During the 1870’s our Great-Grandparents, Johann and Maria Lange, settled in Lodi and began a family farm growing non-irrigated watermelons with their son, Grandpa Albert. The farm grew year over year and by 1916 we had our family’s first grape-ranch. It was on this ranch where our dad, Harold, was born in 1920. Just like his father, it was natural for Dad to work with Grandpa to gain experience in order to carry on our family’s agricultural roots.
Grandpa and Dad’s farm expanded to include the River Ranch and the DeVries Road Ranch, where we were raised. We continued the tradition of working the vineyards and in 1974 we decided to farm on our own. It was an exciting time for us because as we grew our business, our family grew as well. We were both married (Randall to Charlene and Brad to Susan) and by 1982 the fifth generation was here! Between our families we have five kids — Marissa, Aaron, Philip, Kendra and Joe.
As the kids grew up on the River Ranch they developed an appreciation for winegrowing by working summers and harvest with us. After college they each decided to come back to the family farm, so we took the next step and built a winery in 2006. Today we all have unique responsibilities within the winery and viticulture teams, continuing our agricultural roots and growing our winery and wine brands. As fifth generation winegrowers we look forward to working with the sixth!
– Randall and Brad Lange