A few weekends back, I was lucky enough to team up with Lodi Wine for their annual Wine & Chocolate Festival! I brought Joe and two of our friends, Alex & Carson, to enjoy the weekend as well. We were so excited to see how cute Lodi's Wine country continues to get each year. Lodi, California has been a wine area historically, but is recently getting more and more popular! There are so many cool spots there, and it's refreshing and a change of pace to check out a new area that's not overpopulated with tourists and crowds (meaning their wine & accommodations are also reasonably priced compared to their Northern California wine country sister areas of Napa and Sonoma!) Lodi's wine country has continued to develop over the past decade, and I think it's absolutely adorable!
Their Wine & Chocolate Festival consists of receiving a wine glass at the beginning of the weekend to use for tastings (all included in the price of the ticket) at all of the ~50 participating wineries in the area. We did our fair share of tasting at 3 different wineries on Saturday - only one of which I had visited previously on my last trip to Lodi's wine country. So, for the most part I got a view of new spots in Lodi I hadn't previously explored! We visited Jessie's Grove, Stama Winery, and Oak Farm Vineyards.
Jessie's Grove was a huge farm-looking property that was rustic and super cute! They had a big amphitheater and we found out they host a lot of concerts there. The owners also told us that if you're a wine club member, you get to stay in their cute B&B for free - how awesome is that?!
Stama is a much smaller tasting room and property, but very modern and chic. This is the one that I went to on my last trip as well - and their wine is delicious!
Finally, we headed to Oak Farm Vineyards, which was where we spent the rest of the afternoon. They had live music, and the cutest property - including a really cozy patio to hang out on, and food vendors in addition to their awesome tasting room! I can't wait to visit Oak Farm Vineyards again.
And I have to mention Durst Winery & Estate because that was my favorite stop on my last trip to Lodi's wine country - the grounds are gorgeous and so charming. We couldn't make it there this trip, although we tried, since some of the roads were flooded & closed due to the storm California saw the week before. You'll have to check out my previous Lodi post to see photos and more about Durst!
The festival brought in all types of vendors, live music, food trucks, etc. at the participating wineries. There was plenty to see and do throughout the day, with a fun and lively crowd coming in from all over Northern California! Lodi has Uber & Lyft so it was really easy and cheap to get around from winery to winery.
That night, Joe and I stayed at a newer boutique hotel in Lodi called Wine & Roses. It's FABULOUS. I can't wait to go back there. The rooms had the coolest industrial chic decor that made my eyes light up. The spa at Wine & Roses got ranked as the #1 spa in California, which goes to show how cool this hotel really is! There's gardens, string lights, cute decor... the works! They host a lot of events like weddings and private dinners there too!
The Towne House Restaurant is the hotel restaurant at Wine & Roses, and is the perfect place for some fine dining serving California cuisine. We ordered room service for dinner Saturday night and went into the restaurant for breakfast the following morning. DELICIOUS. If you're a foodie - this spot is a Northern California must whether you're staying at the hotel or not (but make sure to make a reservation!)
The Lodi Wine Visitor Center is located right on the Wine & Roses property, and they also offer tastings from ALL the wineries in the area... so that's convenient (and informative for your stay!) We had an absolutely amazing weekend in this historic, yet newly trending Northern California wine country. I really hope you all get a chance to visit this hidden gem of a city soon!
This post is sponsored, but as always, all opinions are my own. :)
Next, check out my first post on Lodi's Wine Country to learn more about the area!