The Lodi winegrowing region is located at the heart of California’s Central Valley, and includes parts of southern Sacramento County and northern San Joaquin County. Ideal for growing a spectrum of wine grapes, Lodi has a warm Mediterranean climate that is tempered by a marine layer that first passes through San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento River Delta. Soils vary dramatically within the AVA, but mostly consist of deep loams that are sometimes covered with large rocks.
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Lewis Vineyard is tucked into the Clements Hills AVA, a renowned wine region that lies above Lodi on the banks of the Mokelumne River. Situated at 600 feet of elevation in well-drained rocky red soils, this 1980 planting is mostly dry during the growing season with warm-to-hot days and cool evenings produced by regular breezes from the Sacramento River delta. The close proximity to the cold river generates air drainage and air movement that lowers overnight temperatures. The resulting bright acidity merges with rounded tannins and full flavors in the finished wines.