The LangeTwins Winery is located in the small town of Acampo, just North of Lodi which is 30 minutes South of Sacramento in Northern California. Acampo is just West of CA-99 and just a short distance from the highway. The beautiful Press/Tasting Room, which just opened in the fall of 2013, is open Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm for public tastings. There is a small fee for tasting at LangeTwins but it is well worth it. Their tasting room is absolutely fantastic. It is large and airy with plenty of room for a large group.
If you are new to tasting wine in the Lodi appellation, I highly suggest visiting LangeTwins at the top of your list. The Lange family has been growing grapes in the region for almost 100 years and they have gotten very good at their trade. Quoting one of the Lange family members, I asked, “How are you able to produce wines that are comparable to so many famous wines in Napa.” The response was, “We are good farmers. Good farmers grow good food. Its easy after that.” That is the culture in their winery and their family. Their wines are a noble reflection.
I was lucky enough to visit the LangeTwins Winery as they “christened” their brand new Press/Tasting Room for their winemaker’s dinner back in May of 1013. I was introduced to their winery through a good friend, Dan Landsberg, who was the guest chef for their event. LangeTwins flew Dan out from Hotel ZaZa in Dallas where he is the Executive Chef at their posh restaurant Dragonfly and his good friend Chef Lance Smith of Smoke also in Dallas. At the time, I thought little of the wines of Lodi. I was pretty well oiled in the barrel rooms of Napa but thought little of the Lodi appellation. It was at that dinner that I realized that my perception of Lodi needed to be reevaluated. In fact, it was a “directive” from Charlene Lange. Thanks for the heads up Charlene. You made a fan.
1525 East Jahant Road
Acampo, California 95220
How to get there:
Travel South from Sacramento on CA-99. Exit CA-99 on Peltier Road to the right heading West. Follow Peltier road until Lower Sacramento Road and turn right. Look for the signs and turn left on East Jahant Road. The winery will be on your immediate right.