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Ripken Vineyards

2472 W. Sargent Road
Lodi, CA 95242
(209) 367-WINE

Tasting:   Open Saturday and Sunday 12 to 5 pm
Tasting is complimentary
10% case discount
  Informal Tours
Price Range:   $18 to $27 per bottle
Established:   2003
Vineyards:   600+ acres
  1500 cases

Ripken Vineyards Description

“No Boring Wines!” is the cry from this un-boring winery located on the fringe of the Lodi wine trail. The big blue doors of the newly constructed barn like building conceal this small boutique winery that produces up to 14 different wines, with its miniscule case production around 100 cases per variety. According to owner Richard Ripken, “we consider ourselves an artisan "barnista" winery that is uniquely different, electric, eclectic, quirky, esoteric, even wacky, but never boring or weird.”

The family has been growing grapes in the area for over 50 years, as well as developing a nursery program that supplies many of the other Lodi growers with their vines. There are up to seven Ripken family members on the scene at any one time as they pool their talents to create their unique offering of wines. The cozy tasting room, with its tall ceilings and friendly atmosphere, is behind big heavy doors that stay open most days encouraging visitors to stop by and sample. Don’t’ miss the metal sculpted “flying guardian pig angel” that oversees the operation.

Heading down the road less traveled, Ripken Vineyards produces an assortment of wines with Italian, Spanish and Rhone origins. These include Roussanne, Viognier, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Carmine, Petit Verdot, Alicante Bouschet, Tempranillo, Graciano, Souzao, Touriga National, Grenace, Mourvedre, Montepulciano, Barbera, Dolcetto, and Corvina, as well as a few proprietary blends and a port. Their wines are big, with a fruit-forward style.

Ripken Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Picnic Sites
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Emma Austen,
This winery has a great setting and a really entertaining staff. This family winery is definately worth the visit. I enjoyed the Tempranillo and Roussanne.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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