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Gustosa Custoza - The wine combined with the sea and the lake

16.11.2009 - 12.12.2009

A combination and comparison between lagoon and lake cooking from November 18th to December 11th in Venice, dedicated to Custoza DOC wine.

Gustosa Custoza

Wine becomes the link between two different types of cooking: that of the sea, from Venice lagoon, which is acclaimed worldwide, and fresh-water cookery of Garda lake, just as renowned as the former.

The occasion for this original combination is Gustosa-Custoza, the food-and-wine event that involves Venetian chefs from November 18th to December 11th in the preparation of some atypical menus. Nevertheless, the protagonists of this festival are the traditional products of the territory, first of all the quality white wine coming from the nearby town of Custoza.

This journey between the lake and the lagoon is a historical heritage: in 1439, a Venetian fleet was taken from the lagoon to Garda lake by land to defend the besieged town of Brescia. One hundred and thirty kilometers as the crow flies were a risky venture in those days. From that moment to 1797, Custoza was the territory of La Serenissima (the most serene Republic of Venice); such historical link is highlighted by the vine-dressers of the Garda lake as they take their products to one of the most prestigious international exhibitions.