Monasteri Suore Cistercensi
Monastero Suore Vitorchiano - 2019 Benedic

2019 Benedic

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Lazio, Italy

Nuns making natty wine. It’s a thing. About an hour north of Rome, the sisters of the Monastero Suore Cisterci craft holy grape water under the guidance of natural vino pioneer Paolo Bea. Obeying the Benedictine principle of 'ora et labora’ (pray and work), the 80 women farm organically 5ha of vineyards, orchards and gardens, and vinify using indigenous yeasts – all without any machinery. This light ruby rouge is a blend of Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo, co-fermented for 15 days in fibreglass and bottled unfined/unfiltered. Silken sloshes of cherry, citrus and mountain herbs fill your mouth with joy, hedged with a refined rusticity. Delicious chilled; or not. This is a gentle, honest red that'll wash away your woes. Only a handful made each year, so say your prayers. AMEN.

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