|Father Paul Mark Schwan, Abbot of the New Clairvaux monastery,
and Aimée Sunseri, fifth generation California winemaker, have
combined their vision and passion for wine and history to create
a unique and memorable wine experience.
In the words of the previous Abbot, Father Thomas X. Davis, "Our order has a strong
agricultural and wine making foundation dating back to the
12th century in Europe. Some of the finest vineyards in the
world, such as Clos de Vougeot in Burgundy, France and Kloster
Eberbach in the Rheingau, Germany have their roots in the Cistercian
order. Our vision here at New Clairvaux is no less dedicated
in creating a winery for the next 800 years."
In the words of Aimée Sunseri, "Vina has attracted many
ambitious and successful people who believed with a passion
that this land could produce extraordinary wine. Our vision
is that together with the Trappist monks of New Clairvaux, using
the historic wine cellars of Leland Stanford, and employing the
knowledge of the past with the most modern techniques of grape
growing and winemaking, we will produce extraordinary handcrafted
wine that reflects the essence of what attracted so many to Vina
in the first place."