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Episode Info: Sacred Stones The Centuries Old Story of the Sacred Stones  What was once a beautiful 12th Century monastery in Spain, ended up in a pile of rubble in California. In the latest episode of Go the Travel Podcast, we explore the mystery of the Sacred Stones. A photo posted by Go The Travel Podcast (@gothetravelpodcast) on Jan 7, 2017 at 12:23pm PST The image above depicts the Clos de Vougeot vineyard in France. The building in the background was once a Cistercian Monastery that housed monks for hundreds of years. This particular site is one of the earliest known places where monks began wine making. Today, Cistercian Trappist Monks still make wine, and they even practice the discipline of Silence, meaning they only speak when necessary. They eat meals in silence, work in silence, and forbid what they call, ‘idle talk,’ except during special occasions. Hospitality, Manual Labor, Prayer, Simplicity, and Solitude are the five pillars of Monastic Life. Cistercian Trappist Monks applied these principles to wine making in France, hundreds of years ago. Being disciplined record keepers, they began noting a strange occurrence in their wines. Different soils and hillsides that grew the same type of grapes, were producing very different wines. What they discovered was the importance of soil composition and vine placement in wine making, which gave birth to the strict guidelines of wine production we’re familiar with today. The current state of Santa María de Óvila (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia user Sevegi, CC License) In the late 12th Century, a few hundred miles north-east of Madrid, Spain, Cistercian Monks constructed the first building of the Monastery of Santa Maria de Óvila. Soon after, like other monasteries at the time, they began producing wine. But before we move on,Read more »

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