DATE OF BIRTH, NATIONALITY | 13 July 1967. British citizen. Real name: Matthew Waldin.
EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS | Twyford Preparatory School, Winchester, Hampshire, England (1977-1980). | Bedales School, Hampshire, England (1980-1985). | Oxford Brookes University (1986-1989). Bachelor of Arts Degree (English & History) with Honours. | WSET Diploma (1994).
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.com. / Oxford Companion to Wine ed. Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding MW (Oxford University Press), entries on Biodynamics, Organics, cover crops, natural wine 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 of this type. / 2014 Produced England’s first Petillant Naturel sparkling wine from Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes, a 100% Chardonnay called ‘Monty’s Pet Nat’, the grapes coming from Albury Organic Vineyard in Surrey, near London.
WINE-GROWING & WINEMAKING EXPERIENCE | 1984-1995 Stagiare or apprentice in Bordeaux, Chile, Germany and California with various respected oenologists, winemakers (Marc Quertinier, Jacques Lurton, Friedrich Becker, Walter Schug, Stefan Dorst, Gérard Gauby). / 1998 Created a biodiversity ‘VineGarden’ project for Bobby Fetzer and other members of the Fetzer family (who are among California’s organic & Biodynamic wine pioneers). / 2006+ Occasional 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. 2019+ Co-General Chairman of 5Star Wines The Book.
PODCAST | 2016+ Co-creator and host of the Italian Wine Podcast (Mainly English language, sometimes in Italian, occasionally funny). Winner Best Interview Born Digital Wine Awards 2018 (for a podcast interview with Joe Bastianich).
SPEAKING | Recent keynote speaking to international conferences on Biodynamics-Organics in England (2014, Demeter UK), New Zealand (Organic Wine Conference, 2015), Serbia (Dec 2017, Demeter Serbia), Austria (Feb 2018, Demeter Austria), San Francisco (May 2018, Demeter USA). 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. Presented a Biodynamics 101 at Wine2Wine in Verona 27 November 2018.
WEBSITE | www.chateaumonty.com