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A decade ago, twins Randall and Brad Lange built a winery on property where their family has grown grapes for 100 years. The fifth generaton has now joined them in the business.
You could say the Lange twins of Lodi, Calif., are intoxicated by the grape growing business. Randall and Brad Lange represent the fourth generation to farm their family's land. About a decade ago they took the next step and built a winery. Now all five of the twins' children work in the family business, LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards.
The Langes have been farming in Lodi since the 1870s. Johann and Maria Lange started out as watermelon farmers. The family moved into grape growing in 1916, under second-generation leader Albert Lange and his son, Harold. Fourth-generation twins Randall and Brad Lange, now 67, began farming on their own in 1974 and expanded into winemaking in 2006.
The oldest fifth-generation member, Randall's daughter Marissa Lange, 39, is president of the winery. The family has set up governance structures to smooth the way for a partnership among the cousins and, potentially, the sixth generation.
"We certainly knew, growing up, that the family survived by the farm," Marissa says. "The business got started a few years before I was born, and our parents invested every dime they had."
LangeTwins grows grapes and also manages vineyards for clients. The company produces wine from its...Read more