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These Sisters are Farmers First

 

Raquel, along with her two sisters Lisa Kammerer and Shelly Maggio-Woltkamp, are the fourth generation of the Maggio family that came from Italy to Lodi in the early 1900’s.

The first cuttings planted by the family in 1928 evolved into a winery capable of storing 8 million gallons and new technology over the years, leading Oak Ridge Winery and the Maggios to today’s world of farming and premium winemaking.

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RAQUEL CASITY

Raquel Casity is the General Manager of Oak Ridge Winery and fourth generation Maggio family winegrower. She was born and raised in Lodi, California and is the youngest daughter of Rudy Maggio, who purchased the historic winemaking cooperative, East-Side Winery and renamed it Oak Ridge Winery in 2002.

Raquel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific, but has been involved in the vineyards all her life – from playing in irrigation ditches and helping her father check the fields, to later managing her own vineyard of 240 acres of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon with her husband, Bryan.

She returned to Oak Ridge Winery as the Controller in 2015 after taking some time to raise her three daughters, with the main objective to control costs during a time of tremendous growth. Once Rudy stepped back from the day-to-day operations, Raquel became the General Manager.

When Raquel isn’t at the winery or in the vineyard, she loves to
hone her green thumb in the garden, travel, and soak up time with her young granddaughter.

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LAURA DURHAM

Laura Durham joined Oak Ridge Winery in 2021 as Chief
Winemaker. She is responsible for all aspects of winemaking
across Oak Ridge Winery’s expansive portfolio, and her passion for winemaking and problem-solving will serve her well as she continues to expand her techniques with a focus on brand building and premium category expansion.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis and earned her Master’s in Business Administration from CSU Dominguez Hills. Born and raised in Galt, CA, Laura is familiar with the unique Lodi terroir and got her start as a harvest intern at Jessie’s Grove. She worked there while pursuing her degree and was ultimately promoted to Assistant Winemaker. After graduating from UC Davis, she began an internship at Woodbridge Winery, working her way up to Winemaker in under two years.

A self-described blend master and perpetual learner, Laura is
happiest when she feels connected to the craft and possesses a very “hands-on” approach to winemaking. Oak Ridge Winery is excited to have her at the helm of their winemaking team, crafting premium wines representative of the diverse Lodi appellation.

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