Philippe Coderey comes from a very long line of vine growers and farmers in southern France and Switzerland. His last name finds its roots in the old French verb ‘codurer’ - which meant to cultivate vineyards. His ancestors were named after their vocation during the 11th century. He grew up on the family vineyard in Provence, France and was fortunate to be exposed to traditional viticulture techniques through elders of the family.
He worked with his father from a young age and by the time he turned 15, he was familiar with all traditional vineyard operations from plantation to pruning and through harvest. He attended a viticulture/oenology boarding school in Provence from 1977 to 1981. He finished his oenology education at the University of Burgundy in Dijon.
In 1983 he moved to the Lavaux region of Switzerland, where he worked for a year on a local estate vineyard. He was then recruited by a local family business that provided vineyards and wineries with their equipment plus pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and herbicides. After four years there, he started to develop health issues caused by the absorption of chemicals through his skin. This chemical exposure left Philippe with no choice but to quit his job. He then joined Camphill Village in Pennsylvania, United States where they offered a three-year biodynamic training class organized by the Biodynamic Association of North America. He graduated from the program and decided to live and work there for another number of years, perfecting his knowledge about biodynamic farming.
In 1999, he returned to France and was hired by the prestigious M. Chapoutier in the Rhône Valley as a vineyard manager and winemaker. Working for M. Chapoutier gave him the opportunity to work on some of the most renowned vineyards in appellations such as: Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas, Saint Joseph, Saint-Péray, Côte-Rôtie, Chateu-neuf du Pape, Banyuls and Collioures.
In 2005 he was recruited by Randall Graham of Bonny Doon winery in Santa Cruz, California to develop a biodynamic viticulture program. While there, he implemented his biodynamic and traditional farming system upon a dozen vineyards all over the state. Since 2012 Philippe has consulted independently, working with several vineyards throughout California (Napa, Sonoma and the central coast). In 2017, he began collaborating with the Chamber of Agriculture in France where he now gives viticulture classes and workshops to local estate viticulturists and wine producers in Northern Rhone and Burgundy. In 2018 he started working as a consultant for several vineyards throughout France located in Burgundy, Provence and Beaujolais.
Natalie’s enthusiasm for viticulture and winemaking began in an inconspicuous way. She landed a gig at a local wine bar while attending the University of Oregon in Eugene. Immediately smitten by the variety of profiles from wines grown all over the globe, the sommelier path seemed the logical trajectory. Her wine mentor at the time, Philip Patti, suggested working a harvest in order to get a real world feel for how wine is made. Facilitating this connection through wine distributors, Natalie accepted a vintage position at Bodega Elias Mora in Toro, Spain. Once she had dirty vineyard boots and purple hands, suddenly her future became very clear.
After her stint in Spain, she moved to Healdsburg, California to pursue a winegrowing career. She’s worked at a variety of wineries in both viticulture and winemaking: Windsor Oaks, Mill Creek Winery, Westwood, and Salvestrin. At small wineries throughout Sonoma County and Napa Valley, Natalie has worked with vineyards in the Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley, and St. Helena.
In 2013 she travelled to Victoria, Australia for harvest at Delatite – a fully biodynamic estate vineyard and winery. Fulfilling a strong desire to work in France, in 2015 Natalie travelled to Bordeaux for vintage at Chateau Fontenil, where Dany and Michel Rolland celebrated their 30th harvest at the winery. Natalie has been privileged to learn from renowned winemakers David Ramey, Aaron Pott and Dany Rolland.
While at Mill Creek and Westwood, Natalie specialized in implementing organic and biodynamic farming practices. She approached Philippe Coderey in June 2012 and asked to apprentice in order to learn more about biodynamics. Given her authentic zeal for the subject, Coderey agreed to the mentorship. At Westwood Winery, together they converted Annadel Gap Vineyard (Sonoma Valley) from conventional to biodynamic in just three seasons. Currently Natalie works as viticulturist and associate winemaker at Salvestrin Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley where they are transitioning the noted Dr. Crane Vineyard to organic and experimenting with biodynamics.
She holds a BA in Spanish and Political Science (University of Oregon) and a Master’s in Viticulture and Enology from the University of Valladolid in Ribera del Duero, Spain.