A Special Cuvée for a special person: Cuvée Alain by Orto di Venezia is released. A great terroir is better than a great winemaker for a great wine. The premise could only sound like a provocation but it’s a photograph of the thought and philosophy of Michel Thoulouze, founder of “Orto di Venezia”, the only winery in the entire Venice area. The ground on which it stands had been abandoned for almost a hundred years, now for many only a place with a beautiful position but Michel, a successful manager of the ‘80s and ‘90s, has always had great intuition and foresight. Driven also by the discovery of an old eighteenth-century map that defined that land as the “Grape of Noble Man”, he had it carefully analyzed and, contrary to what some of his friends had suggested, he decided to embark on the venture of wanting to redevelop it, to recreate a great terroir for wine. 11 hectares of land that even local farmers described as the best not only in Sant’Erasmo, but in the whole lagoon. Aided by great advisors such as Lydia and Claude Bourguignon (agronomists of “Romanée Conti”), and Alain Graillot (he’s the “father” of the famous “Crozes Hermitage” in Côte du Rhône), he began this process which took 5 years of work, before planting 4.5 hectares of vineyards. It was prepared according to the traditional “hard on hard” method (without ever plowing) by sowing barley, sorghum, oats, radish and Chinese root in succession. Michel can therefore boast of never having used a plow, not even herbicides or chemical fertilizers so as not to compromise the delicate layer rich in precious elements and he has chosen to produce his wine according to “nature and common sense” without relying on an oenologist. The ungrafted vines come to life among clay, limestone and precious dolomite rock and were planted directly in the ground, without grafting the plants on the roots of American grapes. The year 2008 marked the release of the first harvest. A fleeting walk in the lagoon, the rapt gaze from an old crumbling farmhouse on a small island and just over twenty years later, today’s result is a great white wine for aging, recognized internationally. So much so that it crossed the borders of England, Japan, South Korea and France, managed to reach the tables of the Alajmo restaurant and to be the only Italian in Alain Ducasse’s Parisian restaurant at the Hotel Plaza Athénée.
A special Cuvée for a special person: Cuvée Alain by Orto di Venezia is released
The result is a persistent white wine, balanced structure without losing freshness, rich in minerality and iodized hints. The marked acidity allows it to refine in the bottle for years, it’s also very versatile for combinations, especially with typical Venetian dishes and it’s certainly a gastronomic wine.
It’s located in Sant’Erasmo, an islet that still welcomes only 700 inhabitants and has always been the first supplier of vegetables and fruit for Venice, in particular with the “castraure”, the violet artichokes Slowfood Presidium that led it to be nicknamed ” the Garden of Venice “or” the Garden of the Doges “.
The winery has become an essential destination for the visits of many foreign tourists, it can be reached by boat or vaporetto, it has been renovated maintaining its original flavor and charm and enjoys a wonderful light on the Lagoon at sunset.
Organoleptic Characteristics: Straw yellow with greenish reflections Hints of tropical fruit, honey and notes of white flowers Enveloping, fine and good persistence. Pairing: excellent with moeche, fish and vegetables from the Lagoon, very aged cheeses.