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 8th, 2017

A Wee Rant About "Natural Wines"

I am a bit perplexed by the popularity of a relatively new genre of wine: “Natural Wines”. In my opinion, this is a narrow and arbitrary classification meant to suit the marketing needs of whoever is using it. When I see a cloudy wine and am told “Oh this is a natural wine”, I am compelled to retort “I can’t think of anything more natural than gravity…maybe the winemaker should have waited to rack his wine for bottling!” And when one encounters a wine which is either oxidized or smells of fingernail polish remover or has been brutalized by a lactic acid bacteria infection, sure these are “natural processes” but they also emanate from poor winemaking practices.

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