A Winery in Lodi, California has been named winery of the year at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento, California.
The Lodi AVA (American Viticultural Area) is located in the Central Valley of California. This year Lodi’s Michael David Winery beat out the more popular regions of Sonoma and Napa Valley, California for the top honour of Winery of the Year. The winery is owned and operated by brothers Michael and David Phillips who carry the legacy of 150 years of farming in California.
The State of the (Wine) Industry Address
LODI, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Michael David Winery was named 2015’s Winery of the Year this week at the 2016 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. Jon Fredrikson, principal of Gomberg, Fredrikson and Associates and leading industry consultant, made the announcement Wednesday morning at this year’s State of the Industry address saying, “They are a great California success story.” This annual event is held in Sacramento and draws more than 14,000 grape growers, vintners and allied industry members from around the world. It is the largest event of its kind in the western hemisphere.
Six Generations of California Growers at Michael David Winery
Michael David Winery continues to see unprecedented growth as they are producing over 600,000 cases annually. Kevin and Melissa, two of Michael’s children and 6th generation growers, now run the day-to-day operations of the winery. Their flagship brand 7 Deadly Zins is leading the way selling over 300,000 cases, with a 15% sales increase in 2015, and also became the #1 selling Zinfandel in 2015. Gaining even more momentum, their Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon is experiencing similar success and showing phenomenal growth in the $15-$20 price point.
Lodi AVA: California Wine Region Success Story
“Michael David Winery is truly honored to be recognized for this award. We believe in creating fun, exciting bottles full of the best wine we know how to make. We could not achieve this distinction without the passion of our team at the winery as well as the support of our distributors, retailers, and restaurants and consumers,” explains Melissa Phillips Stroud, winery Vice President of Sales and Marketing. It has been a noteworthy week for Lodi, CA to say the least; In addition to Fredrikson’s announcement, Wine Enthusiast Magazine just named Lodi “Wine Region of the Year” at a presentation held in New York City last week.
Michael David Winery: One of the Fasted Growing Wineries in the USA
Michael David Winery is owned by brothers Michael and David Phillips, who have built their Lodi winery into one of the fastest growing wineries in the United States. The Phillips brothers released their first commercial wine in 1984 under the Phillips Vineyards label after years of growing grapes for other wineries. Now celebrating more than 30 years as a bonded winery, Michael and David have over 800 acres of vineyards in Lodi. They pride themselves on their meticulous farming practices and sustainable wine grape growing, which result in superior quality in the bottle. Their hard work has paid off and the wines regularly take top awards and recognition nationwide. Michael David Winery is located one mile east of Interstate 5 on Highway 12 in Lodi, California.