Hugo and Bernard were related, and both from wealthy
families: The former was born in Champagne and the latter in Burgundy, and like
all youths they were full of energy and drive. In those years of the first
century after the year 1000 currents of mysticism, spirituality and daring
eddied among the more generous souls, while there was a revival of trade and
travel, and communications improved.
In 1115 Bernard, a young Benedictine monk, founded a
community at Clairvaux, which in a few short years attracted enthusiastic
followers from throughout Europe, and soon dotted the Continent with its
In 1118 Hugo, a Count of Champagne, and nine friends of his
formed a Christian militia in Palestine and gave the Patriarch of Jerusalem his
vow to renounce the world and protect the pilgrims who traveled unarmed to the
Holy Land. They lived in a wing of King Baldovino's Palace, which was built on
the ruins of Solomon's Temple, and were therefore known as the Knights
In 1128 Bernardo and Ugo met at the Council of Troyes, where
the Order of the Knights Templars gained official recognition. Their swords
were voted to the service of the Cross, to protect the pilgrimage routes from
the incursions of the Saracens. In remembrance of their brother monks their
cloaks were white, while they adopted a red cross to indicate their willingness
to shed their blood. The Rule of the Order was dictated by Bernardo, who based
it on that of the Cistercians: it included vows of chastity, poverty and
obedience to His Holiness, the Pope. Thanks to gifts and inheritances the
Order's wealth increased rapidly, and they used it to help the needy.
For two hundred years the Knights Templars spread throughout
Europe and the Mediterranean, guarding the roads that led towards Rome and the
San Gimignano was a way station in the Middle Ages and
guards many traces of these Knights who combined prayer and the martial arts.
They were expected to attend Mass every day, and certainly took communion with
the wines of the Pliocene soils that form Montenidoli.
If the wine they took at Mass and enjoyed at their tables
was white, it couldn't but come from the grapes that have been present in this
region since time immemorial, and which were, then as now, vinified and aged in
wood: We want to introduce this ancient wine to the Third Millennium.
RULE DICTATED BY SAN BERNARDO
PROPTER NECESSITATEM AD FRIGUS DEPELLENDUM
According to necessity, to defeat the cold.
The Rule Saint Bernard of Clairvaux gave his monks and the
Order of the Knights Templars directed that they "drink wine according to
necessity to defeat the cold." Each had the right to determine how much wine to
drink each day to counter cold: coldness of body, coldness of heart, coldness
Food-Wine Pairings: Salmon, eel, stoccafisso,
baccalà, tuna, sweet-and-sour dishes, and fried foods.