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This is a fascinating wine made by Cistertian nuns in the Lazio hills, 30 miles north of Rome. More orange then gold, due to an extended 15 days of skin content. It boasts aromas reminiscent of a beautiful orchard on a warm fall day with a robust and almost musky palate.
Autonomous, self-contained communities of Cistercians have a long history of producing wine, beer, and other spirits.
Which is why a small group of nuns in Italy have an organic vineyard that they carefully tend by hand, planted with Trebbiano, Verdicchio, Malvasia and Grechetto. These sisters managed to enlist the help of Giampiero Bea, the son of famous Italian winemaker Paolo Bea, to make their wine starting in 2005.
Bea and his father, Paolo, are well known proponents of the Italian school of non-interventionalist winemaking. That means that their wines are made without any commercial yeasts or additives of any kind, sees no fining or filtration before bottling, and only the smallest amount of sulfur added prior to bottling.