Wine lovers of all lands listen up! A couple of years ago, the Wine Consortium of Venice started a new project involving 3 universities (Berlin, Padua and Milan), 70 D.N.A. analysis and the Conegliano Cra-Vit Corporation.
Now, researches and evaluations have come to an end and the Wine Consortium of Venice is ready to present its brand-new project aimed at the revival of the Serenissima grapevines inside the Carmelitani Scalzi cloister and the preservation of the Venetian biodiversity.
The Carmelitani Scalzi cloister was built in the V century next to Santa Maria di Nazareth Church, one of the brightest examples of the Venetian baroque architecture. Now, during Expo (May- October 2015), the cloister reopens its gates to those worldwide tourists willing to experience wine tradition.
Road to success: how they managed to create the Venetian wine tour
Guided by architect Giorgio Forti, the entire territory of Venice has been mapped and studied in order to point out the vineyards present in 11 cities. Researchers have found 68 specimens, selected according to the presence of precise information about their derivations and main characteristics.
You might imagine a group of man, waving their lenses and wearing pith helmets, wandering around vineyards and tripping from time to time. But no, the truth is that the investigation took such a long time because it followed a strict procedure: contemporary DNA analysis techniques allowed the recognition of the plants genetic fingerprints that, together with an accurate literature review and the Conegliano Research Center data, were able to identify all the plants found.
I know it is a lot to process and that the language is pretty technical. So, to put it in other words, let’s just say that those wandering men with hats and lenses have passed a long time researching plants DNA profiles. Now, probably, the image in your mind comes together with the CSI theme song.
I think that you can cope with it if you take in mind that, from May 20, you can visit the Venetian cloister and have a walk in the vineyards while listening to the guides pointing out the different varieties of wines and plants. Don’t think about the cloister merely as a huge vineyard: it includes much more.
The garden, in fact, is thematically divided into seven flowerbeds: the meadow, seen as an aggregation place, the medical plants, where the stage is held by the lemon balm, the Hortus Olearium, the food garden, the vineyard, with all the aforementioned plants, the fruit garden and the olive grove.
Have a walk into this green paradise and prepare your goblets!