San Joaquin County could be considered the essential element of much California appellated wine. At its core is the massive Lodi AVA where roughly 20% of all California wine grapes are grown, extending south to Stockton. Every varietal can find a home in San Joaquin with famed Delta breezes blowing in the western regions benefiting cooler climate grapes to the warmer terrior of the initial up slopes of the Sierra Nevada range to the east benefiting heat seeking reds. Deep and fertile soils characterize the western edges while leaner soils of decomposed granite can often typify the eastern edges.
From the largest wineries on earth to small upscale boutiques, San Joaquin has been a supplier of magnitude. When you see California on the label, it very well might have a portion of the fruit sourced from this unique county appellation
Never intimidated to try a new varietal, growers in San Joaquin County and related AVA have turned to many a non- traditional vinifera in exploration of potential.
Since Thomas Jefferson first tried to cultivate European vinifera in Virginia, the state has been a decided piece of American wine country. Over the years better knowledge, equipment and materials have all contributed to an advancing wine industry, but the more recent decade or two has brought out the real potential that can be found.
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