Heringer Estates Brings Local Wines to Sacramento Farmers Markets

The Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, Calif., brings eight wineries together about 15 minutes from Downtown Sacramento, giving local vintners such as Heringer Estates Family Vineyards and Winery the opportunity to deliver their wines directly to customers at their tasting room as well as online and at farmers markets.

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Heringer’s signature wine is the Petite Sirah, which Heringer’s Cara Manich said grows well in the Sacramento Delta. But coming in May are two new wines.

The 2012 Riesling is an all-new wine for the estate, which was founded in 1868 by the Heringer family. Another new wine is a Rosé, from which 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research.

“We’re calling the Rosé Hope’s Thread,” Manich said, adding that Heringer offers 14 different varietals, including rarer wines such as Teroldego, a robust red Italian varietal.

Heringer and its 145 acres of vineyards have always been family-owned, and Manich said that even today, all the family members play some role in the winery.

In addition to family, sustainable farming and the farm-to-fork initiative are important to Heringer, which sells wines at local farmers markets in Sacramento and Davis.

“I think it’s really important that people know where their food comes from,” Manich said. “If they know where it’s coming from, they are making smarter decisions about health and the environment.”

For the past decade, Heringer has also used alternative and sustainable farming techniques that allow growers to avoid pesticides and chemicals.

When it comes to bottling, Manich said the company uses EcoCasks, which work for wine similar to the way growlers work for beer. The EcoCask can be purchased and refilled at any of Heringer’s local farmers market booths.

Farmers markets include Saturdays at the Davis Country Club Plaza, Sundays in Sacramento at Eighth and W streets, Wednesdays in Davis’ Picnic in the Park, the Natomas market in Sacramento on Saturdays and Capitol Mall in Sacramento on Thursdays.

Tastings are done at the Old Sugar Mill, and bottles can be purchased online and shipped. Winery tours are available by appointment.

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Heringer Estates is open at the Old Sugar Mill from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day except Tuesdays.

In addition to the new wines coming out in May, Heringer Estates is looking to expand into the restaurant market, which would allow patrons to buy wine by the glass at their favorite Sacramento restaurants. There are currently no plans to start selling the wine in stores.

“Our wines are handcrafted, “ Manich said. “The family has been farming in Clarksburg since 1868, and they work really well together. They always try to think of how they can be better farming.”