Spring is bringing us more than bud break to the vineyards this year!
Every spring our pruned vineyards burst forth with new life as the first baby buds reach out and greet us with the warmer, longer days. Bud Break is an exciting time, filled with anticipation, hope, and wonder. Our young budding vines are not the only things being refreshed and starting new this spring. Papa Steve’s Heringer Heritage Barn restoration project has started and is scheduled to open summer 2018. The 130+ year old Great Western Horse barn has been
on the working vineyard for over 7 generations and is a key element of the Heringer Estates bottle label.
Papa Steve reflects, “The barn is a symbol of our dedication to honor our forefathers and the hard work they contributed to Clarksburg. We look forward to continuing to contribute to the evolving landscape of agriculture in the Sacramento River Delta with our new space.”
The Heringer Heritage Barn will be used for wine tasting, events, and a family history museum.
A little history of the Heritage Barn
The barn was originally built in the late 19th century one mile south of its current location along South Netherlands Road, just west of town. In the early 1940’s the barn was raised and moved in one piece on several wagons to be used for winter feed storage and animal cover for a small herd of cattle. The cattle provided meat to the Headquarter Cookhouse run to feed local farm laborers at the time. In the 1950s the barn also served the family’s 4-H animal projects. Throughout the years the family farm has evolved and adapted and with each change the barn was a valuable structure on the estate. It has been the two-decade old dream of Papa Steve’s (fifth generation) to restore the barn to last another 130 years and open it to the public as a family and agricultural history museum
Much like the vineyards are pruned, we started the Heringer Barn restoration in January 2018 by strengthening the old to support the new. With a new modern open design twist on the original floor plan, the barn will have many of its historical components incorporated into the interior. The old barn wood from the siding and roof of the original will be incorporated into the interior cabinetry, siding, and tasting bar. The goal of the restoration is to stay true to the bones of the building, but with the intention to house wine tasting, events, weddings, and community gatherings.
What is yet to come. . .
The view from the barn this spring consists of a vineyard ecosystem bursting with life. The cover crop is in bloom and the leaves of the vines are unfurling. When summer arrives and the venue opens you will be delighted with picturesque vineyards just starting the process of veraison (grapes turning deep purple).
When you enjoy a glass of our estate wines looking out on our 20 year old Chardonny and Petite Sirah vineyards it will create a complete experience of Heringer Estates’ past present, and future in the Clarksburg region. Like the Heringer family for generations, you too will now be able to watch the vineyards develop year round and appreciate the breathtaking view of a Clarksburg sunset, grape bins full after harvest, cover crops bursting with flowers, and all the bustling and beauty of a working vineyard.
We are so excited to take this adventure with you and to share the true beauty of the land. Follow the Heringer Heritage Barn restoration progress with us on instagram, sign up for our newlsetter, or join the wine club to keep in touch. We’ll be opening soon!