This is a story of family, farming, and winemaking. Angelo Maggio arrived in Lodi in 1996 immigrating from the Italian Coast of Genova with his wife Louisa. They planted the first cuttings in 1928 on the property of their first ranch home, which laid the foundation for the long, winding journey that culminates in the production powerhouse that is Oak Ridge Winery. Rudy’s three daughters, each wine growers in their own right, now oversee the operations at Oak Ridge Winery, with a focus on hospitality, brand building, and expansion. A multigenerational operation, their vineyards, along with those of their father, account for 2,500 acres throughout the Lodi AVA.
In the vineyards where Old Soul grapes grow, towering oak trees abound, some dating back hundreds of years. Barren and haunting, these trees bud and bloom anew each year, mirroring the vines they surround – a stark reminder of the prophecy of spring.
For generations, these vines have stood up to the sun and rain, each year producing grapes that capture the essence of the soil surrounding them. Their mature nature allows them to withstand drought, ripen more evenly, and have more intense, concentrated flavors. The Maggio family has farmed these grapes for five generations – mature vines, intense fruit, old souls.