Although our home office is located in Acampo, California, just outside the town of Lodi, our farming extends across four counties in Northern California: San Joaquin, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo. While each county demonstrates unique winegrowing characteristics, three regions emerge.
The Lodi Appellation was approved as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) in 1986. The region leads all California wine districts in the production of the top five premium wine varietals and accounts for 18% of the state’s total winegrape production – more than Napa and Sonoma Counties combined.
Climate: Classic Mediterranean. Lodi takes advantage of the gap between the northern and southern coastal ranges surrounding the San Francisco Bay. As the day’s temperature rises, cool breezes drift in from the Delta, keeping the nights cool which is ideal for the development of complexity in finished wines.
Terroir: Rich mineral soils ranging from Sandy Loam to Clay Loam. All soil-types are well-drained with low to medium fertility allowing the vine to slowly draw water to impart excellent color and intense fruit flavors.
The Clements Hill Sub-Appellation was approved as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) in 2006. Tucked beneath the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Clements Hills consists of rolling hills, oak tree gatherings, cattle ranches, and vineyards.
Climate: Temperatures are warmer than the Lodi Appellation throughout the day, as this region is less affected by the presence of the Delta breezes, ideal conditions for bold and intense red wines.
Terroir: Well-drained, shallow and cobbled soils which have medium fertility and the structure necessary to impart highly concentrated color and flavors in the resulting wines.
Located in the Delta, the Clarksburg Appellation is in a fresh-water region comprised of fertile agricultural islands which sit below sea level and are protected by a system of levees. It is a challenging environment to grow winegrapes, but the perfect environment for cool growing varietals.
Climate: Cold mornings give way to warm, breezy afternoons. Temperatures tend to be 5 to 10 degrees cooler than the Lodi Appellation due to the famous Delta Breezes, conditions which are ideal for the development of wines which require a nice acid and pH balance.
Terroir: Highly organic Delta soils. With land at or below sea level, the fertile soil attracts and holds nutrients and water. The viticultural challenge is to continuously manage nutrient and water levels in the vineyard in order to develop grapes with strong flavors.