My Latest in Wine, Food and Travel Magazine:
Exploring The Seas, The Hills and the Mountains of Northern Italy
by L.M. Archer
L.M. Archer explores the food and wine regions of northern Italy in the Winter 2020 Issue of Food, Wine and Travel Magazine.
Looking for world-class wines, top-tier agritourism, and stunning scenery? Northern Italy delivers all three – as well as exceptional value – all within driving distance of Venice.
The Sea: Venissa
Skip the bustle of Venice for Venissa, a luxury resort located on the tranquil island of Mazzorbo. This Venetian gem in the northern lagoon features boutique lodging, a Michelin-star restaurant, contemporary osteria, and walled vineyard, all a short ferry ride away from Piazza San Marco.
Lovingly restored by the prominent Bisol family of Prosecco fame, Venissa’s enclosed vineyard grows the Dorona di Venezia variety, a rare white grape once favored by Venetian nobility. Coveted by collectors, Venissa Dorona wine honor Venice’s three artisanal traditions: wine, gold, and glass. Venice’s last remaining gold hammerers, the Berta Battiloro (meaning ‘gold hammerer’ in Italian) family, hand-hammers the gold leaf used to label this small production wine; glassmakers on the island of Murano then bake the gold labels onto each bottle.
Ristorante Venissa proffers Venissa and Venissa Rosso in various vintages and formats, in addition to over 200 international and local, small-lot selections. Savor avant-garde Venetian cuisine lovingly prepared by chefs Francesco Brutto and Chiara Pavan, such as fish from the lagoon, vegetables from the estate, and wild herbs from the vineyard.
Where to Eat: Formal dining: Venissa Restaurant
Casual dining: Osteria Contemporanea.
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