Our Farming Philosophy

Sheriff Guido watches over Cameron Winery's Clos Electrique Vineyard

Cats hunt rodent pests, allowing us to avoid the use of poisons for vermin control.

The ultimate agricultural system is essentially a self-contained order in which everything is recycled and the only significant inputs come in the form of sunlight and precipitation.

In striving to achieve this ideal at Cameron, animals become a critical part of the equation. Chickens eat grubs and kitchen waste, while in return nourishing the soil and occasionally providing meals to the local raptor population. Goats eat down and eliminate blackberries, poison oak and other plant pests, eliminating the use of herbicides and at the same time providing manure for the compost pile. Whey from their milk is also used to prevent powdery mildew in the vineyard. Honey bees pollinate and encourage re-seeding of cover crops. Finally, the geese contribute levity to the whole scene so that our vineyard crew stays engaged, reducing the need for outside entertainment.

Cameron Winery was the very first certified Salmon-Safe vineyard in Oregon   This reflects our long term commitment to riparian protection, water management and conservation of native biodiversity.

The chicken tractor fertilizes vineyards at Cameron Winery one peck at a time

Chicken coops move up and down the vineyard rows to distribute fertilizer.

From John, December 3rd, 2017

A Primer on Pinot noir Genetics

Pinot noir is well known for consisting of a multitude of clones, which over the generations have been selected for desirable characteristics. In the 1950’s, agricultural science decided to “sanitize” the genome of many of these clones. The result was vigorous vines with large crops and wines with less character. The controversy over the use of indexed vines continues.

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