aperitif tasting

From Venice to Mozia: lagoon wines

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Genova, Italy

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June 3rd at 19:00 in your time zone

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This meeting is dedicated to a peculiar habitat: lagoons, another meeting point between land and sea. The most famous lagoon in Italy, and perhaps the world, is that of Venice, but we’ll also explore lagoon from further south, specifically the Mozia lagoon in Sicily.

These evocative sea-lands have as many differences as they do similarities: all of which we’ll explore through a tasting of their wines.


We’ll taste wines from Venissa and Tasca d’Almerita.

  • A vineyard that has prospered for centuries in the face of salt and high waters, giving us a wine with unique characteristics. The island of Mazzorbo is home to the dorona variety, which here finds a magic balance on well-adapted terrain, though face by constant challenges. The Venissa white wine is made after a long maceration, giving it longevity and structure. There’s also a re Venissa, and a Venusa made with merlot and cabernet grapes grown on the island of Santa Cristina – an uncontaminated corner of the lagoon which is only accessible to expert navigators.
  • The wine of Mozia grown by Fondazione Whitaker. This small terrain has long been used to grow grapes, given the agreeable characteristics of the soil and its microclimate: the surrounding lagoon generates a discreet temperature inversion during the warmer months, preserving the aromatic profile of the plants during the day. This is where Sicilian viticulture restarted after the phylloxera crisis in the 1800s, and may also be the site of the first experimental vine representing a hybrid of catarratto and zibibbo, which later came to be known as grillo.

The tasting will also include oils featured in the Slow Food Guida agli extravergini 2023, and bread from the Slow Grains network.

This is event is free and open to all, though registration is required.

Slow Fish 2023 is organized by Slow Food and the Liguria Region, with the support of the City of Genoa. We’re in the Porto Antico of Genoa from June 1-4. Sign up to the Slow Food newsletter for the latest updates. #SlowFish2023

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Event languages: IT, EN

Event location: 
Genova - Porto Antico - Slow Fish Arena, Slow Fish Arena
Piazza delle Feste - Ponte Embriaco - Genova (Italy)
GPS: 44.4089431, 8.9274911

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