Michael David Winery
4580 CA-12, Lodi, CA 95242, United States
The Philips and Lodi go back far. Since the 1860s, they’ve been planting this soil and growing wine grapes since the beginning of the 20th century. The founders, brothers Michael and David Phillips, are grape growers of the 5th generation who raised their families in the vineyard, and now Mike’s son Kevin and daughter Melissa have joined the team of the 6th generation. They, more than others, recognize the significance for future generations of leaving it better than you find it. Their family legacy and the love of Lodi guide their sustainability focus.
Following the Civil War in the 1860s, the Phillips family has been farming since their Great Grandfather Andrew Harshner and his wife Lucille homesteaded 160 acres near the city of Lodi. The natural affinity of the area for grape growing soon became apparent, and twenty-five per cent of California’s grape acreage was in Lodi by the turn of the century (the last one). The downfall of many pioneering wineries in the state was seen a decade later.
Originally devoted to crops, the farms of Phillips grew to include several distinct fruits, including fifteen distinct varietals of wine that were distributed across the country during Prohibition with instructions on how not to convert the grapes into wine. By ordering these grapes and “juice” to be bottled at home, Prohibition was good for Lodi farmers, with families everywhere keeping up the wine tradition with meals.
These days, the fifth generation of farmers in Lodi serves Michael and David Phillips, and things are shifting. There is plenty of space for creativity and innovation, with 650 acres of quality wine grapes. By the Mokelumne River, which carries crystal-clear water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the vineyards are irrigated, depositing minerals into the fertile soil on which the grapes thrive. Michael~David Winery aims to use all natural techniques, including integrated pest management, beneficial insects for pest control, trellising, leaf pulling and natural mined sulfur for mildew control, but not certified organic.
Reserved Outdoor Wine Tasting
These days, their wine experience may look a little different, but they would always love to see you! At their outdoor wine bar, they have built a tasting experience which is both healthy and enjoyable, so you can venture out of the house and try our new wine releases. Reservations are required at this time due to limited space. The good news here? And no lines!
When you reserve a time slot, all tastings are 45 minutes and are pre-paid. If you are a member of the club, make sure to opt out to get your discount using the email address linked to your club membership. Groups no larger than 6 are allowed, and your total head count must include children.