How often can you say you’re drinking wine made by the Sisters of a Cistercian order? If I hazarded a guess, I would say fairly rarely. I certainly don’t, but this wine happens to be made by such an order at their monastery in the village of Vitorchiano, just outside Rome! Under the careful guidance of the legendary winemaker Paolo Bea, the Sisters work their vineyards organically and only produce two different wines annually.
While some orange wines veer towards the esoteric or the funky, this blend of Malvasia, Verdicchio, Trebbiano and Grechetto is both mineral-driven and clean. The perfect entry into the world of wines with skin contact, I might add! Bea’s influence on their winemaking and volcanic soil both help to make this possible. This wine is versatile – whether it’s hard cheeses and a baguette on warm summer night or chicken shawarma and Netflix with my girlfriend, Coenobium seems to always satisfy me.