Abbazia di Novacella
Abbazia di Novacella is one of the oldest wineries in the world. This is evidenced in 1177. Letter from Pope Alexander III confirming the ownership of the vineyards of the Augustine brothers in the Alto Adige region of northern Italy and the wine produced. The winery still belongs to the monastery, and Celestino Lucin, a professional winemaker responsible for wine production, was named the best Italian winemaker by Gambero Rosso (an influential Italian wine magazine) a few years ago. “I have no special prescription,” says C. Lucin. Here we are just following the rules of oenology. ” He smiles warmly and adds “and of course we trust God”
Abbazia Santa Anastasia
XII a. the Benedictine monks founded the Abbazia Santa Anastasia monastery in a remote area of Sicily, almost half a kilometer above sea level, and began pressing wine for their own use. In the long run, the excellent wine of the monks was loved by the picky rulers and nobles of the island. Even today, Giacomo Tachis and Riccardo Cotarella, who run the winery, grow both local and international vines and produce exceptional quality, naturalistic and biodynamic wines with extremely high scores.
Abbaye du Barroux – Via Caritatis
In 1309 Pope Clement V settled in southern France and chose the Benedictine monastery of Notre-Dame du Groseau at the foot of Mount Ventoux for his summer residence. There he founded vineyard, from which wines adorned the tables of present and future popes for many years. The vines were named Via Caritatis in response to the Pope’s main mission – to be guided by mercy – præesse caritati. Today, Via Caritatis – the zealous Benedictine Abbaye du Barroux convent brothers and small local winemakers – is a wine of high quality and highly valued by wine professionals.
“By pressing wine, we seek to share the riches of the generous land and the spirituality of the brothers. We hope that in the glass of wine you will feel not only the rhythm of natural nature, the diligence of sincere hands, but also the pure innocence of the souls of the brothers. We want our wine to encourage us to seek, to travel, to feel, to discover what is invisible – the beauty of God. ”
(Dom Gerard, founder of the Abbaye du Barroux convent)
From 1086 the small farm known as La Mausolea, near Soci, with its lands, vineyards and a farmhouse,
became the property of Camaldoli and it was known as one of the most important farms in Tuscany. In the
XVI century, the wine of these vineyards was so famous that it kept the attention of Lorenzo de’ Medici. Even at present the wine of the Monks of Camaldoli are made with the grapes from the vineyards of the Farm la Mausolea itself, and are aged in the near cellar of the ancient Villa. In the cellar we can find two types of wine, the red and white Borbotto and dessert wine – Borbotto passito, produced by the Land and Forest Trust “La Mausolea”, biological certified company.