31.000 hectares of vineyards in Lodi and about 80.000 in the San Joaquin Valley
Wineries 50 (and 750 growers) ).
The Lodi Appellation is a federally designated American Viticulture Area recognized for the distinctive quality of its wines. Located directly east of San Francisco at the edge of the Sacramento River Delta, the Lodi appellation is noted for its classic Mediterranean climate and its distinctive sandy soils that provide the perfect environment for the production of world-class wines.
These winegrowers sought to create sub-appellations that better reflect the diversity of the land. Their efforts resulted in the most extensive historical and science-based document outlining the diversity in climate, soil, topography, and elevation of any appellation ever to be submitted for federal approval. Their research concluded that seven distinct growing areas exist and deserve recognition as individual appellations.