John Paul

I started out as a marine biologist out of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography & worked as a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley in a high powered lab. But while my research in plant physiology and biochemistry was gratifying, I realized that what I really wanted to do was to grow things and ferment them! So being close to the Napa Valley I made my way into the wine business in 1978.

By 1984 I was ready to do my own thing and by then I had "discovered" the Oregon experience where anything was possible and already at that point, some of the best wine on the West Coast was starting to be made. My wife and I started Cameron Winery that year, bought property and while I made wine she kept us afloat by teaching college chemistry in Portland.

I became immediately aware of 1000 Friends and land use planning as I prepared our vineyard just outside the Dundee city limits. Because of the AF designations around me and Oregon's Right to Farm laws, I knew that I was safe to invest everything that I had in our project. The phenomenal growth of the Oregon Wine Industry is only possible because of the progressive land use laws that 1000 Friends has vowed to protect.