We just love wine...and family!
Centered in the heart of the Lodi appellation, Twisted Roots Vineyard is the work of three generations of family dedicated to the practice of growing great wine grapes following sustainable growing practices. While our family's vineyard was established in 1918, it wasn't until recently that we began producing our own wines.
The Twisted Roots Vineyard label started with a Petite Sirah in 2005 produced by Ross Schmeit, as a result of an over abundance of Petite Sirah on the vineyard. In 2009 production was expanded to include other varietals grown on the estate, while the wine making was moved from the old farmhouse, to our partners at Estate Crush. Even though our famous Petite Sirah we will always continue to be our flagship variety, we also offer Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Old Vine Zinfandel (1918) along with yearly "Limited Release" wines.
Twisted Roots Wine LLC, was incorporated in 2010 by partners Josh Ruiz, Mike Hodge and Ross Schmiedt. Ross passed away in March of 2014 and will always be remembered for his contributions to making Twisted Roots what it is today.
In January of 2016, Josh and Julie bought Twisted Roots from the family. A few months later, the Twisted Roots partnership took on a new look as college friends Andy Gulley (wife Laura) of Fresno, Matt Brem (wife Laura) of Salinas, and Neil Amarante of Paso Robles joined Josh and Julie in an effort to help grow the business.
Also joining the partnership is Whitney Pridey (husband Matt) of Salinas who is the current wine club manager and also the sister of Matt Brem.
Each partner brings a unique skillset to that has proven to be invaluable in helping Twisted Roots reach its goals.
This Is How We Do It
We're just Twisted enough to produce great wines!
Here at Twisted Roots Vineyard we believe in letting the grapes speak for themselves. We feel that our work in the vineyard is where our wines get their flavor and overall complexity. As "Green Growers" we follow sustainable farming practices throughout the entire wine making process. From our attention to soil nutrient balance in the vineyard, to our barrel-fermentation, and small production each year, we feel as though we can produce a product that showcases the grape and the Lodi appellation.
As a part of our philosophy of "let the fruit speak for itself", we prefer to use "neutral" French Oak barrels to ferment and age some of our Red and White wines. By the time a barrel is about 5 years old, it is virtually "neutral" as far as its influence on the taste of the wine, and is used as a vessel for ageing without imparting flavors. This allows the grapes, either red or white, to express more of their natural flavors as you drink, instead of being over whelmed with oak tastes. As the wine goes through secondary fermentation in these neutral barrels, it takes on some of the very subtle oak flavors, which are a distant second to the grapes. It should be noted that sustainable farming is different than organic farming.
Twisted Roots sources its fruit mainly from three vineyards. Our Cabernet Sauvignon, 1918 Old Vine Zinfandel and Costamagna Zinfandel come from the Dairy Vineyard. This vineyard is bordered by the Mokelumne River to the East and Bruella Road to the west. Our Chardonnay and Petite Sirah come from CLR Farms.