Alta Mesa ~ Lodi (AVA)
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The Alta Mesa appellation, located in northern central Lodi, has 55,400 acres of which 5,300 are are under vine. As its name suggests (Spanish for high-table) this area is distinguished by its mesa-like elevation, ranging from 35 to 140 feet. The area is 90% composed of dense, heavy clay and gravel soils which inhibit deep rooting. Alta Mesa is second to the Sloughhouse appellation as the warmest area in Lodi. This appellation is red wine country with most acres planted to Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot.

~ David Chandler, Lodi Regional Correspondent

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Visit Lodi

On the Northern California tourism scene, Lodi Wine County has emerged as a popular wine destination. With over 80 wineries, boasting award-winning wines, Lodi is finally attracting the attention it deserves.

Located just 90 minutes from San Francisco and 60 minutes from Napa, Lodi enjoys a similar climate and growing conditions to its coastal neighbors. Consumers and visitors alike are surprised to find out that Lodi produces more wine than Napa and Sonoma combined. Although having made our name on the fleshy, full bodied Zinfandel, Lodi vintners are increasingly winning awards for their Rhone and Mediterranean style varietals. In addition to Zinfandel, Lodi is currently the nation's leading producer of several popular varieties including Chardonnay, Sauvingnon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

In addition to the wineries, Lodi has an expansive list of activities for the visitor to immerse themselves in. With the Delta Waterway to the West and Mokelumne River to the North and South, nature activities and water recreation is abundant. Visitors can kayak or take a guided tour down the Mokelumne River, fish or swim at Lodi Lake or take in the wildlife at the Consumnes River preserve.

For the lover of the Arts, Lodi's Hutchins Street Square Performing Arts Theatre boasts live concerts and theater performances year-round. Lodi's Knowlton Gallery and Graves Country Gallery have become destination locations for art collectors around the country.

In addition, to the galleries, Lodi is home to a dozen public murals and hosts numerous art-related events throughout the year.

Families will enjoy Lodi as well. Micke Grove Park is a destination unto itself. Visitors can explore the zoo, sit in the shade of the Japanese Garden's cherry blossom trees or laugh and play together at Funderwoods Amusement Park. At the San Joaquin Historical museum, visitors can learn about the history of the region, take in the Antique tractor exhibit, visit the San Joaquin County Schoolhouse or tour the blacksmith shop.

Lodi's historic downtown is also a favorite for Lodi Visitors. Boutique and antique shops adorn tree lined streets. Restaurants and wineries are abundant and visitors can find live entertainment most weekend evenings.

Lodi is so much more than wineries. So bring your curiosity and be entertained.

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