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, June 3rd, 2020

FIELD GRAFTING AT CLOS ELECTRIQUE

Armed with a You Tube video, 2 grafting knives, and advice from an old hand at grafting apples, we learned a field grafting process called t-budding. By grafting scion wood from our stellar Clos Electrique Pinot noir clones onto inferior Dijon clone vines, we will harvest an entire new vineyard block of kick-ass old red Burgundy in just two years!

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