A PROUD HERITAGE IN WINE PRODUCTION
A VESTIGE OF OLD LODI
The heritage of farming that is entrenched within the Maggio family history is also reflected in the physical winery where their grapes are crushed, pressed, barreled-down and aged. Though Oak Ridge Winery was founded in 2002, the winery itself sits on the 10 acre site of the old East-Side Winery — one of Lodi’s historic old co-ops.
East-Side Winery was built in 1934, right after the repeal of Prohibition. Like most wineries at the time, it was a grower cooperative, largely industrial, and specializing in bulk wines, fortified wines, and brandy. With only 13 wineries in the Lodi area through 1975, as many as 100 growers at a time would process their fruit here. There are now over 80 wineries in Lodi, and though the name has changed, this facility continues on as the oldest, continuously operating winery in Lodi.
THE TASTING ROOM
We look forward to seeing you in our 50,000 gallon redwood tank tasting room; “Das Weinhaus” was used for wine storage, but became the tasting room at the facility 1965. Instead of aging wine, we welcome you inside to pour you a glass!
A MIX OF OLD AND NEW
When you come to visit Oak Ridge Winery, you’ll notice a mix of old and new; an eclectic blend of what Lodi once was and the improvements made to usher in new vintages. Since 2002, this old cooperative has slowly been transformed into a state-of-the-art production house, sporting a highly efficient bottling line, a cellar full of French, American and Hungarian oak barrels, and over 8 million gallons of tank space.
OF THE GOLDEN AGE
The past does not dictate the future. Even though this facility was built as a mass-production facility, the Maggio family has invested heavily in the infrastructure to improve wine quality with smaller lot production and a more hands-on approach to winemaking for their luxury tier wines. Nothing exemplifies this more than the recent addition of the Pellenc Optical sorter, which meticulously sorts each and every berry of the handpicked lots at the crusher.