Old World Meets New World Vineyard Practices
Nestled between the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Lodi has an ideal Mediterranean climate with deep, rich, sandy-loam soils and abundant quality water. Lance Randolph, fourth generation Peirano, winemaker, and grower uses the best of Giacomo Peirano’s, Lance’s great grandfather, farming methods and implements new techniques to create the best of “Old World Meets New World” viticulture practices. By the 2000s, Peirano Estate Vineyards had established a good reputation for producing quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay grapes on the various systems mentioned above. Always looking for ways to challenge himself, Lance went on a quest to develop the ultimate effective viticulture system. After spending countless hours researching the various options, Lance realized that what he was searching for had actually been created hundreds of years ago and implemented by his great grandfather in the early 1900s with his Zinfandel vines, taking him back to the old head pruning system. After having experimented with the harvesting machine, he realized that hand picking like his great grandfather did, while time consuming and more costly, resulted in the best quality grapes. In turn, he developed his new varietals Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Barbera, Muscat Canelli, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Malbec and Tempranillo in the same manner his great grandfather had done, thus connecting the link between four generations of farming, bringing everything back full circle. Today, four generations later, Lance Randolph is a man on a mission. His mission is to not only produce the best wine to ever come out of the region but to also create worldwide recognition for the brand and the Lodi Appellation. Like his great grandfather, he knows that the first step towards accomplishing this mission begins in the vineyard. At Peirano Estate Vineyards, the best “Old World” viticulture practices will always be utilized with the greatest “New World” techniques to ensure the best quality wine to ever come out of the Lodi Appellation.