Cameron
United States, Oregon
Green Status: Organic

It took us more than five years to convince John Paul, founder, owner and winemaker of Cameron, to sell us wine. Our first vintage purchased was 1995, a particularly difficult vintage, and we have been buying every drop of wine he has offered to us since then. John and wife Teri are good friends with Rob and Beth Crittenden with John and Rob spending a lot of time debating the fine points of politics and MLS soccer.

 

Cameron is famous for producing beautiful wines with great aging potential from high altitude sites in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley. The estate Clos Electrique Vineyard, first planted in 1984, produces several different clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and there is commercial production of other Italian varietals as well, including Nebbiolo.

 

The Abbey Ridge Vineyard, planted in 1976, higher in altitude and about a mile or two from the winery, is owned and managed by Bill Wayne, and Cameron is one of three buyers of the Abbey Ridge fruit. The upper block of Abbey Ridge has vines that are slightly older and is called Arley’s Leap. There is a significant amount of Chardonnay grown in Abbey Ridge, as well as some Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Auxerrois. Clos Electrique, Abbey Ridge and Arley’s Leap are all managed organically, although not certified.

 

Cameron also makes a Pinot Blanc “Giovanni”, a white blend “Giuliano”, a Ramato from Pinot Gris, a Nebbiolo, occasionally a rose’, and is experimenting with a vermouth. Cameron creates a polyculture in the Clos Electrique Vineyard, with chickens, geese, bees and other critters.

 

Passionate about his winegrowing, John Paul is the co-founder of the DRC, or the Deep Roots Coalition, a worldwide group of viticulturists who are committed to no irrigation of their vines after the initia


Current Inventory
Cameron Guiliano White 2015
Cameron Pinot Noir Clos Electrique 2014
Cameron Pinot Noir Abbey Ridge 2014
Cameron Pinot Blanc Giovanni 2016
Cameron Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015