Region: Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
Variety: Pinot Noir
Winemaking: Practicing organic, salmon-safe
Cameron Winery’s focus on sustainable farming demands a level of care and attention that is evident in every last drop of the wine they produce. John Paul started Cameron in 1984 after deciding he’d rather make wine than use his PhD in marine biochemistry. Now Cameron produces 3,000 to 4,000 cases of high quality, hand-crafted and sustainably-farmed wine a year. Part of Cameron’s effort to farm sustainably is to operate as a non-irrigated vineyard, so the vine’s roots grow deep into the Willamette Valley’s iron rich soil and produce a wine unique to this part of the world.
Clos Electrique is farmed organically which means elemental sulfur is used during the growing season to prevent growth of powdery mildew. Copper hydroxide and leaf removal are employed in the vicinity of grape clusters to inhibit botrytis. Insect pests are generally kept in check by cultivation of predatory insects with integrated cover crops. This is one of the warmer vineyard sites in the Red Hills of Dundee and usually is harvested during the second half of September. This was also the very first certified Salmon-Safe vineyard in Oregon, which reflects Cameron’s long term commitment to riparian protection, water management and conservation of native biodiversity.