For more than a quarter century, we have produced Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot bianco and Nebbiolo in Dundee, Oregon. Our estate vineyard, Clos Electrique, is planted with multiple clones in the Burgundian style. Our partner, Abbey Ridge, is one of the oldest and most beautifully-farmed vineyards in the state. Our grapes are sustainably farmed & not irrigated.
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But the good news is that our Pinot noir will be available to taste at the Ponzi Tasting Room and Wine Bar in Dundee.
In the late 19th century when the European wine industry was literally imploding due to a little root louse called Phylloxera, many vignerons fled to South America and California. Fortunately for those who stayed, a viable solution was discovered and the vineyards were eventually saved.
Since phylloxera eventually hitched a ride from Europe to the West Coast of North America, these rootstocks are as essential to the vineyards of California and Oregon as they are to Europe. In all these viticultural areas, many vignerons have learned how to join the scion (the part that provides the aerial part of the plant) to the root stock in a process known as “grafting”. Since the vineyards at Cameron contain a huge inventory of different clones of Pinot noir and Chardonnay as well as many Italian varieties, the only viable solution to expanding or replacing sections of the vineyard is to graft the vines ourselves. At first I thought “well, this isn’t rocket science” but after my first gallant attempts, I had to adjust that cogitation…
Bud break just happened in Clos Electrique vineyard, and our friend Jeremy Fenske was there to capture it. Take a look at his beautiful footage after the jump... ...