The Sisters of the Cistercian order live and work at their monastery in 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 Giampiero Bea (of Umbria's Paolo Bea), they produce two wines as honest, sympathetic and gracious as they are. The vineyards are planted to a series of four essentially local white grape varieties: Malvasia, Verdicchio, Grechetto and Trebbiano.
The Coenobium is the basic wine of the Monastery with an approximate annual production of 12000 bottles, about 80% of which is shipped through to the US market.