About 80 Trappist nuns, in the Monastery of Vitorchiano, in northern Lazio, pray, cultivate the land, produce fruits and vegetables, create jams and…make wine The nuns, who moved to the Lazio monastery in 1958, immediately dedicated themselves to reclaim the land from brambles and igneous rocks, making arable land the majority of the property. The land on which their vineyards grew was generated by volcanic activity of previous eras that made it ideal for producing wines of great depth and minerality. The nuns, however, for years, kept these small masterpieces within the Monastery walls, until the day when they met Giampiero Bea. The influence of Giampiero, president of the association Vini Veri and great traditional-artisan winemaker, and the inspiration of the encyclical of Pope Francis “Laudato Sì” pushed the nuns to “open to the world” and also offer their wine to the most curious consumers.
This Coenobium white wine is a very artisanal one that, as the nuns explain, “does not contain additions of foreign substances to the fruit of origin and the terroir that generated it”. The wine, a blend of various white berried grapes (Trebbiano, Malvasia, Verdicchio and Grechetto), despite the very affordable price, is a high level result mix of tradition, manual work and pure free nature expression. Cellar practices are few and simple: spontaneous fermentation, with indigenous yeasts without temperature control, and short stop on fine lees, without resorting to stabilization before bottling.
This straw yellow slightly opaque 2019 vintage smells of ripe pear and fresh cut grass, helichrysum and hay, bread crust and humus with light mineral and iodine touches. The mouthfeel, very fresh, has an acidity that electrifies the taste buds making the eyes shine while return, with precision, echoes of yeast and flowers accompanied by a good final flavor.
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