The meaning of the Berghold family name, “vineyard worker,” has been traced back to Austria in the 1600s. The current Berghold family’s ardent pursuit to create only the best estate wines and wine grapes may be explained by this genealogical fact.
Since 1986, the Berghold Family has been cultivating wine grapes in Lodi. The estate now consists of three adjacent vineyards that together cover 85 acres and grow Syrah, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel. The family has been providing premium wineries, including some in the counties of Napa and Sonoma, with wine grapes.
The Bergholds decided it was time to bottle and market wine under the Berghold label after nearly ten years of producing and selling their grapes to other wineries. Berghold Vineyards’ Syrah was created in 1999, while its Viognier was created in 2000. Today, the winery focuses on producing Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Viognier. It also makes Merlot, Zinfandel, and a Cabernet-Syrah hybrid. All wines are estate vintages, terroir-driven, and crafted utilizing artisanal processes and cutting-edge technology under the supervision of the Bergholds’ son and winemaker, Miles.
Joe and Kay Berghold, owners of a Victorian winery, have a passion for collecting. The couple spent nearly 20 years collecting and storing American Victorian era (1860–19000) antiques with the intention of creating an architecturally distinctive winery and tasting room representative of the era of the pieces in their collection—and the same era of the beginning of Lodi wine history. Fortunately, Berghold Vineyards and Winery has made that ambition a reality.