Soucie Vineyard is located on West Turner Road in Lodi, California, about a half mile east of I-5. Kevin Soucie is a fifth generation Lodi native; his family originally owned and farmed 240 acres of melons, cherries and vegetables. The remaining piece of the original family land is now a 40-acre Zinfandel vineyard.
We are sourcing some our fruit from the original six-acre block of vines planted in 1916 by Kevin's grandfather. The vines in this block are self-rooted and the clone is not known—no one knew much about rootstock or clonal selections back in that time. The rest of our fruit will come from vines planted at Soucie in 1965.
The soil is “DeVries Sandy Loam” and is known to be at least 80 feet deep. Phylloxera, a sap-sucking insect that feeds on the roots of grapevines (and destroyed all French vineyards in the 1890s), cannot survive in the soil in Lodi, which is why there are so many “old vine” vineyards in that area.
The vineyard’s elevation is only 15 feet above sea level and it’s located less than 15 miles from the upper reaches of the San Francisco Bay. (One little-recognized fact is that the west side of the Lodi appellation is closer to the San Francisco Bay area than Calistoga in Napa Valley.)