Lodi, Calif. – August 25, 2020 – Oak Ridge Winery, Lodi’s oldest operating winery, today announced the appointment of Jason Dodge as General Manager and Chief Winemaker. With more than 20 years of experience in the wine industry, Dodge joins Oak Ridge Winery after nearly five years at Constellation Brands serving as the Senior Director of Winemaking and General Manager of Central Coast Winemaking and Operations. Dodge’s strong background in winemaking and brand renovation will drive new product development and growth at Oak Ridge Winery.
“Jason Dodge is well known for his vision and leadership with cutting edge winemaking techniques and winery operations. With Dodge at the helm, we’re looking forward to expanding our portfolio as we engage and grow our already loyal consumer base,” said Rudy Maggio.
Dodge started his career in the wine industry as an Assistant Brandymaker at E. & J. Gallo Winery working his way up to Senior Winemaker before moving out to Monterey as Senior Winemaker for Diageo Chateau and Estates Wines. His vision for product solutions that resonate with the consumer market inspired him to create what ended up being the #1 selling Bourbon Barrel Aged Wines in the market. His passion for developing cutting edge brands that engage consumers continues to push him forward and expand his winemaking techniques.
“I understand the deep roots Oak Ridge Winery has in Lodi, and am excited to build on that great history with the Maggio family while also working to innovate their great brand offerings,” said Dodge.
About Oak Ridge Winery
Oak Ridge Winery is a fifth generation, family-owned and operated winery owned by the Maggio family. Growing grapes since the 1920s, the family is a true steward of Lodi. Oak Ridge Winery was built in 1934 making it the oldest operating winery in Lodi, CA. The Maggios purchased and renamed a cooperative in 2002 and today produce their own suite of brands including Lodi Estates, Maggio Family Vineyards, Old Soul, OZV, Moss Roxx and 3 Girls. Winery production also inlcudes private and custom label brands, and custom-crush. Oak Ridge Winery is proud of its heritage and passionate about creating wonderful wines. For more information, visit Oak Ridge Winery on Facebook and Instagram @oakridgewinery.