Cameron’s Winery opens for summer with newly approved wine patio

  • Cameron’s Winery has outdoor seating in Northfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Customers sit outdoors at Cameron’s Winery in Northfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 6/18/2020 3:59:46 PM
Modified: 6/18/2020 3:59:36 PM

NORTHFIELD — As the state enters Phase 2 of its reopening plan, allowing restaurants to operate with outdoor seating, Cameron’s Winery has kicked off the summer season with a recently approved outdoor wine patio.

With the new patio open, Leslie Cameron, who owns the business with her husband, Paul, said the winery is ready for a busy season.

“We’re gonna be open seven days a week for tastings through Oct. 31,” Leslie Cameron said Wednesday.

Cameron’s Winery, at 105 Main St., had a pouring permit amendment for outdoor business approved by the Selectboard on June 9, and the wine patio was open by June 13. According to the application request, the outdoor space can seat up to 30 people.

“We think the patio is gonna do really well,” said Paul Cameron. “People seem to really like it.”

“I’m never gonna need to join a health club,” Leslie Cameron joked, commenting on the busy afternoon Wednesday.

While it’s been a busy first week outdoors, Leslie Cameron also said “it’s a blast” having the patio space. The outdoor space features small apple trees and blueberry bushes, as well as water features, that create the feeling customers are sitting in a small orchard.

The patio space, which requires reservations, includes multiple pop-up canopies for customers to sit beneath. Washable tent menus feature health safety rules, food and wine options, and instructions for ordering and paying.

Hand sanitizer is on each table, and all utensils, apart from cheese knives, are disposable. Leslie Cameron said customers are required to wear masks the moment they walk on the premises. Customers must wear masks when the server approaches the table and when they are less than 6 feet away from guests not in their party.

“We are still doing curbside service, too,” Leslie Cameron noted. “So, in the midst of everything, we will have both curbside service and the wine patio through the summer and early autumn.”

The menu for curbside orders is posted online at the business’ new website, cameronswinery.com, and in the front window of the store. Cameron’s Winery is offering “Picnic in a Box” and “Make Your Own Cheese Boards in a Box” sales to go. Each picnic box order comes with sour cream and dill potato salad, chips and a brownie. Cheese boards in a box include a choice of one to five cheeses, crackers, apples and French bread. Wine bottles for curbside orders are being cleaned and run to the curb or picked up from a table outside.

Patrons can call 413-225-3247 to place reservations for the patio or a curbside order. Current business hours are Sundays and Mondays from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.

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