After seven years, a popular Lodi winemaker has finally opened a tasting room to the public. LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards held the grand opening for its 150-by-50-square-foot tasting room on Saturday, to open arms from the Lodi community.
“We’re really giving a growing group of people in the community a chance to come in and taste or purchase several of the wines we produce here,” Randy Lange said Saturday at the grand opening.
Opened in 2006, LangeTwins had until now only used the tasting room, located under the huge loading bridge in the rear of the plant, to entertain clients.
Lange said that the winery, which he founded with his brother Brad, has been busy during the last few years visiting other states and markets to promote the LangeTwins name.
However, the name has also been very popular right here at home, and Lange said it was the right time to open a room for customers in the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding areas.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Lange said at the grand opening. “But the reality is we’re supporting not only the LangeTwins Winery by opening this room, but the Lodi community. (The Lodi wineries) are all one giant family developing premium wines our customers love.”
Lange and his wife Charlene, who was helping pour samples, clean glasses and make sure everything ran smoothly on Saturday, said several of their customers had been asking when a public tasting room would be open.
“This was just the right time in our family to make that next leap,” Charlene Lange said. “It’s nice to know that people can now come on site and sample many of our wines.”
The room will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a $5 tasting fee for the “every day” flight of wines offered, and a $10 fee for the reserve wines. The fees are refundable with a purchase of a full bottle.
The grand opening began at 11 a.m. Saturday, and by 3 p.m., tasting room manager Amanda Lange estimated that about 350 people had attended the event. However, she said the room wasn’t packed until about 12:30 p.m.
She said that because Saturday’s crowd was so large and full of people who were fans of the LangeTwins name, she’s hoping large numbers will return in the future.
“People are really excited,” Amanda Lange said. “And it’s interesting when you talk to people today, because you’ll find some who are friends of our friends, or neighbors of people who have worked on our solar equipment or other parts of the winery. And we’re just happy to have them here and happy they can taste the wines we offer.”
Two huge fans of the LangeTwins wares are Lodi residents Jessica Combs and Joey Metcalf. The couple said that while they enjoy several Lodi wines, they’ve always loved the LangeTwins selections offered at local restaurants and stores. They have tried to sample as many as they could find, they said, and now that the tasting room is open, they will have the chance to do so without searching.
“This has been a really great opening,” Metcalf said. “I think this is one of the best tasting rooms in Lodi, if not the best.”
Metcalf said he liked how the serving bar had two sides with winery employees in the center so they could serve more customers. Many tasting rooms have just one counter, he said, somewhat limiting the number of people they are able to serve.
He and Combs both liked the ambience of the room as well. The wood-covered walls are adorned with the wine varietals LangeTwins offers. The ceilings are high and the room is well lit, and the rear of the room is filled with stacks of large wine barrels, highlighting the hard work and history the winery has put forth.
“It’s very modern, but still has this certain charm to it that makes it look like it’s existed for a long time,” Combs said.
The couple said they will definitely return, and hope other wine lovers — those already familiar with LangeTwins and those who aren’t — visit as well.
LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards is located at 1525 E. Jahant Road. For more information, visit www.langetwins.com.