Grape: 45% Trebbiano, 35% Malvasia, 20% Verdicchio.
Region: Italy> Lazio.
Sisters of the Cistercian order live and work at Monastero Trappiste 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 the winemaker, they produce two wines as honest and sympathetic and gracious as they are. Ripe, concentrated, tangy, with baked apple notes, 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 Bea.
Food Pairing: White meats or seafood in heavy sauces. Hard cheese.