The fourth son born to Lester and Marjorie Heringer, and fifth generation farmer was raised in the small fertile river delta community of Clarksburg, CA. Duke returned to the family farming operation in 1977, after graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, emphasizing in Ag-Business Management and Crop Science. He carries a strong reputation in the community for his high Holland Land and Farming and all Duke H. Wine Company goods.
A FAMILY TRADITION
The Heringer Family has been farming in the Clarksburg Delta for more than 140 years. Duke's ancestors emigrated from Holland and pioneered the farming of the upper delta, as the land and water characteristics were very similar to those in their homeland.
The family started growing wine grapes back in the 1970's and has sold wine grapes through the decades to many of the great wineries in California. The Heringer family is respected for being respectful and resourceful land managers and for always being on the cutting edge of innovative farming techniques.
The family vineyards are now located at the Home Ranch on Netherlands Road in Clarksburg, on a 220 acre parcel of beautiful, sandy loam soil bordered on the east by Elk Slough, a tributary of the Sacramento River.