Monty Waldin

Monty Waldin

Monty Waldin

Monty Waldin was the first wine writer to specialize in green issues. He is the author of multiple books, including The Organic Wine Guide (Thorsons, 1999); Biodynamic Wines (Mitchell Beazley, 2004); Wines of South America (Mitchell Beazley, 2003), winner of America’s prestigious James Beard Book Award; Discovering Wine Country: Bordeaux (2005) and Discovering Wine Country: Tuscany (2006), both Mitchell Beazley; and Château Monty (Portico, 2008). Monty has contributed on topics of organic and Biodynamic wine to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Guide, Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report and he wrote the entries for Biodynamics and organics in The Oxford Companion to Wine (2015; 2006). He has also contributed to BBC radio and TV, numerous British newspapers and websites, as well as to wine, travel and environmental publications including Decanter, World of Fine Wine, The Ecologist, Star & Furrow (journal of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association, UK) and Biodynamics (journal of the Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association, USA). His most recent books are Monty Waldin’s Best Biodynamic Wines (Floris, 2013) for wine drinkers, Biodynamic Gardening (Dorling Kindersley, 2014) for biodynamic home gardeners, and Biodynamic Wine (2016, Infinite Ideas Oxford), the comprehensive how-to guide for biodynamic wine-growers and students of biodynamic wine. https://www.amazon.com/Monty-Waldin/e/B001K8EIVS

  1. What About the Workers? Why Wine Certifications Don’t Go Far Enough

    What About the Workers? Why Wine Certifications Don’t Go Far Enough

    Certification protects the consumer from dubious marketing claims (clean wine), as well as importers who are reliant on the honesty of their producers but does it go far enough? The next task must be a social contract between winery owners and their staff and communities for fair working conditions.
  2. Kalyna Monnoyer of Casa Raia on authentic Brunello

    Kalyna Monnoyer of Casa Raia on authentic Brunello

    Monty Waldin talks to Kalyna Monnoyer of Casa Raia about making organic, low intervention Brunello di Montalcino.
  3. The Heart of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: Interview with Luca and Nicolò de Ferrari of Boscarelli

    The Heart of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: Interview with Luca and Nicolò de Ferrari of Boscarelli

    "The late ‘80s and the '90s was a fashionable period for oaky wines. Everyone was looking for more structure and more color, because the market wanted those qualities. We tried to maintain our tradition." Nicolò De Ferrari in conversation with Monty Waldin
  4. Brunello's Rising Star: Federico Bartolomei of Podere Canapaccia

    Brunello's Rising Star: Federico Bartolomei of Podere Canapaccia

    Montalcino's smallest winery is also making some of its best wines. With vineyards adjacent to some of Tuscany most famous names, Podere Canapaccia is quietly making outstanding Brunello.
  5. Fattoria Sardi Is Putting Italian Rosé On The Map

    Fattoria Sardi Is Putting Italian Rosé On The Map

    At Fattoria Sardi Matteo Giustiniani is making some of Italy's best rosé. After years of experimentation, his extended skin contact, biodynamic wine has become a benchmark for quality rosé. Monty Waldin talks to Giustiniani about his wine journey.
  6. Lamberto Frescobaldi Talks Tuscan Wine

    Lamberto Frescobaldi Talks Tuscan Wine

    "It's often, wine producers, they love what they do, because they taste only what they do. They don't open themselves. They don't open their heart." Lamberto Frescobaldi in conversation with Monty Waldin
  7. Salcheto: A Non-Interventionist, Interventionist Expression of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

    Salcheto: A Non-Interventionist, Interventionist Expression of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

    "Free sulfite fermentation, definitely now it's a reality, we all consider, it opens up the fruit even more. The borders of the fruit are larger, that's sure." Michele Manelli of Salcheto in conversation with Monty Waldin
  8. The "noble wine" Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: Miriam Caporali and Valdipiatta

    The "noble wine" Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: Miriam Caporali and Valdipiatta

    "We are strictly connected with our tradition, which is a good thing. Although sometimes it's not that good because it doesn't allow us to open our minds." Miriam Caporali of Tenuta Valdipiatta talks to Monty Waldin.
  9. The Elegance of Chianti Rufina: Selvapiana Winemaker Federico Giuntini

    The Elegance of Chianti Rufina: Selvapiana Winemaker Federico Giuntini

    Chianti Rufina wines express a unique elegance. Monty Waldin talks to Chianti Rufina's star winemaker Federico Giuntini about how biodynamics helps him get the most out of the unique Chianti Rufina terroir.
  10. Organic Brunello Pioneer Francesco Leanza

    Organic Brunello Pioneer Francesco Leanza

    "We must focus on hundreds of different Brunellos, from hundreds of difference vineyards, from hundreds of different cru and terroirs. We must produce different wines from this unique place." Francesco Leanza in conversation with Monty Waldin
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