The story of Peirano Estate Vineyards intertwines with the story of Lodi and dates back to the late 1870s, when Italian immigrant Giacomo Peirano joined the gold mining frenzy for a short time and then moved to the valley that would become Lodi. Giacomo opened a mercantile store for the miners and then went back to Genoa, Italy, to
fetch his bride and other treasures, including a selection of Italian Zinfandel vine cuttings from his family’ s vineyard. Upon his return, he purchased 300 acres of land and propagated and planted the Zinfandel vines, creating one the first vineyards in Lodi.
Today, Lance Randolph is the fourth generation of Peiranos to farm the estate. Through the years, the vineyards have expanded to include not only the naturally rooted, head-trained Old Vine Zinfandel planted by his great-grandfather Giacomo, but Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Merlot, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, Barbera, Syrah, and Malbec. Lance uses many of his great-grand-father’s farming methods, along with new techniques to create the best of both Old World and New World viticulture practices.
In his early years, Lance made wine for personal consumption, simply to demonstrate how excellent Lodi wines can be. Then, in 1991, he decided to start his own label, featuring wine from his estate-grown grapes. The Peirano family home (which dates back to the early 1900s) became one of Lodi’s first tasting rooms. It’s a cozy place, with a charming wine bar and gift shop in the living room.
A colorful member of the Lodi community, Lance is known for wearing red shorts in the vineyard, a practice that began more than 20 years ago as a personal sacrifice to the weather gods to ward off a late spring frost and harvest rains. This Lodi superstition continues today to protect Lodi growers and grapes. Lance’s dedication to promoting Lodi as a winegrowing region knows no bounds.