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. Writes entries on Biodynamics, Organics, cover crops and sustainability for the Oxford Companion to Wine ed. Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding MW (Oxford University Press). 

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 Biodynamic Petillant Naturel sparkling wine, a 100% Chardonnay called ‘Monty’s Pet Nat’ (this was also filmed).

WINE-GROWING & WINEMAKING EXPERIENCE 1984-1995 Worked as a stagiare or apprentice in Bordeaux, Chile, Germany and California with well-known oenologists, winemakers (Marc Quertinier, Jacques Lurton, Friedrich Becker, Walter Schug, Stefan Dorst). 1998 Created a biodiversity ‘VineGarden’ project for the Fetzer family (California’s organic & Biodynamic pioneers). 2006+ Biodynamic consultant to various wineries in both hemispheres (Germany, Chile, Argentina, Montalcino). 

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, occasionally also in Italian).

PHOTOGRAPHY Decanter, Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Guide, jancisrobinson.com, www.cephas.com, Daily Mail and here.

SPEAKING Recent keynote speaking to international conferences on Biodynamic wine in England (2014), New Zealand (2015), Serbia (Dec 2017) and Austria (Feb 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). Due to present a Masterclass on Brunello de Montalcino DOCG for Decanter magazine in London on 02 June 2018.

WEBSITE www.chateaumonty.com