In a few hours, on a typically September morning, the golden clusters produced by the four thousand plants of this native grape variety of the lagoon were collected. A variety that disappeared after the tragic Acqua Alta in 1966 and rediscovered thanks to an autonomous agricultural recovery project of the Bisol family, who reintroduced it to its native terroir by giving it a new home in Venissa.
"It was an excellent year", comments Stefano Zaninotti, agronomist. "The summer was very hot and dry, especially in August. This increased the stress levels of the plants due to the combination of high temperatures and high concentrations of sodium in the soil, but Dorona, who is used to these extreme situations. , has managed to complete the maturation in an excellent way, concentrating the flavors in the fruit. Sodium, we have seen, reduces the natural luxuriance of this variety, leading to a natural limited production where the aromas are enhanced. We harvested a grape perfectly healthy, also thanks to the fact that we have not had any rain in the last few days, the decisive ones. We believe that 2021 has the potential to become a memorable year. "
Matteo Bisol, general manager of Venissa and now in the wine management of the estate, underlines the fundamental role of the symbiosis that this native vine has been able to find within such a particular terroir, with brackish soils that in some points of the vineyard see plants like the glasswort. "The interesting thing is that sodium has an effect on the vigor of the plant - it influences its physiology - but it does not pass into the fruit and into the wine. We find instead characteristics of great elegance and balance, concentration and complexity. They are long-lived wines, especially the Venissa Bianco , which we produce starting from a special selection that we make directly in the vineyard. For me, the most important thing is to accompany this wine and help it to express itself at its best, in a sincere way. The 2021 vintage will see the light in five years, and not we look forward to meeting you. "
The very small production varies from year to year but is around 3500 bottles of Venissa Bianco (0.5L) and 1500 bottles of Venusa Bianco (0.75L), a wine that wants to be a different expression of Dorona, younger and more drinkable.
THE NUMBERS OF THE MAZZORBO VINEYARD
0.8 hectares of vineyards
4000 plants of the Dorona variety of Venice
45 quintals harvested in 2021, for an average of 1.1 kg of grapes per plant
Venissa Bianco - the wine-symbol of the estate - arises from the symbiotic relationship between Dorona and the lagoon terroir of the island of Mazzorbo, where the roots of the vineyards capture the quintessence of this extraordinary ecosystem and its complex balance. A wine of character and elegance, the result of a long maceration that recalls the lagoon winemaking tradition. A wine that wants to be the perfect expression of Native Venice and its natural and cultural heritage, also through the bottle in which it is contained, summed up by the best Venetian craftsmen - Berta Battiloro and the engravers Albertini and Spezzamonte.
Venusa Bianco represents a new interpretation of Dorona, born from a different selection of grapes produced in the Mazzorbo vineyard. It stands out for its verticality, pleasant drinking and flavor, without compromising on character and rarity.
Venissa is an agricultural recovery and sustainable hospitality project on the island of Mazzorbo, in the most pristine part of the Venice lagoon. Inside, a Dorona vineyard gives life to a unique wine - a symbol of heroic viticulture and the subtle balance that exists between man and nature in these lands of water. The walled vineyard is the backdrop to the restaurant, where the ingredients of the Native Venice become paths of environmental cuisine, between haute cuisine and protection of the natural heritage. The Osteria Contemporanea, also within the estate, offers a reinterpretation of local cuisine. Finally, the rooms of Venissa and Casa Burano - the widespread hospitality project on the homonymous island - offer the opportunity to live an authentic experience of direct and personal contact with local atmospheres and traditions.