A natural habitat for vineyard animals at Heringer Estates
As a certified sustainable vineyard and winery we take great care to build natural habitat for our vineyard animals. The natural habitat helps the vines and the vines provide food and shelter for delta animals. Keeping a well maintained vineyard, growing seasonal cover crop, regulating drip irrigation, and minimizing spray and the use of additives in the soil all all things that make our vineyard sustainable and improve the animal habitat. We even build owl boxes and partner with the Wildlife Care Associate to release re-rehabilitated owls into the vineyard at our annual Owl Release events every summer. (To learn more about our Owl Release Events check our events calendar.)
In 2019 we moved our tasting room to the vineyard estate on Netherlands Road and as spring blossoms you will be able to see many different types of wild vineyard animals during your tasting experience.
Vineyard animals living on the ground
Rabbits and Hares
When you first drive onto our vineyard road you might see jack rabbits or brush bunnies running across the rode. Some are cute and fluffy while others have huge ears and strong hind legs!!! Several different varieties of rabbits and hares live in the California Delta.
Another animal you can not miss is the wild turkey. The turkey is a rather new addition and very prevalent to the vineyard and river habitat. These land birds have exploded in population in California and live in large gaggles. You may see a bunch of hens surrounded by one puffed up tom anywhere on your way into the vineyard and through the rows of vines.
If you are at our tasting room in the evening there is a chance you could spot a coyote. These small predators usually stay away from humans and look like small wild dogs. Most of the time is just the flick of a tail that you see out of the corner of your eye, but every once in a while we get a good view of them hunting in the vines.
These are just some of the animals you will see on the ground, Expect to also see moles, voles, and quail.
Vineyard animals in the sky
Farmers are always worried about birds right?! That’s why we have scarecrows! In a vineyard, birds can be both harmful and helpful for the vines. Birds we like in our vineyards are predator birds like owls and hawks. These birds help to keep the insects, rodents, and all the wine grape eating animals at bay so we can harvest in late September with grapes at their peak.
Owls and Hawks
Owls and hawks are vital pest managers in the vineyard and we depend on their daily and evening patrols. During the day you can regualarly see the hawks hunting the grounds. If you are visiting us in the evening and you take a minute to listen, there is a good chance you will be able to hear the “hoot, hoot” of Little Hoot in our old oaks.
Every summer we partner with the Wildlife Care Association to release rehabilitated owls into the vineyard. Owls really are amazing creatures. Along the circumference of the vineyard you can find constructed owl boxes. These boxes make wonderful homes for owls and in the spring we usually have babies hatching!
Life at the Tasting Room
Dogs on leashes and wine lovers, are our most recent additions to our vineyard animal life as of 2019. At the tasting room you will see these guys and gals on a daily basis, tasting wine, laughing, and having a great time. You may also bring your own wine lovers and dogs when you come? It is the contribution of all of these animals and friends that make our vineyards and winery truly beautiful and sustainable for generations to come.