New Clairvaux Vineyard Wins Best in State Award | Corning Observer

The new Clairvaux vineyard, located in the small town of Vina, has just received an incredible double gold, a score of 99 points and the best in California for all Viognier wines during this year’s California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. .

There were nearly 2,000 wines from more than 440 wineries entered into this year’s competition.

New Clairvaux Vineyard, part of New Clairvaux Abbey, 26240 Seventh St., was among 18 Best of California awards given and one of fewer than 100 Double Golds given.

The vineyard’s 2021 Viognier St. James Block is launched at this year’s New Clairvaux Grape Blessing Ceremony on Saturday, July 23.

“Brother Luis, Vineyard Manager at St. James Block, grows some of the finest fruit I have had the honor of working with,” said Aimée Sunseri, fifth-generation California winemaker and New Clairvaux winemaker for 19 years. . “When you’re in an unknown region and for viticulture that means you’re an outsider, you have to work a lot more. I cannot thank our team of lay workers and Abbey Brothers for all their hard work in bringing us so close to perfection.

The New Clairvaux Vineyard has been growing grapes since the year 2000 when the Abbaye de Nouveau Clairvaux and Phil Sunseri joined forces to create the New Clairvaux Vineyard and revitalize viticulture and winemaking in Vina.

The first grapes planted in this region date back more than 175 years, before California was even part of the United States. Nearly 4,000 acres of wine grapes were grubbed up just before federal prohibition began in 1919. The 1970s saw a sprinkling of wine grapes planted in the area, but never a Vina fruit-focused winery. .

The annual New Clairvaux Grape Blessing Ceremony dates back to a 1,400-year-old tradition of blessing vineyards before harvest begins. This will be the wineries’ 16th annual event and for the first time in two years due to the pandemic, they are once again inviting the public to enjoy the celebration. There will be a monks market featuring products made by monks as well as local agricultural vendors which will open at 9:00 a.m. and the blessing will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wine tastings, tours and food from local mobile caterers will be available after the ceremony concludes. . There is no entrance fee to participate in the celebration.

The 99 point Viognier will be available for tasting and purchase.

Founded in 1955, the New Vineyard of Clairvaux is the first Trappist-Cistercian Monastery in the Americas to cultivate, produce and bottle its own wine. In 2000, the Monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux decided to embark on a partnership with the Sunseri wine family. He produced the first wines from the New Clairvaux vineyard in 2003 and the Aimée wines from the Sunseri vineyard in Napa in 2008. Since then, the estate’s production and acreage have quadrupled.

In addition to growing in quantity, the winery continues to win top prizes in several major national and international wine competitions. They are the pioneers of viticulture, being the first to cultivate two Greek grape varieties, Assyrtiko and Moschofilero, in the United States.

To learn more about their history and their wine, visit their website

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