The Venissa Experience: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine

  • Port

    Venice, Italy

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4 Hours

  • Meals Included


A visit to the idyllic Venissa wine resort on the island of Mazzorbo is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Venice.

Your day of serenity and appreciation for the bounty of nature around Venice begins when you cruise by motor launch across the lagoon. Watch for the islands of Torcello and Burano among this archipelago filled with color, art and local flavor.

Spend a half day the peaceful island of Mazzorbo, which is linked by a short wooden bridge to Burano. First populated in AD 640, Mazzorbo was a vacation spot for Venetian nobility, known far and wide for the beautiful Santa Caterina Monastery (1283). This picturesque dot of land in the lagoon was also a favorite of Winston Churchill -- an amateur painter who would set up his easel and paint the island’s abundant artichoke fields, fruit trees and vineyards.

Your own visit today is designed to showcase the island as a gourmet wine resort, where a totally unique vineyard cultivates its grapes by planting them in the waters of the Adriatic Sea. The Venissa resort is a gourmet paradise that boasts a pretty vineyard, botanic gardens and an ancient bell tower enclosed by medieval walls. It feels entirely like stepping into another era. The estate, opened in 2010 after an extensive restoration project, includes a Michelin-starred restaurant and a less formal restaurant called Osteria Contemporanea. There is also a five-room boutique hotel here.

View the vines and enjoy an aperitif as you take in the natural beauty of the estate; then, for lunch, taste the creative dishes at the Osteria Contemporanea. The fantastic cuisine is inspired by local ingredients, such as fresh fish from Burano and vegetables sourced from the estate’s vegetable gardens, and is paired with wines from the Veneto region. Don’t miss the chance to try the estate’s famous golden Dorona wine, enjoyed by the Venetian Doges centuries ago and by you today.

Afterwards, return by motor launch to the pier in Venice.