See under Monasteries.
Many Roman Catholic religious orders owned extensive vineyards. The monastic business was often based on professionally run viticulture. These orders contributed significantly to the development of viticulture in many countries in Europe and also in the New World. Among the best known and most important in terms of viticulture are those of the Benedictines, Carthusians and Cistercians. See also Eucharist, Church and MessweinMass...
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