Monastero Suore Cistercensi 'Coenobium' Vino BiancoTabula Rasa Shop
Well-known and highly regarded Italian winemaker Paulo Bea met the Sisters of the Cistercian order living and working at their monastery in Vitorchiano, ninety minutes or so north of Rome in the Lazio district. Here at this quiet religious outpost eighty women of this religious order work vineyards and orchards and gardens organically. Under the guidance of Bea, they produce two wines as honest and sympathetic and gracious as they are.
The 'Coenobium' is the flagship wine of the Monastery. Its intrigue comes from the volcanic soils that underlay the vineyards and the longer than usual contact that the fermenting juice has with the skins (this being a vinification technique encouraged by Paolo Bea).