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, January 21st, 2022

Innovation and Inspiration from California

The secret of great Burgundies is the amazing diversity of characteristics, carefully selected by many generations of French winemakers. Over the years, this treasure trove of diversity was brought to California by visionaries such as Paul Masson and Ernest Wente. In 1979, I began my winemaking career at Carneros Creek Winery in the Napa Valley. Here I was introduced to the great wines of Burgundy as well as a 1/2 acre plot of Pinot noir clones from many of the best known Pinot noir vineyards in California. Realizing the amazing bequest that was sitting in front me, I intended then and there to make this a pursuit of my lifetime.

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