Director James Cameron Buys BC Winery

James CameronDirector James Cameron recently bought Beaufort Winery in Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia for an undisclosed price. (Wouldn’t we like to know.)

Cameron joins a growing roster of movie celebrity winemakers. Husband-and-wife team, Susan and Jeff Vandermolen, founded the winery in 2006, and will consult for at least a year.

James, the director of blockbuster movies such as Avatar ($2.7 billion), Titanic, Aliens and The Terminator, wanted to buy agricultural land in the region as a way of spending more time with his family in Canada; he was born in Chippewa, Ontario.

Even though winemaking wasn’t his first interest, he thought it would enhance his plans in sustainable agriculture, having already purchased a cattle ranching operation. He’s also recently become a vegan.

Beaufort Vineyard and Estate produces about 2,000 cases a year, including several red blends wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir rosé and a traditional method sparkling red wine, all in the moderate range of $16 to $24. There are about 8 acres of vineyards planted on the 84 acres of property.

Even though his roots are Canadian, Cameron could afford to buy a luxurious estate in Napa or even newer wineries on the outskirts of Los Angeles, where much of his business interests take him. Instead, he decided to invest in B.C. I think that decision deserves an Oscar.

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