In the words of Mel Brooks, "It's good to be the King."
James Cameron, who holds the top two spots for the highest-grossing films of all-time with "Avatar" and "Titanic," has expanded his sustainable farming empire with the $2.7M purchase of Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery.
Located in the Comox Valley region on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Beaufort contains a modest 8-acres of vines and specializes in small-batch, high-quality vintages. In 2013 alone, the winery earned 27 medals in competitions around the world.
According to Mark Timmermans, the man Cameron hired to maintain the property (as well as an additional 84 acres nearby), the recent purchases in Canada align with the director's interest in sustainable agriculture.
“He has a real interest in organic and sustainable growing and how important farming is for the world,” Timmerman told The Times Colonist. “I was excited about that overall vision.”
Photo credit: Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery
In recent years, Cameron and his family have stepped up both their environmental activism and land grabs around the world. Besides their 100-acre ranch in California, the Camerons are part-time residents and owners of more than 3,500 acres of land (including a commercial walnut farm) in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand. This latest buy, however, brings the 59-year-old closer to his roots.
"I grew up working on my grandfather's farm in Canada and my wife Suzy's family own a farm in Oklahoma," he said in 2012. ''We want to raise our kids with the values we had when we were growing up, close to the land and with a strong work ethic."
While The Times Colonist says that Cameron purchased some "cattle ranching operations" on Vancouver Island, don't expect this committed vegan to keep them that way. The dairy farm he purchased in New Zealand is no longer - a decision he feels better reflects his embrace of a plant-based lifestyle.
“I’ve had an epiphany recently,” Cameron told a packed audience during the National Geographic Society's 125th anniversary gala last June. “I want to challenge all of you as people of deep conscience, people who are environment stewards of the earth and oceans … By changing what you eat, you will change the entire contract between the human species and the natural world."
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