Inside the walled vineyard of Venissa, just steps away from the Michelin starred Ristorante and the more casual Osteria, among green vines and the waters of the Venetian Lagoon… There is a place with golden grapes and Golden taste. Try to imagine a white wine that tastes like red… Real gold on the bottle….
When what was to become the Serenissima was still taking its first steps, the island chain of Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello was already well known as a flowering urban reality. Today Native Venice is a peaceful archipelago waiting to be discovered. So close to Venice, so completely different environment.
On the island the day goes by slowly. If you are looking for escape from noise city and work – Venissa Wine Resort is perfect.
In the morning you’ll wake up to their special Venissa breakfast and to complete the day, you can enjoy Osteria Contemporanea and Michelin-starred Ristorante, a paradise for food and wine connoisseurs. In the meantime, you will relish the sound of trees, the singing of birds and the beauty of art in the garden.
OPEN MIND FOR ART
Every year Venissa gives young artists a chance to show their art inside the vineyard. On this year, we can see the exhibition of Carole A. Feuerman. Absolutly must to see is ,,Miniature Tree” and the face of Matteo – successor of Venissa. Carole is recognized as a pioneering figure in the world of hyperrealist sculpture. Together with Hanson and De Andrea, Feuerman is one of the three artists that started the Hyperrealism movement in the late seventies by making sculptures portraying their models in a life-like manner. Dubbed ‘the reigning doyenne of super-realism’ by art historian John T. Spike, Feuerman has solidified her place in art history.
A blend of two Venetian traditions linked to gold: Dorona, the golden grape loved by the Doges and almost lost to time, and the sheet of gold leaf still produced by hand by the Berta Battiloro family in Venice. This was the idea of Giovanni Moretti, one of Murano’s great glass working artists who created the Venissa bottle.
The gold leaf is placed on the bottle, fired and blended into the glass on Murano.
Afterwards, the number of each individual bottle,
with respect to the number produced in that year’s vintage,
is inscribed into the glass.
Known as the Golden Grape during the age of the Venetian Doges, this autochthonous grape variety almost became extinct, and after centuries of history only a few plants were left hidden away in vegetable gardens and convents. The meeting between a white wine expert Desiderio Bisol and a red wine expert Roberto Cipresso led to the production of a white wine made according to the rules of the great reds with maceration of the skins to extract aromas and colours.
Located on the island of Mazzorbo in the heart of the Lagoon Park where the soil make’s up only 8% of the surface area. A unique vineyard where the vine has found its magical equilibrium between the fertility of a soil well-suited to grape growing and the continuous threat of salt and water.
REAL ITALIAN EXPERIENCE
The vegetable gardens and orchards are located on the estate property beside the vineyards, and they are tended to by nine pensioners from the neighboring island of Burano who supply the restaurant with seasonal fresh vegetables every day. About Osteria and Venissa’s taste you can read more here >>>
The wine Resort smells of lavender, herbs, flowers and sometimes honey too. This is an extremely soothing and calming experience. You will spend the night in an unusual, cozy attic room, with white walls, white furnitures and textiles. Hotel rooms give an ideal „canvas” for your memory and experience from VENISSA Wine Resort.
If you prefer more water (you are in Italy of course!) Just leave the door on the other side of the building, and then you’ll see natural water canal with boats, fishermans and great sunset.
You know what is my favorite souvenir from this place? Two huge cones, which one I found under my feet while morning walking just near to VENISSA (still smell like Venissa garden – now in my home!) and original bottle – remnants of wine tasting… 🙂
You are charmed by Venissa even before you step through its unassuming doors, greeted by a pink façade, green shutters and white flowers tumbling out of planters outside the upper floor windows. The estate consists of a guesthouse, Michelin-starred restaurant, a more casual Osteria Contemporanea, an immense garden and a unique vineyard. The fine dining restaurant, which has become a sought-after destination for local and international foodies, adheres to the farm-to-table philosophy not in order to follow any international trends, but thanks to the lagoon’s immense bounty. Because here, you will dine on amazing and unique shellfish from the local waters (during a boat excursion you can watch the local fisherman as they pick up crabs, decide in seconds which will molt into soft shells, and quickly throw back the rest); rare algae that is fresh, crispy, and palate-cleansing; and endless fresh vegetables from the garden located directly next to the restaurant. It is not uncommon to see a chef run out of the kitchen and into the garden during dinner service to gather more of a vegetable whose supply is running low.
„The wine offered a heady and evolving nose, vintage 2010 was the more completely wine currently, but one sensed that the 2011 had a greater number of elements that would come into fusion.” Tom Harrow, Financial Times
P.S. After our visiting, we found VENISSA wine in Danieli Bistro (Hotel Danieli) – one of the best restaurants in Venice. This wine is located ONLY in the best places in the world, producing just over 3,000 bottles. But, also you can try to buy for yourself, no matter where in the world you are now. If you’ll have lucky, you can do it here >>>