Unique wine and food experience in Venice lagoon
- Cruise on a "bragozzo", the traditional boat of Venice
- Discover the only wines produced in Venice
- Visit vineyards and wineries in Venice lagoon
- Visit Burano and its coloured houses
10 AM Meet your guide at Riva degli Schiavoni, close to Saint Mark's square, and embark a traditional bragozzo boat to transferto the lagoon islands.
Bragozzo was a type of wooden sailing boat from the Adriatic, very often used for fishing in the Istria and Kvarner gulf. A typical crew was two or three men.
10,50 AM Arrive to Burano and visit of the tiny island. You will be intrigued by the many colours and the coloured houses, by the Oblique Bell Tower, by the tranquility and the calmness with which the elderly ladies embroider original Burano lace by their tombolo (or lace pillow), while they are laughing and chatting in squares among them. It seems to be in paradise. Children who dart freely with their bicycles, balconies with multicolored flowers, fishermen who put up fresh fish from their traditional boats.
Walk to Venissa, where you will arrive at 11,20 AM for an amazing vineyard tour and wine tasting.
Venissa estate is on Mazzorbo island and you will visit a vineyard that has been overcoming the challenge of the high tide giving rise to a wine with characteristics that are unique to this world. One hectare vineyard of Venissa is planted with Dorona grape. Known as the Golden Grape during the age of the Venetian Doges this autochthonous grape variety almost became extinct and after centuries of history only a few plants were left hidden away in vegetable gardens and convents.
Gianluca Bisol, of the famous Prosecco house, discovered a few vines on the island of Sant’Erasmo and used them to establish the Dorona vineyard on nearby Mazzorbo island, producing wine in cooperation with winemaker Roberto Cipresso. You will have a unique chance to taste this rare and precious wine(only 4,000 bottles produced, price of 0,50 cl bottle starting at 120 euros!). The bottles of hand-crafted glass display rich decorations of hand-beaten gold foil (thus honoring two traditional Ven etian crafts). The name Venissa and a number are carefully hand-etched on each bottle.
Lunch will be at Venissa estate as well, at Via della Vigna osteria. Cuisine is inspired by local ingredients, fish from the fishermen of Burano and vegetables sourced from the estate’s vegetable gardens. You will enjoy a 4 courses lunch, paied with 4 wines.
2,30 PM Quick visit to San Francesco del Deserto island, once called Two vineyards island
Transfer to Sant'Erasmo island and 4 PM visit and tasting at Orto wine estate.
In the 16th Century the island was covered in vineyards. Michel Thoulouze and his family decided to relaunch wine production on the island using the traditional methods of the local farmers and the expertise of Lydia and Claude Bourguignon and Alain Graillot whose Crozes Ermitage wines have a worldwide reputation. The resulting wine, ORTO, is an assembly of antique Italian grape varieties with a dominance of the Istrien Malvoisie.
5,30 PM Transfer back to Venice
- Visit to 1 small cellar
- Visit to 2 vineyards
- 2 guided wine tastings
- Bragozzo cruise
- 4-course lunch at Vivada, paired with 4 wines (water and coffe included)
- Private tour guide
- Local Taxes
- Everything not mentioned in the "Included" field
Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice
As this tour involves alcohol consumption, it is not recommended for pregnant women and children.
Animals are not permitted in this tour.
The tour will not take place if it does not reach the minimum number of participants. If this happens you will be offered an alternate date for your booking or a total refund.
This tour is also available as a private, personalized tour with your choice of date and wine cellars. The price may be lower depending on the number of participants. Please contact us for further information about rates and availability.
From May 1st to October 31st 2016 (Bank Holidays excluded)
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