Venissa

Venissa

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Like many special stories, that of Venissa is the product of chance and a little passion. In 2002, Gianluca Bisol noticed an old vine in a private garden on the island of Torcello and, intrigued, convinced the owners to send him some grapes once they had ripened. Some time later boxes of beautiful fruit, with thick skin and of a bright gold colour, were delivered to him. They would turn out to be Dorona, the native white grape variety of Venice, which has adapted to high waters and to the very special microclimate of the lagoon and which had practically disappeared during the flood of 1966.
Not satisfied with this random and incredible discovery, Bisol decided to search – with the help of agronomists and connoisseurs of the lagoon – for other specimens of Dorona and managed to identify 88 of them, scattered throughout the gardens and vineyards of Venice. He used some of the grapes to experiment with micro-vinification, and began to cultivate the idea of replanting this unique grape variety.
Thus, the project of bringing viticulture back to the lagoon began to take shape, reactivating knowledge and practices that have their roots in the millennial history of Venice and that were still widespread across many islands – especially in Native Venice (Torcello, Burano, Mazzorbo) – in the mid-1960s.
A few years later he found the perfect place to bring this dream to life: the Scarpa Volo estate, an ancient walled vineyard and cellar that had been in use until the flood of 1966. Here the Bisol family planted 4000 Dorona plants (on an area covering less than one hectare) for the micro-production of a white wine that was distinctly of the lagoon. To do this, winemakers Roberto Cipresso and Desiderio Bisol looked to the past – reviving the long maceration on the skins that is typical of traditional winemaking methods – and gave life to a long-lasting white with unique minerality and flavour and the body and structure of a red.
The first vintage of the Bianco Venissa is dated 2010. Since then, about 3000 numbered bottles have been produced every year, and they are a passionate tribute to three local traditions: wine, glass and gold leaf. Following its third harvest it was already rated as the best white of 2016, according to the international ranking drawn up annually by Vinepair.
Venissa embraces a philosophy of natural viticulture, to favour biodiversity and a spontaneously balanced ecosystem, with as little human intervention as possible. The Mazzorbo vineyard is almost completely submerged every two or three years by high water: a risk to the entire project that gives these grapes particular character.

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  • 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.

    AVAILABILITY: In stock

  • The history of Venice in one sip.

    Well,yes, Venissa is a unique wine in every regard, primarily because it tells the story of Venetian wine, dating back to over 2500 years ago (there was even a vineyard in Piazza San Marco!), and of its native grape variety, the Dorona – which owes its name to the golden colour of its wine and has for centuries been the pride of the local aristocracy.

    The fruit of a traditional production method, which involves long maceration on the grapes, Venissa is a white with the body and structure of a red that is ready to evolve over a long period of time.

    A few years after the first vintage (2010) was produced and sold, this wine already enjoyed international fame thanks to its organoleptic uniqueness: the Dorona, which over the centuries has adapted to the salinity of the lagoon, and the high sodium content in the land on the island of Mazzorbo, gives Venissa surprising minerality.

    The iodine notes already appear in the nose, accompanied by hints of yellow-fleshed fruit that are then confirmed in the mouth, in a sensory, visual and gustatory-olfactory mix that is extremely coherent and engaging. Through the touch, the flavour then comes into perfect balance with its softness and minerality, which results in a warm, enveloping sip which, supported by the tannic texture, is accompanied by citrus and almond notes with great persistence.

    The label is also unique: a gold leaf whose shape changes according to the vintage and which is handmade by members of the last family to carry on an artisan tradition, imprinted with their own name, ‘Battiloro’!

    80 magnum have been made for the vintage 2016.

    AVAILABILITY: In stock

  • The history of Venice in one sip.

    Well,yes, Venissa is a unique wine in every regard, primarily because it tells the story of Venetian wine, dating back to over 2500 years ago (there was even a vineyard in Piazza San Marco!), and of its native grape variety, the Dorona – which owes its name to the golden colour of its wine and has for centuries been the pride of the local aristocracy.

    The fruit of a traditional production method, which involves long maceration on the grapes, Venissa is a white with the body and structure of a red that is ready to evolve over a long period of time.

    A few years after the first vintage (2010) was produced and sold, this wine already enjoyed international fame thanks to its organoleptic uniqueness: the Dorona, which over the centuries has adapted to the salinity of the lagoon, and the high sodium content in the land on the island of Mazzorbo, gives Venissa surprising minerality.

    The iodine notes already appear in the nose, accompanied by hints of yellow-fleshed fruit that are then confirmed in the mouth, in a sensory, visual and gustatory-olfactory mix that is extremely coherent and engaging. Through the touch, the flavour then comes into perfect balance with its softness and minerality, which results in a warm, enveloping sip which, supported by the tannic texture, is accompanied by citrus and almond notes with great persistence.

    The label is also unique: a gold leaf whose shape changes according to the vintage and which is handmade by members of the last family to carry on an artisan tradition, imprinted with their own name, ‘Battiloro’!

    In 2016 only 3880 bottles were produced in the standard format of 500 cl.

    AVAILABILITY: In stock

  • The history of Venice in one sip.

    Well,yes, Venissa is a unique wine in every regard, primarily because it tells the story of Venetian wine, dating back to over 2500 years ago (there was even a vineyard in Piazza San Marco!), and of its native grape variety, the Dorona – which owes its name to the golden colour of its wine and has for centuries been the pride of the local aristocracy.

    The fruit of a traditional production method, which involves long maceration on the grapes, Venissa is a white with the body and structure of a red that is ready to evolve over a long period of time.

    A few years after the first vintage (2010) was produced and sold, this wine already enjoyed international fame thanks to its organoleptic uniqueness: the Dorona, which over the centuries has adapted to the salinity of the lagoon, and the high sodium content in the land on the island of Mazzorbo, gives Venissa surprising minerality.

    In this Venissa 2015, which is the result of an exceptional vintage, the iodine notes already appear in the nose, accompanied by hints of yellow-fleshed fruit that are then confirmed in the mouth, in a sensory, visual and gustatory-olfactory mix that is extremely coherent and engaging. Through the touch, the flavour then comes into perfect balance with its softness and minerality, which results in a warm, enveloping sip which, supported by the tannic texture, is accompanied by citrus and almond notes with great persistence.

    The label is also unique: a gold leaf whose shape changes according to the vintage and which is handmade by members of the last family to carry on an artisan tradition, imprinted with their own name, ‘Battiloro’!

    In 2015 only 5580 bottles were produced in the standard format of 500 cl… and 80 magnum only!

    AVAILABILITY: In stock

  • The history of Venice in one sip.

    Well,yes, Venissa is a unique wine in every regard, primarily because it tells the story of Venetian wine, dating back to over 2500 years ago (there was even a vineyard in Piazza San Marco!), and of its native grape variety, the Dorona – which owes its name to the golden colour of its wine and has for centuries been the pride of the local aristocracy.

    The fruit of a traditional production method, which involves long maceration on the grapes, Venissa is a white with the body and structure of a red that is ready to evolve over a long period of time.

    A few years after the first vintage (2010) was produced and sold, this wine already enjoyed international fame thanks to its organoleptic uniqueness: the Dorona, which over the centuries has adapted to the salinity of the lagoon, and the high sodium content in the land on the island of Mazzorbo, gives Venissa surprising minerality.

    In this Venissa 2015, which is the result of an exceptional vintage, the iodine notes already appear in the nose, accompanied by hints of yellow-fleshed fruit that are then confirmed in the mouth, in a sensory, visual and gustatory-olfactory mix that is extremely coherent and engaging. Through the touch, the flavour then comes into perfect balance with its softness and minerality, which results in a warm, enveloping sip which, supported by the tannic texture, is accompanied by citrus and almond notes with great persistence.

    The label is also unique: a gold leaf whose shape changes according to the vintage and which is handmade by members of the last family to carry on an artisan tradition, imprinted with their own name, ‘Battiloro’!

    In 2015 only 5580 bottles were produced in the standard format of 500 cl. Only 80 magnum bottles were produced.

    AVAILABILITY: In stock

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