Charles Ivory and J.M. Burt were two of Lodi’s earliest settlers - starting the first store next to the railroad station on Pine and Sacramento Streets. The Ivory Store brought together a myriad of unique folks who created this special place - homesteaders, farmers and even winemakers.
Settled in 1859 and officially incorporated in 1906, Lodi’s first citizens flocked to the area because of the railroad, but stayed for the agriculture opportunities. From wheat to watermelons, Lodi’s original crops took advantage of the same climate and soil that makes it a prime location for growing high-quality winegrapes today.
The fertile soils are rich in minerals but well-drained and the classic Mediterranean climate with warm afternoons and cool evenings allow winegrapes to develop ripe fruit flavors. Fruit-forward wines with a nice acid balance characterizes the quintessential style which Lodi is known.