MONTY WALDIN

DATE OF BIRTH, NATIONALITY / 13 July 1967, British citizen.

EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS / Bachelor of Arts Degree (English & History) with Honours, Oxford Brookes University (1989). WSET Diploma.

LANGUAGES / English (mother tongue). French, Italian.

BOOKS / Wines of South America, 2003 (Winner James Beard Award Best Wine Book, USA). / The Organic Wine Guide, 1998 (Winner UK Wine Guide of the Year 1999). / Biodynamic Wines, 2003 (Winner World Food Media Award). / Biodynamic Wine, 2016 (Infinite Ideas, 2016). /

CONTRIBUTOR / Decanter magazine. / GrapeCollective. / Oxford Companion to Wine ed. Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding MW (Oxford University Press), entries on Biodynamics, Organics, cover crops and sustainability. 

RADIO, TELEVISION / 1994+ Various appearances both live and pre-recorded on TV (BBC1, BBC2), radio (BBC Radio Four, BBC local radio). / 2007-2008 The subject of ‘Château Monty’, a 6-part observational TV documentary on Channel 4 (UK) filmed over 18 months, of Monty growing and making Biodynamic wine in Roussillon, France, the first TV programme on this type. / 2014 Produced England’s first Petillant Naturel sparkling wine from Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes, a 100% Chardonnay called ‘Monty’s Pet Nat’.

WINE-GROWING & WINEMAKING EXPERIENCE 1984-1995 Stagiare or apprentice in Bordeaux, Chile, Germany and California with respected oenologists, winemakers (Marc Quertinier, Jacques Lurton, Friedrich Becker, Walter Schug, Stefan Dorst). / 1998 Created a biodiversity ‘VineGarden’ project for Bobby Fetzer and other Fetzer family members (among California’s organic & Biodynamic pioneers). / 2006+ Biodynamic consultant to various wineries in both hemispheres. 

WINE JUDGE / 2014+ Regional Chair for Tuscany at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2013+ which is held annually in London. / 2018+ Chair for Wine Without Walls, 5 Star Wines, a blind tasting of organic, Biodynamic and Natural wines organised by VinItaly International which is held in Verona, Italy.

PODCAST / 2016+ Co-creator and host of the Italian Wine Podcast (English language, also occasionally in Italian).

PHOTOGRAPHY / Decanter. / Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Guide. / www.cephas.com. / www.chateaumonty.com/photography / www.jancisrobinson.com. / Daily Mail.

SPEAKING / Recent keynote speaking to international conferences on Biodynamic wine in England (2014), New Zealand (2015), Serbia (Dec 2017), Austria (Feb 2018), San Francisco (May 2018). / Presented a Biodynamic Masterclass for Vince magazine at the Budapest Wine Show, 5-7 April 2018, Hungary. / Co-organizer of the first International Biodynamic Wine Conference hosted by Demeter USA in San Francisco (6-7 May 2018). / Presented a Masterclass on Brunello de Montalcino DOCG for Decanter magazine in London on 02 June 2018. / Due to present a Biodynamics 101 at Wine2Wine in Verona 27 November 2018.

WEBSITE / www.chateaumonty.com