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31/10/2014

Californian winery to launch in-house bottling line

LangeTwins Winery in Acampo, California is set to begin operating a new, state-of-the-art bottling line by January 2015 which will provide the family-owned winery and custom crush facility full control over the entire winemaking process – from grapegrowing to the packaged product.

The multi-generational business is committed to long term sustainability in both vineyard and winery productions and much of its vineyard acreage is certified under the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing program.

Co-owner Randy Lange has led the bottling line plan and design effort, which has been ongoing for more than two years, by working with the winemaking team and researching bottling lines by visiting wineries throughout California.

“This bottling line represents the closing of the circle of our original vision and business plan and what we aspired to be when we started the winery in 2006,” he told US Wine Business Monthly.

“It adds a level of quality control we haven’t had up to this point and when we grow or sell a tonne of grapes we now have control of the process from beginning to end.”

Until now, the winery has used mobile bottling services and Lange said current and potential clients have expressed concerns about limitations, logistics and scheduling when using these bottlers.

He said in-house bottling operations will help expand the winery’s custom services’ client base.

This story was originally published in the October 2014 issue of US Wine Business Monthly by wine journalist Ted Rieger.

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