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J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines FAQ

What kind of wine does J. Lohr make?
J. Lohr sustainably farms more than 1,400 acres of estate vineyards in Monterey County’s cool climate with an emphasis on Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir. J. Lohr also grows Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Valdiguié there. In warmer Paso Robles, J. Lohr farms over 2,700 acres of vineyards with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon; J. Lohr also grows Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and other primarily red Bordeaux and Rhone grape varieties there. J. Lohr also grows Cabernet Sauvignon on its Carol’s Vineyard in Napa Valley.

Are J. Lohr wines good?
Absolutely! For forty-six years now, J. Lohr has been one of the most trusted wine labels in the country. J. Lohr is known for its consistent quality across its entire portfolio of fine wine, regardless of price.

Where are J. Lohr wines sold?
In supermarkets, fine wine retailers, and restaurants across the country and around the world. Most J. Lohr wines are also available online at On the J. Lohr website, you will also find a handy Wine Locator tool that will search your zip code for retailers and restaurateurs that carry J. Lohr in your neighborhood:

Where are J. Lohr wines made?
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has state-of-the art winemaking facilities in San Jose, Greenfield (Monterey County), and Paso Robles, California.

How are J. Lohr wines made?
Owning its own vineyards and wineries enables J. Lohr to produce consistently superior wines, vintage after vintage. Complete soil-to-bottle control is the key to J. Lohr’s quality and craft. Knowledge and history are the building blocks, and J. Lohr has some of the industry’s most knowledgeable winemakers, who have been classically trained with experience in many of the world’s great wine regions. Remarkably, even at J. Lohr’s production size, no shortcuts are taken. For example, J. Lohr still barrel ferments all of its Chardonnay. J. Lohr has over 20,000 Chardonnay barrels that are manually stirred each week. This traditional Burgundian technique helps break down the yeast during fermentation and increases the mouthfeel as well as protects the wine from oxidation. Looking ahead, J. Lohr is always open to new and improved ways to innovate the craft of winemaking, testing new coopers and barrel types to use in the cellar, and investing in the latest crush equipment and technologies, ensuring the wineries remain state-of-the-art.

Are J. Lohr wines organic?
No. All of J. Lohr’s vineyards and wineries are certified sustainable by California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. (CSWA)

Is J. Lohr wine dry?
From a technical standpoint, since a dry wine is basically a wine with no residual sugar, almost all of J. Lohr’s wines are considered dry wines, with the exception of two Rieslings. That said, even J. Lohr’s ‘dry’ wines may surprise you in the sense that they do not dry out the mouth like some other wines can, due to the fruit-driven, balanced winemaking style throughout the whole portfolio.

Is J. Lohr wine sweet?
Most J. Lohr wines are considered dry wines, apart from two Rieslings; one of which is a Late Harvest limited production that’s especially great with dessert (or for dessert)!

Is J. Lohr Sauvignon Blanc dry or sweet?
J. Lohr’s Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc is considered a dry wine. It’s crisp and well-balanced, with a lively acidity and textured finish. The winery-exclusive, limited F&G Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is also a dry wine.

Is J. Lohr Chardonnay dry?
J. Lohr produces three distinctive Chardonnays, all of which are considered dry wines in that almost all of the available grape sugars have been converted into alcohol during the fermentation process. Almost all California Chardonnays are “dry.”

Is J. Lohr Chardonnay buttery?
All three of J. Lohr’s Chardonnays go through malolactic fermentation which softens the acidity of the wine, bringing a light, balanced, butter-like note and mouthfeel to the palate. Since each Chardonnay goes through varying degrees of this process and is crafted differently, you might find one tastes more “buttery” than another.

Is J. Lohr Chardonnay oaked?
All three of J. Lohr’s Chardonnays use some degree of oak in the winemaking and aging process. The Riverstone Chardonnay is aged 7-9 months in a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak barrels. The Arroyo Vista and October Night Chardonnays are aged 10-14 months in French oak barrels.

Is J. Lohr wine Vegan?

Is J. Lohr wine Kosher?

Is J. Lohr wine gluten free?