In our conversation with Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estates, we asked him about biodynamics. The winery was Certified biodynamic in 2008. Rudy had set this process up while he was still working for the Montinore Estate as an employee. Pheloxera was what originally motivated him to look at biodynamics. They had so much vine loss and he was looking at how to combat this, instead of just ripping everything out. So he started studying soil microbiology. When he started out, he was more into organic farming. I would imagine his own garden informed this. But working with the wine distribution house on the east coast, he just kept finding that the biodynamic wines he sold in the French Portfolio, were the wines he liked the best.
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