Next up…a BIG visit at Montinore Estate

July 1, 2019 - Joe & Jean's Willamette Valley Biodynamic Wine Adventure

I've got to tell you straight off...for months now...we've been SO looking forward to visiting Montinore. This was a highlight of our trip from the early stages of researching and planning... Read More.

Why you should catch Oregon biodynamic wine expert Rudy Marchesi at Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands

May 28, 2019 - Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle

One of the world’s leading proponents of biodynamic farming practices in the vineyard, the wise man from Montinore Estate intends to explain why treating the soil right is the only... Read More.

Cow Horns Stuffed with Manure Used by Oregon Winery to Fertilize Vineyards

May 14, 2019 - KGW8

Instead of using pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers, the vineyard uses only natural ways to grow its grapes. Read More.

Five Impressive Oregon-Made Sparkling Wines

May 9, 2019 - Katie Kelly Bell, Cool Hunting

Oregon is known for its award-winning Pinot Noir, but its success with sparkling wine might very well change the conversation. The numbers speak volumes... Read More.

Wines for Spring

April 15, 2019 - Jade Helm, Tasting Pour

I believe you can drink any wine you want any time of year. But there are certain styles I tend to crave with the season. Check out the suggestions I shared on KGW 4 o’clock news... Read More.

Celebrating Biodynamic Wine with Montinore Estate Pinot Noir

April 12, 2019 - Pull That Cork

Today we are sharing a biodynamic wine from the well-known Oregon producer Montinore Estate. We have tasted several vintages of Montinore’s stellar... Read More.

Biodynamic Wines from Montinore Estate with Dinner Tonight

April 12, 2019 - The Swirling Dervish

Our Wine Pairing Weekend crew is back in action this week, shining a light on wines crafted according to biodynamic principles. If you’re confused as to exactly what... Read More.

When Simplicity Can Be a Winemaking Virtue

March 28, 2019 - Eric Asimov, New York Times

The Montinore pinot noir is bright, with flavors of red fruits and an underlying earthy, forest-brush quality. It’s taut and pure, and it tastes like Willamette Valley pinot noir... Read More.

Q&A with Stephen Webber, Head Winemaker, Montinore Estate, Oregon, USA

March 21, 2019 - WSET Global

Englishman Stephen Webber takes us on his wine journey from working in a high street off-licence in the UK to running a large biodynamic, organic winery in Oregon... Read More.

Biodynamic Production Offers a Look at the Future of Fine Wine

March 20, 2019 - Geoff Nudelman, Barron's Penta

Taking a walk through the vineyards at Montinore Estate in Oregon’s Willamette Valley isn’t so striking for what’s there, but more for what isn’t... Read More.

Maialata — Celebrating, Food, and Old-World Traditions

March 12, 2019 - Kelsey Graeber, Experi

On a perfectly frigid Sunday under clear blue skies, dozens of guests expectantly arrived at Montinore Estate in Forest Grove, Oregon for a day of feasting and celebration... Read More.

Tracing the Origin Story of Biodynamic Wine

March 4, 2019 - Hannah Wallace, SevenFiftyDaily

Biodynamic wines are gaining visibility—and popularity—in the wine world. Though they still make up only a small part of global wine production, there are more than... Read More.

Back to the Supermarket: Looking for the Good

February 28, 2019 - Eric Asimov, New York Times

Is it possible to make sizable amounts of wine, say an annual output of around 200,000 bottles or more, while staying true to relatively simple methods of production... Read More.

Biodynamics At Montinore Estate

January 5, 2019 - Crushed Grape Chronicles

In our conversation with Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estate, we asked him about biodynamics. The winery was Certified biodynamic in 2008. Rudy had set this process up while... Read More.

Organic vs. Biodynamic vs. Natural Wine—What's the Difference?

December 26, 2018 - Ray Isle, Food & Wine

Interest in organic, biodynamic, and natural wines is at an all-time peak. But what do those terms really mean? Read More.

Montinore Estate – The Deeper History

December 9, 2018 - Crushed Grape Chronicles

The soil at Montinore Estate in the Northwest corner of the Willamette Valley, is loess from the Missoula Floods. The Missoula Floods… Read More.

Montinore Estate – A Recent History

November 30, 2018 - Crushed Grape Chronicles

It was overcast the morning we headed out to Montinore Estate. That’s not unexpected in Oregon. What was unexpected for me was how vivid the colors were under the cloudy sky. Read More.

A different way to farm, as heard through the grapevine

November 16, 2018 - Mark Miller, Forest Grove News-Times

Montinore hosted an all-day intensive for winemakers, farmers, nursery-owners and other agriculture professionals from across the country. Its topic: "biodynamic winemaking." Read More.

Thanksgiving Wines: A Last-Minute Checklist

November 15, 2018 - Eric Asimov, New York Times

Go American. Many people like to celebrate this American holiday with American wines. Why not? Montinore, in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, makes a very good... Read More.

Biodynamic Winemaking Takes Root In Oregon

September 25, 2018 - Tom Mullen, Forbes

The practice of biodynamic winemaking is also increasing on the world stage. Biodynamic wine production avoids artificial chemical fertilizers or pesticides and instead... Read More.

Biodynamics Goes Big

September 17, 2018 - Betsy Andrews, SevenFiftyDaily

How wine companies are scaling up an agricultural method thought to be hands-on and highly personal... Read More.

The Joys of Oregon Wine Beyond Pinot Noir

August 29, 2018 - Ellen Bhang, The Boston Globe

Winemakers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley win critical acclaim for their vibrant expressions of pinot noir. As the state’s flagship grape, it’s the varietal most associated... Read More.

Montinore Estate: Biodynamic Wines For A Healthier Planet

August 20, 2018 - Kurt Jacobson, Mother Earth News

With consumers demanding more access to organic and biodynamic produce, it’s good to know that wineries are listening. In the Tualatin Valley, just minutes from downtown Portland is where Montinore Estate is located. Montinore is cranking out the most Demeter certified... Read More.

Riesling Renaissance - Germany’s Darling Varietal Makes a Comeback in Oregon

July 20, 2018 - Julie Arnan, 425 Magazine

In the beginning of the Northwest wine industry, most people thought only white German varietals would thrive here. Thus, many of the first plantings were riesling, which... Read More.

5-Minute Arugula Pesto

June 12, 2018 - Platings+Pairings

I paired this arugula pesto with Montinore Estate’s Borealis an easy drinking white blend of Müller-Thurgau, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris... Read More.

Five $20 wines good enough for a millionaire like Steven Mnuchin

May 11, 2018 - Dave McIntyre, Washington Post

I’m a fan of this winery in the northern reaches of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Montinore practices biodynamic viticulture and produces wines with verve and sophistication... Read More.

The 9 Most Beautiful Biodynamic Wineries in the World

April 20, 2018 - Charu Suri, Architectural Digest

With the increasing spotlight on conservation around the world, more vineyards are committed to sustainability and becoming biodynamic now than ever before, adhering to the principles of the philosopher Rudolf Steiner. He believed that the position of the moon and stars... Read More.

We Asked 10 Winemakers: What's Your Favorite Wine-and-Cheese Pairing?

March 9, 2018 - Christine Clark, Vinepair

While most wine and cheese pairings are going to be pretty darn O.K., there’s a special kind of magic when the flavors and textures of your wine and cheese are well matched. And who better to match them than someone who made one of them? So, we asked 10 winemakers... Read More.

At Montinore, Maialata Celebrates Food and Life

February 28, 2018 - Willamette Valley Wine

For six years now Montinore Estate has recreated this tradition as owner Rudy Marchesi and Nostrana owner and chef Cathy Whims partner up for an event that includes a live butchery demonstration, sausage stuffing class and other workshops, great wine, and a feast in... Read More.

Montinore Estate

January 26, 2018 - Katrina, Wine Tasting AF

Oh Montinore, my sweet, sweet Montinore. You will always have a dear spot in my heart and will always be my first love. Montinore was one of the first real wine tasting rooms that I visited. I fell in love pretty quick. Taste their wines and you’ll understand why.... Read More.

The 131 Best Organic Wines for 2018

January 24, 2018 - Donna Sozio, Organic Authority

It’s been a banner year for organic, biodynamic, and wines made with organic grapes. Bottles are winning awards, topping lists, and taking the spotlight. Whether you are new to organic and biodynamic wines or a seasoned aficionado, this guide will help you curate... Read More.

Montinore Vineyards - Deep Roots in Oregon Biodynamic Farming

January 3, 2018 - Ryan Gaughan, People's Food Co-op

In October of 2017 I had the great pleasure of visiting Montinore Vineyards, producers of several wines carried by People’s Food Co-op. Montinore is a 200-acre vineyard estate that finds itself in the northernmost end of the Willamette Valley wine growing region... Read More.

Exploring the Joys of Fine Oregon Rieslings

December 28, 2017 - The Sommelier Files

As much as I enjoy writing about new wine trends, I’m always happy to hear about the resurgence of classic grape varieties that suddenly come back in style after years of being overlooked. One of the exciting cases in point is the recent Oregon Riesling Revival.... Read More.


November 26, 2017 - MUST Wine Blog

Montinore's Roots Collection of wines is the embodiment of versatility in domestic wine. High in acid and food-friendly but unique and full of character, each bottle delivers great value and an authenticity and transparency that is rare at this price point.... Read More.

Montinore Estate: Wine Made with Biodynamic Grapes

November 22, 2017 - Pull That Cork

When a recent opportunity to receive tasting samples of Montinore Estate wines presented itself, I was quick to respond in the affirmative. I recognized the Montinore name immediately. Last August I enjoyed a bottle of 2015 Montinore Pinot Gris we received through... Read More.

Wine of the Day, No. 312

October 14, 2017 - Bigger Than Your Head

It’s always easy to toss around the word “unique,” especially in the realm of the world’s wines, since an infinite number of grapes, blends, regions and styles exists in a dazzling and confounding array. Still, I will venture out to the tip of the twig here and assert that the Borealis... Read More.

Orange Crush

October 1, 2017 - Oregon Wine Press

Pure elegance in a glass, this Pinot Gris has a hint of amphorae-aged Gewürztraminer, adding exotic notes of Mandarin orange, orange rind and roses to the aroma and finish. If a wine could deliver happiness... Read More.

Basics of Biodynamic Agriculture

September 26, 2017 - The Grapevine

Working with a small vegetable farm, [Rudy] Marchesi implemented biodynamics and saw dramatic results. After experiencing such an effective change, he decided to move forward and bring it to the vineyard... Read More.

Biodynamic Basics

September 1, 2017 - Oregon Wine Press

Rudy Marchesi, president and chief viticulturist of Montinore, organized the seminar for several reasons, including “[the continuation] of Biodynamic education; improving and enhancing grape growing and winemaking; sharing information with those... Read More.

15 Great Pinot Noirs for Less Than $50

August 21, 2017 - Bloomberg Pursuits

A surprisingly satisfying pinot for the price, this Oregon bargain is made from 100 percent certified biodynamic grapes. It’s a drink-me-now version of the state’s bright, fresh, red berry and spice style... Read More.


July 3, 2017 - Martha Stewart

#29. Sip a new white. -- Our food editors are loving Borealis, from Montinore Estate in Oregon’s North Willamette Valley, a crisp, justsweet- enough blend of Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Gris, and Riesling grapes. Read More.

Is Affordable Pinot Noir Becoming A Unicorn Wine?

April 14, 2017 - Forbes Magazine

Today it seems that delicious handcrafted pinot noir at a decent price is pure fantasy--some might even call it "unicorn" wine. The varietal is costly these days; I regularly see pinot noir wines that run $50-$85 a bottle. Granted, they taste amazing and at that price point... Read More.

12 Oregon pinot noir wines that prove a 50-year-old gamble paid off

February 14, 2017 - Dispatch Argus, QC Online

You could say that Oregon is a pinot noir bridge. The state's most celebrated and successful wine style generally could be classified as somewhere between the heady, earthy pinot noirs of Burgundy — the grape's ancestral home in France — and the fruity, jammy pinots of... Read More.

Putting Together the Details of Oregon Pinot Noir

October 13, 2016 - New York Times

Montinore Estate is in the cool northern Willamette near the town of Forest Grove, and this wine comes from its biodynamically farmed estate vineyard. As you may expect with a good cooler-climate pinot noir... Read More.

Your Next Lesson: Oregon Pinot Noir

September 15, 2016 - New York Times

After a string of summery rosés and whites, it’s time to get back to red wine. Not that I am a seasonal stickler. I drink plenty of whites in cold weather and reds in warm. But the onset of autumn... Read More.

20 Wines for Under $20: The Spring Edition

April 21, 2016 - New York Times

Another perennial favorite and great value. This pinot noir from Montinore is grown biodynamically. Its dark, earthy fruit flavors are interlaced with savory, meaty herbal tones that make... Read More.