During the Middle Ages, Monastic orders such as the Cistercians and Benedictines preserved and innovated the art of winemaking. It is thanks to their research and indefatigable efforts we have such an elaborate winemaking technology today. Dom Pérignon, One of the world’s most famous Champagnes, was named after a monk. Dom Pierre Pérignon (1638-1715), an early advocate of organic wine-making, experimented with new methods, successfully improving the winemaking process. His practices and techniques are still used today.
So we have monks to thank for our wine!