The Downton Abbey winemaking team looked to estate vineyards in Lodi, California as the high-quality fruit source for the new Countess of Grantham Collection.
Classic Mediterranean Climate
Located in the heart of California, 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.
Rich and well-drained mineral soils—ranging in type from Sandy Loam to Clay Loam—with low to medium fertility allow the vines to slowly draw water to impart excellent color and intense fruit flavors.
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.
In 2012, 20,000 acres were “Certified Green” in the Lodi Appellation under Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing, California’s first 3rd party-certified sustainable winegrowing program. Lodi Rules promotes practices that enhance biodiversity, soil and water health, community and employee well-being, while meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations.
Please visit LodiWine.com to learn more.