We recently shared three amazing discussions from our second edition of the Regenerative Viticulture Series.
To celebrate our learnings, we’re releasing a roundup of each of the sessions and some of our favourite insights from them. In this first instalment, we’ve pulled together some highlights from our conversation with the brilliant Mimi Casteel, vineyard manager & winemaker at Hope Well Wine, Oregon.
Mimi grew up working on her parents vineyard and winery, where she first fell in love with the surrounding forests, going on to study a masters in forest science, and working as a botanist and ecologist for the US Forest Service.
In 2005 Mimi came back to farming and viticulture out of a desire to help make changes on private land, where she felt the true threats to the US native ecosystems were occurring. In 2021 she downsized to a smaller plot of land, meaning she no longer sells grapes, and has the opportunity to work more with practitioners looking to start on a regenerative path.
Mimi is a trustee of The Regenerative Viticulture Foundation, a global non-profit aiming to support a transition to more agro-ecological practices in wine-growing, which enhance soil health and biodiversity. The foundation works to connect practitioners to existing educational resources and organisations that provide advice on how to enact this transition to regenerative viticulture.