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From Vines to Wine: LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards

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It started as a small patch of land and a big dream in the 1870s.

In those early days, landowners Johann and Maria Lange settled down in Lodi and began a family farm, growing non-irrigated watermelons with their son, Albert. In 1916, the first wine grapes were added. Little did this trailblazing family know that their dream would inspire the birth of a flourishing, sustainably grown estate wine company known as LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards.

Since those historic times, this multi-generational business has created award-winning vintages with environmentally friendly farming and winemaking practices. Its owners, twin brothers Randall and Brad Lange, have been farming and business partners since 1974, when they purchased a portion of the family land from their father, Harold, grandson of Johann
and Maria.

Generational and Sustainable
For the past five generations, the LangeTwins family has been perfecting the art of developing quality vineyards in the Lodi, Clements Hills and the Clarksburg Appellations, all within San Joaquin, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties. The result has been the successful cultivation of 27 different wine grape varietals. But very early on the brothers knew that in order to be generational, they needed to be sustainable. And to be sustainable, they needed to add income streams and integration to ensure the longevity of the business. This awareness fueled the family’s vision of adding wine-making to their list of accomplishments in the mid-2000s.

Randall and Brad, along with their wives, Charlene and Susan, and their five adult children, Marissa, Aaron, Philip, Kendra and Joe, brought this vision to life just over a decade ago. In 2006, LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards was born with a state-of-the art winery built in the heart of the estate-run vineyard. To date, their list of wines, 17 in all, includes perennial California favorites such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Chenin Blanc and a 2011 Centennial Zinfandel that is the 105th vintage crafted from old-growth vines in the Lodi Appellation.

Historic
“Many of our wines are history in a glass,” noted winery CEO Marissa Lange. “As my father would say, ‘They are wines that my grandfather would recognize.’ We are fortunate to be able to be completely hands on with creating wines from our estate vineyards. From cultivating the crop to the final packaging of the wine using our state-of-the-art bottling line, this family is part of every facet of the process. Being involved in every step of growth, harvest and production enables us to ensure a continuous line of quality from vine to wine.”

But nature runs on its own clock, a fact that the LangeTwins family is keenly aware of. As yet another successful harvest season draws to a close, Marissa acknowledged the time, effort, loving care and expertise that continually go into making an award-winning product. “Harvest is our one chance every year to do our very best to make something special from the gifts that Mother Nature has provided us. We take that very seriously,” she added.

Enjoying the Bounty
To share the rewards of their years of dedication and hard work, the family recently announced they are expanding their hospitality to seven days a week; their Tasting Room will be open from noon to 5:00 p.m. The business also continues to provide premium and exclusive offerings to their Wine Club members, including special pricing on four-, six- and twelve-bottle orders, exclusive first tastes of new releases, unique events such as Big Red Night and access to the exclusive Single Barrel wines. The winery is also gearing up for their second Sip-n-Shop, a fun wine-filled boutique shopping event in the Tasting Room on Thanksgiving weekend’s Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

Two generations are actively working the business; twins Randall and Brad and all five adult children are collectively working the vineyard side, or the winery side, of the family business. “As a team, we all share the vision of taking our vineyards out to the consumer marketplace in the form of amazing wines,” Marissa concluded. “There are so many different ways of enjoying the same varietals, and it is such a personal perspective. For those who say they don’t care for wine, I simply say they haven’t found the right one yet. Whether someone is at a hospitality event at our winery or curled up on the couch at home, our advice to all wine appreciators is to simply drink what they like. Enjoying quality wine is a journey and not just a destination. From our family to yours, please join us in celebrating that journey.” ■

For more information on LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards, visit langetwins.com.