At Gnarly Head it all starts in the vineyard.  Our quest for outstanding Zinfandel led us down a country road into the heart of Lodi, California revealing a sea of gnarled, 35-80 year-old vines pruned in a special, mop-topped way called “head trained.”  True gnarly heads, these old vines yield fewer grape clusters with smaller berries than trellised vines.  These mighty little berries produce intense, bold wines that are deep in color with concentrated dark fruit flavors.  Inspired by the gnarled sentinels of California’s wine growing tradition, we decided to name our company Gnarly Head, because after all, it is all about the vine.

But Zinfandel is not the only grape that can be Gnarly.  Our winemaking team selects grapes from some of the best vineyards in Northern California for our Gnarly Head Chardonnay, Cab (Cabernet Sauvignon), Pinot Noir, Merlot and Pinot Grigio.

These bold, sophisticated wines are crafted to be enjoyed with a wide selection of foods, and made to bring people together, to enjoy with laughter, to celebrate past escapades and future adventures.  Enjoy!

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