Maley Brothers: A Grower’s Label
Tasting Room: Woodbridge Uncorked
18911 North Lower Sacramento Road
Woodbridge, California 95258
Tasting Hours: Wed.-Thur., 3-8 PM; Fri., 1-9 PM; Sat. 12-8 PM; Sun. 12-5 PM; closed Mon. & Tue.
Tasting Fee: $6 (waived with purchase)
Maley Brothers is one of six producers who pour at Woodbridge Uncorked; a tasting room located in quaint downtown Woodbridge (located near Lodi Lake Park).
Maley Brothers is a small, handcraft, grower’s label, orginally founded by brothers Joe and Louis Maley. Today, Joe’s son, Todd Maley, does all the farming and works with winemaker Chad Joseph on the production of Maley Brothers wines.
Not atypical of Lodi’s numerous grower-turned-winemakers, less than 1% of the wine grapes farmed in Maley Vineyards goes into their own wines (the rest to numerous producers based in and outside of Lodi). Also typical of Lodi growers and producers, the Maleys trace their farming roots in Lodi as far back as 1863.
The family plantings — all located on the west side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA — consist of 9 blocks, totaling 330 planted acres. The source of the Maley Brothers Zinfandel is the family’s crème de la crème: their oldest block (planted in 1958), located on Ray Rd., which the Maleys call Wegat Vineyard (after the name of the original owners, who raised dairy cows where these old head trained vines now stand)