Venissa, on the occasion of World Biodiversity Day, announces the launch of the new vintage of its symbol-wine, Venissa Bianco 2016, to underline the importance of the lagoon biodiversity theme within the agricultural recovery and hospitality project sustainable that carries on on the island of Mazzorbo.
Native variety of the lagoon, which disappeared after the high water in 1966 and later rediscovered and reintroduced in these "water lands" at the behest of Gianluca Bisol, since 2007 the Dorona has been grown within the walls of the Venissa estate. now led by his son Matteo. A vine, Dorona, which in recent years has shown not only great resilience, but also perfect adaptability, being perfectly at ease in an environment where the salinity of the soil, humidity and hot summers have highlighted its level. of symbiosis with its terroir of origin, producing effects such as a greater concentration of grapes, an intrinsic resistance to botrytis, and an ability to maintain excellent acidity even at high temperatures. "Dorona is a special plant for the islands of Native Venice which, with the exception of Burano - an island of fishermen - have always had a strong agricultural tradition," comments Matteo Bisol, director of the project. "We in Venissa wanted to recover this tradition starting from viticulture, widely practiced in the lagoon, and in particular from Dorona. A native and semi-disappeared vine that over the centuries has learned to adapt and live in this environment, developing unique characteristics that made it possible to survive in very particular conditions. Now that we have reintroduced it to its native terroir , we are its custodians within this walled vineyard. We can only follow it and observe it along its path, protecting its cultural and environmental value. " 2016, the seventh vintage of Venissa Bianco, highlights this perfect symbiosis in a paritcular way and promises to be the best of the decade. For this reason, on the occasion of its launch, we wanted to reflect in a particular way on the very topical theme of lagoon biodiversity, of which Dorona is an example. "2016 is the year in which the Venissa vineyard reached its full maturity, thus being able to begin to express its maximum potential" says Stefano Zaninotti, an agronomist from Venissa, whose holistic approach, with a keen eye for the protection of native flora and fauna, is perfectly in line with the values of Venissa. "It was a year in which the weather helped us a lot, very balanced between rain and sun, not too hot, so the vine was able to work from bud break to ripening in the best conditions", he adds. "In wine this translates into great freshness and pleasantness both in aromas and in flavor, which you will now find in the glass." "Surely 2016 was a perfect vintage, certainly the vintage of the decade" reflects Matteo Bisol. "A year of great balance and great finesse, testifying to the symbiosis that Dorona has been able to find in this territory. A finesse that one would not expect from lagoon wines but that thanks to this balance allows us to reach these levels of excellence. " The challenge, for Venissa, remains to produce a wine that is not only the most faithful expression of Dorona and its symbiosis with the lagoon terroir , but to make this wine a perfect representation of Native Venice in its entirety. And, with 2016, the impression is that we have come very close. THE WINE Golden in color, the nose exhibits aromas of yellow fruit, chamomile and hints of dried citrus peel. The palate is well structured, full and fresh with a velvety texture. Notes of honey, walnut and licorice appear in the dry, savory and persistent finish. Venissa is a great collectible white with excellent longevity. Fermentation in steel is followed by 48 months of aging in inert concrete containers. The numbers: 3880 bottles of 0.5l, 80 magnum (1.5l), 40 jeroboam (3l) and 20 imperiale (6l). A production that remains extremely limited and underlines its rarity. THE BOTTLE In the conception of Giovanni Moretti, the label gives way to a precious gold leaf made by the current descendant of the ancient Berta family, the last remaining goldbeats in Venice. The application was done by hand by master engravers from Murano (each vintage has a different and identifying motif). The bottle is then annealed in the furnaces of the Murano glass factories, becoming itself a symbol of the artisan excellence of Venice. 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.