Our Gnarly Story

Gnarly Head all started with a vine. In 2004, when our winemakers began their quest to make America’s favorite Zinfandel, they sought out vineyards in the Zinfandel capital of the world: Lodi, California. The Zinfandel vines planted in these older vineyards are some of the oldest in California and are grown in the traditional freestanding “head-trained” way. These gnarled vines provide the inspiration for Gnarly Head as the wines these older vines create are bold, full-bodied, juicy and in other words, gnarly.

But Zinfandel is not the only grape that can be Gnarly. Our winemakers select grapes from some of the best vineyards in Northern California to produce wines in our Gnarly House Style. Gnarly Head wines are easy to drink and pair well with food. They are Bold. Sophisticated. With a Hint of Gnarly.

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Gnarly Head Wines


Old Vine Zinfandel

Rich, dark berry flavors with layers of spice, plum, pepper and vanilla.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Fruit-driven and dense with a juicy core of dark fruit.
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Boldly fruit-driven with concentrated black stone fruit flavors.
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Big and adventurous with juicy flavors of ripe blueberry and plum with a hint of spice.
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Authentic Red

Big, bold Zinfandel-led red blend that hails from a true grit American town: Lodi, California.
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Authentic Black

DARK and inky.
It has BOLD fruit flavors and finishes with a hint of RICH dark chocolate.
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1924 Double Black

A dark red blend inspired by the field blends made popular during Prohibition.
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Authentic White

A rowdy blend of tasty white varietals.
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Fresh, vibrant and fruit forward; full of tropical flavors with just a touch of vanilla.
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Pinot Noir

Voluptuous, sleek tannins and lush fruit with flavors of violet, black cherry and plum.
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Pinot Grigio

Bright aromas and fruit-driven flavors with zesty acidity.
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News & Events

For the seventh year in a row, the Gnarly Head Ribs Recipe Contest will crown a Blue RIB-bon worthy recipe as its $5,000 grand-prize winner.

This year, be sure to bring the heat and entice us with your most ama-ZIN pork ribs recipe. Contest ends September 7th.





Crafted for adventurous palates, our Authentic Black is aged for over 12 months resulting in a uniquely smooth and opulent red wine. 





Gnarly Head 2013 Chardonnay

It’s rich in mango, peach, vanilla, buttered toast and brown sugar flavors, with a clean, tart mouthfeel. 

Gnarly Head 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel

Soft, spicy and jammy, this is rich in clove and big-hearted blackberry fruit. Easy to like and pleasantly affordable, it'll pour well for parties and other occasions where a bold, crowd-pleasing red wine is in order. 

Gnarly Old Vines


Kramer Vineyard – Home to Gnarly Head Old Zinfandel Vines

Old Zinfandel Vines date back to the early 1900s when Italian immigrants settled on the west side of Lodi and planted Zinfandel.

The best vineyards are still owned and managed by these families, some going on their fourth generation as farmers.

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin is sourced from these family owned and managed vineyards with long term contracts; many that began with a handshake years ago.


Clay Station Vineyard

Clay Station is the historic Old Borden Ranch purchased by Delicato Family Vineyards in 1995.

It currently has 1,106 acres planted to vines.

This exceptional vineyard is sustainably farmed based on the Lodi Rules and is certified by Protected Harvest, an environmental non-profit organization that endorses farmers’ use of stringent environmental farming standards (Lodi Rules Certified since 2006).

Clay Station is a source for Gnarly Head’s portfolio of wine.

Gnarly Recipes


Bodacious Baby Back Ribs with Wicked Rib Mop

Ribs are the ultimate BBQ fare and these ribs are sure to please. Try them with our Old Vine Zinfandel.
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Grilled Vegetable Panzanella

Our panzanella is perfect for a warm summer night's supper enjoyed on a backyard patio. Try it with a glass of our Chardonnay.
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Espresso Rubbed Tri-Tip

Who would have thought espresso and tri-tip would pair so well? This recipe is a Gnarly twist on classic sirloin. Try it tonight with a glass of our Authentic Black.
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Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Perfect for game day, our wings are a Gnarly balance of savor and spice, and pair well with a glass of our Authentic Red.
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Tacos Al Pastor

Take a trip south of the border with our Tacos al Pastor; paired perfectly with our Gnarly Head Argentine Malbec.
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Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini with Sage and Pinenuts

A perfect lite appetizer to start your Gnarly evening. These fig and goat cheese crostini pair well with our velvety Pinot Noir.
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