This oral history interview is with Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estate. Rudy talks about growing up with a family that was interested in wine, and then discovering grapegrowing and winemaking as an alternative to his graduate studies in Sonoma. From there he charts his journey to starting a small winery in New Jersey, to working in wine distribution, to Oregon and Montinore.
He also talks about biodynamic farming and his efforts at raising awareness of the practice, as well as the changes in Oregon and what comes next for the state’s wine industry.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Montinore Estate in Forest Grove on March 23, 2022.