David Akin was an early believer in the Lodi Wine Region. In 1978 he accepted his first assignment as Manager and Winemaker with, at the time, one of the few Lodi wineries. Twenty-four vintages and thousands of world-wide miles later, Akin returned to Lodi to fashion truly exceptional wines on the label that bears his link both Winemaker and Winery Owner, Akin enjoys a unique perspective from which he delineates the distinctive aspects of the Lodi growing experience into fine wines that serve as testament to the promise of the region. Akin’s travels throughout the wine industry grid have also given him a thorough understanding of what is required from both growing and producing exceptional wine. His fervent belief that the Lodi Region could provide the necessary elements to stand toe-to-toe with wines anywhere in California proved prophetic with federal designation of the Lodi Appellation, and, more importantly, the ever increasing number of bonded wineries in the area. To be sure, Akin Estates is forefront in representing the best the region has to offer. Akin Estates is built on a simple premise of hand selecting the best local grapes at their peak maturity, craft into wine and age until perfect balance is achieved. Simple, not easy. Working with Chardonnay, Zinfandel and the limited growth Tannat grapes, Akin continues to create the class and style of wine that puts the Lodi Wine Region among the best in state. Visit their Tasting Room! Contact for hours.