Abbazia di Praglia Monastery and Winery Introduction
Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria Assunta of Praglia
“若因地方環境或生活上的需要，弟兄們該親自收割莊稼時，他們不可以懷不滿，靠著雙手的操作而生活時，他們才算是真正的修道人” -聖本篤會規48, 7-8
2005年修道院重新種植了一批葡萄，都是精挑細選具有悠久歷史的傳統品種包括Garganega、Moscato Giallo、Merlot、Raboso and Friularo。雖然人工細心採收限制了產量，卻能確保植物的自然平衡，手摘亦可挑選出品質優良的葡萄。
2018 Sollemnis Colli Euganei Fior d’Arancio DOCG
Bianco Secco – Moscato Fior d Arancio 100%
The Abbey of Praglia lies at the foot of the Euganean Hills, approximately 12 km from Padua. The monastery was founded in the year 1080. The abbey complex today is the result of a great reconstruction carried out between the second half of the fifteenth and the first half of the sixteenth century. Today, only the bell tower remains of the original medieval structure. The basilica church, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary (Santa Maria dell’Assunta), was designed in 1490 by Tullio Lombardo. Construction of the nave was completed in 1548, and of the principal door and the cupola in 1550. The abbey has works by many prominent late-Renaissance painters of Veneto.
After being suppressed twice in the 19th century – first by Napoleon (1810) and then by the House of Savoy (1867) – the life of prayer and work according to the Rule of St. Benedict resumed again at Praglia on April 26, 1904.
Today over 40 monks reside in the abbey, making it one of the largest Benedictine communities in Italy.
“If, however, the needs of the place, or poverty should require that they do the work of gathering the harvest themselves, let them not be downcast, for then are they monks in truth, if they live by the work of their hands.”
(Rule of St Benedict 48, 7–8)
The earliest documentary evidence associating grape growing with the Abbey of Praglia dates back to April 1st, 1130. On that day, Count Maltraverso sold Abbot Ribaldo of Praglia, several properties in Teolo for the sum of 50 Veronese lire. These properties included: a farm and two plots of arable land, one with vines and the other partly uncultivated. Countless testimonies follow, telling us that at the grapes and wines of the Abbey of Praglia have been a means of support and a vocation for nearly a millennium.
In August of 2011, after a brief hiatus of about twenty years, the Abbey of Praglia started making wine again. An ancient cellar, state-of-the art technology and profound respect for the environment are the foundations for judicious winemaking in the twenty first century. The abbey is situated in the Nature Park of the Euganean Hills, an area that is volcanic in origin. Despite the fact that the ancient abbey estate was drastically reduced in size when the religious orders were suppressed twice in the nineteenth century, it still has around forty hectares, with hills and plains, and woods and fields under crop. The vineyards occupy ten hectares, all of which lie inside the ancient walls or next to them
The first vines were replanted in 2005. The area’s traditional historic varieties were selected, including Garganega, Moscato Giallo, Merlot, Raboso and Friularo. Careful manual operations in the vineyard significantly limit production, with the objective of ensuring the plant’s natural balance and obtaining top-quality grapes.
In the heart of the medieval monastery, dating back nearly a thousand years, important restoration work has uncovered the magnificent space of the ancient cistern or “Venetian well”. It is in the silence of this room, with its four pillars set in rock, that the best reds and whites are left to age for the abbey’s reserve wines.
Sollemnis Colli Euganei Fior d’Arancio DOCG
Bianco Secco – Moscato Fior d Arancio 100%
Sollemnis is a wine obtained from Yellow Muscat grapes. It is solemn and round just like the architectonical shapes and rhythms of the monastery. A fresh and savoury white wine with a lively Mediterranean note of citrus fruit.
The scent of orange blossoms gives way to the uncommon freshness of a dry yet zesty and harmonious palate. Excellent as an aperitif or paired with vegetable dishes like raw artichoke salad and asparagus. It is perfect with savoury fish dishes, but it is also a wonderful sipping wine.
food pairings: raw and grilled fish, aperitifs and vegetarian dishes
Recommended serving temperature: 6 to 10 degrees.