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A Vineyard Road Less Travelled: Lodi’s Oak Farm Vineyards

Dec 04, 2020 09:31AM ● By Fran Miller

BY FRAN ENDICOTT MILLER

Located on 70 idyllic acres in the heart of Lodi, California's wine country, Oak Farm Vineyards is widely regarded as the region's premier winery and the perfect destination for a safe, wine-themed getaway. Offering premium and luxury wines, expansive outdoor seating areas, an East Patio Pairing experience as well as private glass and bottle service, guests can enjoy a true immersion in the best that Lodi's appellations have to offer. 


Co-owner and Director of Winemaking Dan Panella and his family began an agricultural journey in Lodi 85 years ago. Since then, the Panella name and the Oak Farm Vineyards brand have evolved into an award-winning estate winery program. Stepping into his senior role, Dan has mentored and recently passed the winemaking torch to a dynamic duo of young, talented female winemakers: Sierra Zeiter, Head Winemaker and Marilia Nimis, Assistant Winemaker. These skilled women carry-on Oak Farm Vineyards' tradition of excellence and continue the brand's evolution.

Heather and Dan Panella


A visit to Oak Farm Vineyards is a trip back in time with exploration of agricultural heritage and history. Celebrating the 145th anniversary of the completion of Oak Farm Vineyards' colonial house that serves as the Panella family residence, daughter and mother-in-law team Heather (landscape artists and designer) and Dorothy Panella (co-owner and interior design artist) completed the estate's impressive spaces, debuting the new Barrel Room and commercial kitchen. While gathering safely with friends and family is still a ways off, these versatile spaces provide an elegantly rustic venue to reconnect with loved ones and celebrate missed occasions.

Rounding out a visit is a stay at Oak Farm Vineyards' Annadan Vineyards Suites, a private 2-bedroom home just a short walk from the winery. The beautifully appointed home boasts upgraded furnishings, spacious outdoor lounge areas and close proximity to award-winning cuisine and shops in Downtown Lodi. Guests are also reassured of a safe, healthy stay with the Suites commitment to Airbnb's 5-step enhanced cleaning process. 

Lodi offers guests a more laid back, tranquil wine-centric getaway including distinctive varietals, award-winning cuisine, outdoor recreation and arts and culture without the crowds. For those visitors looking to travel safely without taking away from their immersion in a vibrant destination, Oak Farm Vineyards and Lodi provides the ideal escape.

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