Via Caritatis – Chardonnay – Rhône Blanc
The wine story
Via Caritatis is a selection of the best wines made by the monks and nuns of two local abbeys, also by some small vignerons, on the steep slopes of Mont Ventoux, in the Rhône Valley.
Most of the vineyards are terraced and all the work must be done by hand: ploughing, pruning, tying, budding and finally picking…. The terraces also have to be maintained, sometimes rebuilt. The monks and nuns take care of preserving the variety and beauty of the rural landscape and also grow fruit and olive trees.
For this wine, the grapes are picked at dawn, sorted, slightly pressed, with a cold and slow fermentation and ageing 6 months on a thin layer of lees.
Fresh flowery wine thar will pair well with all sorts of salads and veggies, seafood, fried chicken and cheese.
This southern part of Rhône was first planted in vines in 1309 when, to escape the turmoils in Rome, Pope Clément V came to reside in a local abbey while his Palace in Avignon was being built. The Pope and his cardinals and priests needed wine for Mass, and also for their pleasure…
The cooler climate and strong wind called Mistral keep the vines naturally healthy.
Flowery and fruity aroma of peach and pear
Strong fruity start becoming pleasantly acidic and well rounded.