Latrun Trappist Monastery, Israel
Latrun Trappist Monastery, Israel

I was commissioned by KNA Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur, the largest Catholic news agency in Europe to photograph a story about the Latrun Monastery Winery. In 1890 a group of monks arrived in Israel from France, founded the Trappist monastery in Latrun and started producing wine as a source of income. The monastery has around 100 acres of vineyards with over 20 vine varieties. The winery itself is a maze of chambers, halls, cloisters and tunnels that are closed to the public. The Trappists are Cistercian monks, belonging to the great monastic family of St. Benedict, the monks keep a vow of silence, except for those who sell wine and olive oil to visitors. See more photos online

Photo Editors: Marialuisa Plassmann, Julia Steinbrecht

Photo Caption: A general view of the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Sign
Latrun Monastery Sign

A sign points in the direction of the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Zdenek Moravitz (a former trappist monk) harvests grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Zdenek Moravitz (a former trappist monk) harvests grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Zdenek Moravitz (a former trappist monk) harvests grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018. In 1890 a group of monks arrived in Israel from France, founded the Trappist monastery in Latrun and started producing wine as a source of income. The monastery has around 100 acres of vineyards with over 20 vine varieties. The winery itself is a maze of chambers, halls, cloisters and tunnels that are closed to the public. The Trappists are Cistercian monks, belonging to the great monastic family of St. Benedict, the monks keep a vow of silence, except for those who sell wine and olive oil to visitors.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

A bucket full of freshly harvested grapes, at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Zdenek Moravitz (a former trappist monk) carries a bucket of freshly harvested grapes, at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Father René Hascoet, head of Latrun Monastery, harvests grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Father René Hascoet, head of Latrun Monastery, harvests grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Father René Hascoet, head of Latrun Monastery, walks with buckets full of freshly harvested grapes, at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Regis Anouil, and his daughters harvest grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Father Jean Claude Maingot harvests grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Father Christian Marie pours buckets of freshly harvested grapes into the mash wagon, at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Underground Tunnels
Latrun Monastery Winery | Underground Tunnels

Adam Kassis, head winemaker of the Latrun Monastery Winery, walks through an underground tunnel connecting the winery to the church of the monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Head Winemaker
Latrun Monastery Winery | Head Winemaker

Adam Kassis, head winemaker of Latrun Monastery Winery, tastes a sample of white wine from a stainless steel fermentation tank at the winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Fermentation Tanks
Latrun Monastery Winery | Fermentation Tanks

Regis Anouil, a trainee of Latrun Monastery Winery, is seen walking between stainless steel fermentation tanks at the winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Oak Barrels
Latrun Monastery Winery | Oak Barrels

Oak barrels are seen in an underground chamber at the Latrun Monastery Winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Underground Tunnels
Latrun Monastery Winery | Underground Tunnels

A view of an underground tunnel connecting the Latrun Monastery Winery to the church of the monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Trappist Monastery | Father René Hascoet
Latrun Trappist Monastery | Father René Hascoet

Father René Hascoet, head of Latrun Monastery, poses for a portrait at the monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Trappist Monastery | Prayer Service
Latrun Trappist Monastery | Prayer Service

Father René Hascoet (L), head of Latrun Monastery, leads fellow monks during a prayer service at the monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Trappist Monastery | Prayer Service
Latrun Trappist Monastery | Prayer Service

Father René Hascoet (front L), head of Latrun Monastery, leads fellow monks during a prayer service at the monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Trappist Monastery | Prayer Service
Latrun Trappist Monastery | Prayer Service

A nun prays during a prayer service at the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop
Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop

Wine bottles, elixir bottles, jam and other products are seen on display at the wine shop of the Latrun Monastery Winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop
Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop

Wine bottles are seen on display at the wine shop of the Latrun Monastery Winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop
Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop

Wine bottles are seen on display at the wine shop of the Latrun Monastery Winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop
Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop

Wine bottles are seen on display at the wine shop of the Latrun Monastery Winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop
Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop

A woman touches a wine bottle on display at the wine shop of the Latrun Monastery Winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Trappist Monastery | Church Building
Latrun Trappist Monastery | Church Building

A general view of the church at the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Trappist Monastery, Israel
Latrun Monastery Sign
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest
Latrun Monastery Winery | Underground Tunnels
Latrun Monastery Winery | Head Winemaker
Latrun Monastery Winery | Fermentation Tanks
Latrun Monastery Winery | Oak Barrels
Latrun Monastery Winery | Underground Tunnels
Latrun Trappist Monastery | Father René Hascoet
Latrun Trappist Monastery | Prayer Service
Latrun Trappist Monastery | Prayer Service
Latrun Trappist Monastery | Prayer Service
Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop
Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop
Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop
Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop
Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop
Latrun Trappist Monastery | Church Building
Latrun Trappist Monastery, Israel

I was commissioned by KNA Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur, the largest Catholic news agency in Europe to photograph a story about the Latrun Monastery Winery. In 1890 a group of monks arrived in Israel from France, founded the Trappist monastery in Latrun and started producing wine as a source of income. The monastery has around 100 acres of vineyards with over 20 vine varieties. The winery itself is a maze of chambers, halls, cloisters and tunnels that are closed to the public. The Trappists are Cistercian monks, belonging to the great monastic family of St. Benedict, the monks keep a vow of silence, except for those who sell wine and olive oil to visitors. See more photos online

Photo Editors: Marialuisa Plassmann, Julia Steinbrecht

Photo Caption: A general view of the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Sign

A sign points in the direction of the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Zdenek Moravitz (a former trappist monk) harvests grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Zdenek Moravitz (a former trappist monk) harvests grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Zdenek Moravitz (a former trappist monk) harvests grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018. In 1890 a group of monks arrived in Israel from France, founded the Trappist monastery in Latrun and started producing wine as a source of income. The monastery has around 100 acres of vineyards with over 20 vine varieties. The winery itself is a maze of chambers, halls, cloisters and tunnels that are closed to the public. The Trappists are Cistercian monks, belonging to the great monastic family of St. Benedict, the monks keep a vow of silence, except for those who sell wine and olive oil to visitors.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

A bucket full of freshly harvested grapes, at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Zdenek Moravitz (a former trappist monk) carries a bucket of freshly harvested grapes, at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Father René Hascoet, head of Latrun Monastery, harvests grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Father René Hascoet, head of Latrun Monastery, harvests grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Father René Hascoet, head of Latrun Monastery, walks with buckets full of freshly harvested grapes, at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Regis Anouil, and his daughters harvest grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Father Jean Claude Maingot harvests grapes at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Grape Harvest

Father Christian Marie pours buckets of freshly harvested grapes into the mash wagon, at a vineyard near the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Underground Tunnels

Adam Kassis, head winemaker of the Latrun Monastery Winery, walks through an underground tunnel connecting the winery to the church of the monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Head Winemaker

Adam Kassis, head winemaker of Latrun Monastery Winery, tastes a sample of white wine from a stainless steel fermentation tank at the winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Fermentation Tanks

Regis Anouil, a trainee of Latrun Monastery Winery, is seen walking between stainless steel fermentation tanks at the winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Oak Barrels

Oak barrels are seen in an underground chamber at the Latrun Monastery Winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Underground Tunnels

A view of an underground tunnel connecting the Latrun Monastery Winery to the church of the monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Trappist Monastery | Father René Hascoet

Father René Hascoet, head of Latrun Monastery, poses for a portrait at the monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Trappist Monastery | Prayer Service

Father René Hascoet (L), head of Latrun Monastery, leads fellow monks during a prayer service at the monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Trappist Monastery | Prayer Service

Father René Hascoet (front L), head of Latrun Monastery, leads fellow monks during a prayer service at the monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Trappist Monastery | Prayer Service

A nun prays during a prayer service at the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop

Wine bottles, elixir bottles, jam and other products are seen on display at the wine shop of the Latrun Monastery Winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop

Wine bottles are seen on display at the wine shop of the Latrun Monastery Winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop

Wine bottles are seen on display at the wine shop of the Latrun Monastery Winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop

Wine bottles are seen on display at the wine shop of the Latrun Monastery Winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Monastery Winery | Wine Shop

A woman touches a wine bottle on display at the wine shop of the Latrun Monastery Winery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 11, 2018.

Latrun Trappist Monastery | Church Building

A general view of the church at the Latrun Monastery, west of Jerusalem, Israel, on August 16, 2018.

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