In the land of the lagoon, made up of many elements in balance with each other where agriculture, strange to say, has found its key role over the millennia, the unique experience of Venissa, now a winery of international rank, both for the beauty of places and for the style of Venissa Bianco, as well as boasting the historical recovery of the rediscovered Dorona Veneziana grape introduces alongside it an extraordinary Rosso all to be discovered.
The vineyards (60 years old) of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon planted on the remote island of Santa Cristina, part of the oldest nucleus of Roman Venice, surrounded by stone embankments but reachable only when the tide allows, insist on a silty, sandy and clayish soil, with high salinity.
The approximately three hectares of the vineyard, with East-West exposure and only three meters above sea level, have a density that is not high at all (about 1300 vines / hectare) and a production of less than a kilo of grapes per vine.
The premises behind this absolutely unique and obviously limited production are therefore very clear, with limits applied not so much by man but by nature itself, which every day questions the hard work done in the vineyard by varying the composition of the soil and, specifically, its salinity. which can give so much to the vineyards or literally destroy them.
Reaching in its second production after 2011, Venissa Rosso presents itself as ruby red in the glass, with purple traits, opening to the olfactory examination with notes of black fruit, tobacco, licorice and an inevitable salty appeal that contextualizes it to the fullest. On the palate it is soft, warm, salty, very vertical in the first place then opening in width and persistence to a patient taster.
Only 3332 the “half” bottles, typical of Venissa, all embellished with a unique copper leaf for each vintage, carefully affixed by the glass masters of nearby Murano.
The wine soul of Venice resides in Venissa, but it’s not just wine, it’s art.