Tasting Room Hours: 10am to 5pm, last pour at 4:30pm. Groups of 6 or more call for appointment: (209) 368-7384.
The Michael David Winery tasting room is a unique destination. There are three operations within the single space, including a casual dining cafe, a small fresh foods grocery and the wine tasting bar. The tasting bar is usually busy and a little noisy.
The business is named for two brothers – Michael and David Phillips. Their family has been grape farming in the area for over 150 years and they began producing wine under their own label in 1984. Their wine production extends from primarily Zinfandel commonly offered in the Lodi AVA (see map below) to include wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Sirah, Petite Verdot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cinsault, Carignane, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Symphony (a Mustcat de Alexandria/Grenache Gris clone). Their inexpensive 7 Deadly Zins ($16) is a wine commonly seen in wine shops, grocery stores and warehouse retailers.
Michael David Winery is located just west of downtown Lodi, California, in the Lodi AVA (American Viticultural Area). This area, southeast of Sacramento, includes about 551,000 total acres of which just over 100,000 acres are farmed for wine grapes in the AVA’s seven sub-regions (see map below). Zinfandel is the predominant varietal grown here, though around 50 different wine grapes are raised within the AVA.