Magical Mazzorbo Isola where you will find…

Story & photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet- All rights reserved

The resourceful Travelling Gourmet goes to an island near Venice to discover…

MARVELLOUS Venissa. This amazing agriturismo with just six rooms and suites is where I am living “la dolce vita” in the style of the Venetians centuries ago. My suite is super comfy and decorated in the colourful avant garde style of  the spoof spy movie “Austin Powers International Man of Mystery“. This low profile but very exclusive agriturismo blends in well with the other historic buildings on Mazzorbo island, and its name plate is so small and inconspicuous, it can be easily overlooked.

With Technical Director Desiderio Bisol and Dorona wine of ancient Venezia!

Here, I was privileged to taste the very 1st vintage of the amazing wine relished by the Doge and his nobles centuries ago, with affable & knowledgeable Desiderio Bisol, the Technical Director of Bisol wines which have been around since 1542. This is the only place in the world where you will find the ancient Dorona grape which is now used by Bisol to make an outstanding white wine. The lowlying vineyard framed by the ancient Campanile (clock tower) is 1m to -0.1m high with chalky and clay soil. The production is only 1.10kg of grapes per vine! During its production there is maceration of 30 days with manual punching down. Venissa 2010 made with the grape called Dorona or the golden grape after it almost became extinct, has the bouquet of dried flowers, hazelnuts and camomilla (chamomile) and mineral flavours with a sapido (savoury) finish. I adore the nuances of wild honey. The young vines are 5 years old & the few remaining vines were actually recovered from Torcello Island nearby. This rich golden coloured wine is like no other white wine you have ever tasted. Just close your eyes when you taste it and you could almost imagine…that it is a red wine. The medium persistence is very satisfying. It has 13% alcohol bv & extract of 28g/l in a 50cl bottle. I predict that the quality and elegance will only improve as the years go by! The label is made of pure 24 karat Gold leaf! Crafted by the modern day descendants of the ancient Berta Battiloro famiglia, the gold leaf is applied by hand and then fired in the Murano island glassworks of Carlo Moretti!

Examining Dorona Grapes…

Perfect with Chef Paola Budel’s cuisine of local specialities and ingredients including sea snails and mussels from the Lagoon as well as herbs like thyme and rosemary from her own herb garden. Here in this wonderful sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Venice, you enjoy life like the ancient Venetian nobles used to in days of yore. Many food lovers travel all the way here to done in Paola’s Ristorante, also called Venissa, simply because they want to taste and enjoy true-blue Venetian specialitata…marinated Tuna in Balsamico, Scampi, Scallops, Anchovy, Mussels with Pomodoro (tomato) & Sueda (sea herb), Gamberetti with sweet red onions…mmm Recently, Venissa Ristorante has been awarded its 1st Michelin Stelle (Star)! Complimenti Chef Paola!

Preciosa Wine of the Venetian Nobility!

Every morning, I woke up refreshed and really looked forward to ambling down to the alfresco terrace for something nice to eat with lots of piping hot Cappuccino! It was hot and sunny in August with beautiful baby blue skies. Time for la colazione or breakfast…

La Colazione with a view…

Breakfast here with a view of the 1 hectare vinyard of well groomed Dorona grapes and sitting next to fragrant lavanda (lavender) is a heavenly experience.

Il Turista Buongustaio & Chef Paola and her Pastry Chef/Baker

Hard working Chef Paola with her infectious smile, makes the most healthy yet delicious breakfast that leaves your palate very happy. Raynaud Limoges porcelain-ware and Sambonet cutlery, home made Peach Jam, luscious and sexy claret red Ciliegiole (cherry) Jam (my favourite), a cocktail of Apple, Grapefruit, Pear & Orange Juices, Yoghurt sprinkled with Orange Zest, piping hot home-baked daily Croissants, Toast, Walnut Rye bread, Peach Torta (cake), Kiwi, Melone (Honeydew) and Watermelon medley…Not ot mention freshly plucked Dorona grapes! O Madonna! Super YUMMY!

Seeing is believing…YUMMY!

From here I also took time to visit Ernest Hemingway’s favourite hideaway when he came to Venice to hunt wild ducks in the Lagoon. It is the famous and secluded Locanda Cipriani…but that is another story.

Tenuta Venissa

Fondamante Santa Caterina, 3

30170 Isola di Mazzorbo-Burano

Tel: +39 041 52 72 281

Ristorante Venissa has 1 Michelin Star

Venissa to the Danieli

From Venissa, I took a speedy water taxi to that magical hotel feartured in the hit movie, “The Tourist”. And now I am in delightful Hotel Danieli which is so incredibly luxurious, especially my Greta Garbo suite, the very last word in opulence! Please see my feature “Delightful, Delicious Danieli!” {:-)

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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