Birra Nursia

In order to support the re-establishment of monastic life in
the birthplace of Saint Benedict, the monks of Norcia turned
to the ancient monastic practice of brewing beer.

They brew three types: a Blonde or Bionda, comparable with the great Belgian Trappist Blondes with whom they share a common heritage; a newly brewed Tripel which brings notes of orange and fruit liqueur; and finally an Extra which brings caramels and layered complexity. Each beer is designed to complement the meats and cheeses of the Umbrian diet.

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Via Caritatis

Overseen by the award-winning oenologist Philippe Cambie,
Via Caritatis upholds the historical excellence associated
with the best wines of Provence. Bringing together the
wisdom of a life in tune with nature, an unsurpassed monastic
winegrowing heritage, and the oldest French papal vineyard,
Via Caritatis wines showcase exceptional quality across each
of its offerings.

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Benedictine monks of the Archabbey of Pannonhalma have been engaged in the viticulture of the region, introduced by the Romans, since their foundation in the year 996 A.D. For centuries they have applied the highest standards of winegrowing and vinification to their work. A world heritage site since 1996, the monks have been working to restore the damage to the historic viticulture which the region underwent during the Communist period and today their wines are once again being recognised for their extraordinary excellence showcasing the best of old and new-world techniques.

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The original Trappist beer, today Chimay is world renowned for its high quality and diverse selection of brews. Utilising the pure waters of their own spring and hundreds of years of monastic brewing experience, the Trappist monks of Chimay continue to showcase how beer crafting can be turned into a high art without sacrificing their spiritual vocation.

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Tynt Meadow

The Trappist monks of Mount St Bernard brought England’s first official Trappist beer to the market in 2018. Since then its reputation has gone from strength to strength and the monks struggle to keep up with demand. The beer brings an English twist to the familiar Continental Trappist profile making it stand out from an increasingly competitive scene.

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The top fermented and bottle conditioned ales produced by the Trappist monks of Rochefort Abbey are among the most highly regarded by beer connoisseurs. With around 500 years of experience and their own calcium rich springwater the monks have honed the brewing of Rochefort beers to bring out not only the best flavours but also serious nutritional benefits of good quality beer.

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La Trappe

Trappist monks of Koningshoeven have been honing their brewing skills in silence since 1884. With a reputation for excellence, La Trappe showcases the very best of Dutch ale. The proceeds of their hard work are channelled towards charitable work, and among all the Trappist Abbeys, Koningshoeven is forefront in incorporating environmental care into its brewing practices.

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A reference point - even against the excellence of Trappist beers - in the exclusive world of premium ale. Lauded by enthusiasts worldwide, Orval brews only a single label - distinctive for it’s complex fruity flavour and bitter taste. First introduced in 1931, to this day this outstanding ale owes much of its brilliance to the supreme quality of the water, hops and yeast used. Aged bottles of this beer are among the most highly sought-after and expensive beers in the world.

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Trailblazers in the development of the Belgian style of beer as it is recognised today, Westmalle are credited with being the first Brewery to produce the strong pale ale variety ‘Tripel’. The Trappist monks of this historic monastery have ensured through the excellence of their work that the Westmalle label is recognised worldwide as a solid example of historical Trappist beer.

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Although sharing a common dedication to a life of hard work,
prayer, and study, each monastery brings with it a unique heritage.
These monastic houses have often left a treasure of cultural
influence in the regions they are set, forming landscapes with their
viticulture, providing centuries of education and employment for
their local communities, and shaping an architectural legacy that
towers above European cities to this very day, in the form of great
churches, cathedrals, and universities.

Find out more about the monasteries