A growing movement: Biodynamic agriculture gains ground in Western vineyards

George Plavin Capital Press October 26, 2023

FOREST GROVE — The journey to biodynamic farming at Montinore Estate began with a tiny soil-dwelling insect. Rudy Marchesi, former president of the 200-acre vineyard and winery west of Portland, remembers finding grape phylloxera for the first time in 1998. These notorious aphid-like pests feed on the roots and leaves of vines, causing damage in heavy infestations.

While looking for ways to manage the bugs, Marchesi said they started focusing more on soil health, gradually adopting organic practices and eschewing conventional sprays in favor of boosting beneficial bacteria and fungi living underground.

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