Montinore Estate: Biodynamic Wines For A Healthier Planet


Montinore Estate tasting room 

With consumers demanding more access to organic and biodynamic produce, it’s good to know that wineries are listening. In the Tualatin Valley, just minutes from downtown Portland is where Montinore Estate is located. Montinore is cranking out the most Demeter certified estate wines from clean and pure biodynamic grapes in the United States.

I visited the Tualatin Valley in October 2017 to explore farm markets, restaurants, and wineries. It’s lots of fun to visit these types of businesses and sample their goods. One of the most memorable sites of my trip was two hours spent at Montinore Estate. The ivy climbing the exterior wall of the tasting room building was turning red with the approaching fall weather. Inside I was treated to a sampling of their exceptional wines from fruit-forward white blends to intense pinot noirs. Even though two hours seems like plenty of time to investigate a winery, Montinore needed much more research.

Montinore Estate Tasting Room

As a consumer of organic or biodynamic produce, I’ve started searching out the same green and clean practices in the wine I drink. Tens of thousands of other wine drinkers are also looking for wine that was made from grapes not dusted with toxic sprays or chemicals used in winemaking. Back in the 1990s it was hard to find a good tasting organic/biodynamic wine at a reasonable price.  Times are a changing and Montinore is leading the way.

I recently had the chance to interview outgoing president Rudy Marchesi after his daughter Kristin took over the reins. Rudy is still active by helping the head winemaker, Stephen Webber, and new viticulturist, Karen Peterson. I wanted to hear from this pioneer of Biodynamic® grape growing and winemaking what it was like to go against the grain and eschew chemicals and other unfriendly eco-practices that most wineries participate in.

Montinore Estate truck

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