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m2 Wines settles in to new location

m2 Wines has relocated to a new facility, 2900 Peltier Rd., Acampo, as of January 2014 and owner/winemaker, Layne Montgomery explained that they outgrew the old building on East Turner Road and had an opportunity at a new location, so they took it.

There is something unique about the new m2 facility which has Montgomery’s concept of giving visitors and wine club members an indoor, outdoor vineyard tasting experience. The architect constructed the tasting room so that all the panels slide open so the room can be fully open.

The outdoor landscaping has not been completed and a couple different varieties of grapes will be planted in the three acres between the parking lot and the tasting room. The property is still under development and the front of it will be Phase I. Phase II will be finishing the remainder of the property, with the overall goal to present a seamless transition between indoors and out.

“It will be a little more scenic,” said Montgomery of when the phases are complete. “The architect elevated the concept and it is really a cool looking building.”

With over 1,000 wine club members, Montgomery wanted a nice place for people to enjoy tasting m2 Wines.

“It has been busy on Saturdays, we will have 300 to 400 people going through here, it’s incredible,” expressed Montgomery. “And it’s not just local regional folks, we are getting people from all over the country, and that’s happening all across Lodi, so it’s not just us.”

Montgomery started his wine career as a hobby in 1999 making wine in his home in Sacramento, with his first 30 gallon barrel of wine produced in the fall of 1999. After the first barrel, Montgomery met his original partner and the idea of a commercial winery began.

“As time went on the original business partner quit, we bought him out and other partners came in and my first commercial vintage we did 750 cases of 2004 Vintage Wines,” said Montgomery.
So far this year, he added, they have “bottled about 3,800 cases of 2012 reds and 2013 whites.”

“I never expected anything like this (new facility),” admitted Montgomery. “We didn’t think much beyond just the next vintage.”

Since being in the wine business, Montgomery has taken several classes and attended several seminars in making wine.

The grapes are sourced from the same vineyards that they have been using since they started like Soucie Vineyard Zinfandel in Lodi that was planted in 1916. The Cabernet is from a vineyard in El Dorado County that they have been using since 2001 and the Syrah from a vineyard in Amador County that they have been using since 2002 or 2003.

Harvest will start in late August and can possibly continue through late October. All the processing will be done at the new facility where they will do all the traditional wine making methods enhanced with current scientific research and technology.

At m2 Winery some of the varieties you will find are a white wine, Viognier, Old Vine Zinfandel, which is one of their biggest sellers, Select Block is red blend, Trio is a blend of a cabernet, Syrah, and zinfandel, and Tormenta is a tempranillo.

m2 Wines along with six other wineries have also collaborated on a project called Lodi Native.

“We came up with this whole set of winemaking protocols of pretty much minimal intervention with the purpose of letting the grapes, the vineyard, the patch of dirt where those grapes were grown speak in the wine rather than doing our own style,” stated Montgomery. “It is a really interesting thing and all six wineries are quite the fun group when we are all together.”

The wines can be purchased at several retail stores like Costco in Lodi and Folsom, Rinaldi’s Market, and several restaurants in the area.

The tasting room is open from Thursday to Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also by appointment.

Visit the website for more information,

or call 209-339-1071.