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Director of Winegrowing

Cameron Parry, Director of Winegrowing at Groth Vineyards & Winery, was hired in 2014 as only the third winemaker in Groth’s history since the family’s first vintage in 1982.

Cameron’s winemaking philosophy begins in the vineyards.  “The real work is in the vineyard itself, to grow the very best fruit possible, and not screw it up in the winery” says Cameron.  If you need to find Parry it’s best to start searching in Groth’s 121 acre Oakville Estate Vineyard, or their 44 acre Hillview Vineyard in Yountville.  Looking forward Cameron says, “Having an intimate and daily knowledge of what is happening in our vineyards guides all of my decisions in the cellar.  I strive to showcase the unique characteristics of the vineyard and vintage, and feel honored to be making Cabernet at the epicenter of Napa Valley’s most esteemed Cabernet district.”

Before arriving in Oakville, Cameron spent the last ten years as Winemaker at the historic Napa Valley winery Chateau Montelena.  Parry holds an M.S. degree in Food Science with an emphasis in Enology from the University of California, Davis.  He also holds a joint Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Biology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from New Mexico State University.  Parry is fluent in Spanish and has been a Board member of the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group and serves on the Enology Grants Review Committee for the American Vineyard Foundation.  When not making wine, Parry is an avid outdoorsman who loves rock climbing, canoeing, and backpacking with his family.  “I don’t want my kids to remember a time when they did not go camping, I live outside.”  He also enjoys gardening and is currently experimenting with fifteen different types of tomato plants.