A century-old relationship with sweets, movies, candlelight, and great conversation. Do you find yourself leaning toward a lukewarm merlot or a refreshing pinot grigio? Before you pop open that bottle of wine for an evening in or if you’re celebrating a special event let us introduce you to some individuals that helped make that possible. This week we head to sunny California, where nearly 90% of all US wine is produced, to share the story of LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards.
Agriculture and climate are both key to producing the finest grapes, which are later used to create your favorite wines. In 1974, identical twins, Randall and Bradford Lange, sought out to provide the best ripe grapes for wine production. The twins started farming winegrapes with one vineyard, one varietal and 120 acres in Lodi. In 2006 their evolution continued, from winegrape growers to winemakers, when they took the next step and opened a winery. For those of us who have a love for wine, we never pass up an opportunity to visit and take in the experience a great winery has to offer.
The winery was a way to inspire future generations to see how their farm, communities and the agricultural way of life could thrive with the right focus. Today, they are a multi-generational family working side-by-side to farm 29 varieties, 67 vineyards, and 8,100 acres, growing and crafting certified sustainable wines. Starting in the Lodi Appellation the family expanded to additional regions – Clement Hills Sub-Appellation and Clarksburg, distinct areas that would allow their business to emerge.
All of their wines are proudly grown, crushed (pictured) and bottled in one location. Their commitment for winegrape growing and winemaking practices comes from their agricultural roots. Farming land for wine lovers who value a genuine connection to people and the authenticity of a real place is a true passion for the family. Each member of LangeTwins has unique responsibilities within the winery and play a pivotal role in the growth of the brand. They look forward to working with the sixth generation of winegrowers.
LangeTwins certify their vineyards through the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing program (LODI RULES). This is California’s original third party audited sustainable winegrowing program. It validates the farming techniques that LangeTwins have been practicing for decades, farming in a way that is environmentally and socially responsible while also being economically viable.
LODI RULES is certified by Protected Harvest, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Santa Cruz, California, with the principal mission to advance use and adoption of quantifiable sustainable agriculture standards. Protected Harvest contracts with SureHarvest, a division of Where Food Comes From, to operate the program and manage the auditing and certification process.
LangeTwins is committed to a healthy environment producing the best quality grapes. Sustainable business practices are top of mind when it comes to this family. With 67 individual vineyards, they farm, protect and preserve the land for generations to come. Certification through a rigorous, third-party program like Lodi Rules adds a level of credibility to their efforts and helps educate customers about the importance of sustainability. The Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing program is the right fit for LangeTwins and helps to ensure all aspects of their business that include environmental health, social equity, and economic viability. For us it can be difficult to understand the complexities of these programs. For that reason, LangeTwins family speaks to their sustainability efforts in the context of responsible farming and management of their business for future generations. They hope their customers share their mindset of practical, measurable ways to reduce our overall impact while still being able to produce the highest quality wines.
Everything connects back to their love of farm and family. They are proud to craft wines which allow their farm, community and all of the families connected to thrive. They work diligently each day together to preserve the agriculture way of life. To find out where you can purchase wines from LangeTwins please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their social media channels by searching @langetwins.