Founded by Saint Bernard in the 12th century, the Citeaux Abbey has been making Morillon Noir wine for the past 9 centuries. It has been estimated that during Saint Bernard’s lifetime some 600,000 liters of wine were shipped all over France in wooden caskets.
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Le Barroux Abbey, Vaucluse
Founded in 1978 by Dom Gérard Calvet this Benedectine Abbey still makes wine according to local tradition thanks to collaboration with local winemakers.
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Valmagne Abbey, Hérault
Founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1138 and later turned into a Cistercian monastery this monastery has been home to wine making since the 12th century. During the French revolution when churches were either sold or destroyed, this complex was sold to a local landowners that turned the main church area into a wine cellar. Today, the abbey is no longer active but it’s considered a historical Catholic monument.
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Abbaye Des Lerins, Côte d'Azur
Monks at the Cistercian Abbey of the Iles De Lerins, located on an island off the French Riviera, have been making wine and spirits since at least 1859.