Project Description


The Arsenal of the Republic of Venice has long evoked superlatives since the era of Dante.

Two elements that played a peculiar and dominant role in the workings of the Venetian Arsenal were wine and the Caneva.

Second, only to timber for the ships, wine purchases represented two to five times what was spent on either pitch, crude iron, canvas or hemp for rope.  A product that had no apparent connection with constructing ships, except to keep shipbuilders from going thirsty.  Yet, this is just what the otherwise notoriously frugal Venetian government regularly did, as it spent upwards of 2% of its annual budget to ensure that the states largest workforce always had plenty to drink.

The wine was procured by professional contractors from all corners of the Mediterranean, especially from the Puglie and as far as Zante and Rhodes.

Once the contractor had cleared his consignment through customs and paid the necessary duties, he ferried his wine over to the shipyard’s special wine cellar or Caneva.  Here, it was poured off into whichever of the sixty or so, 2,000-litre storage casks (Botti) happened to be available.   It was the Canever’s (Cellar Master’s) duty to quench the worker’s thirst throughout the day.

Caneva is our tribute to the one and only cellar in the heart of the greatest merchant city in the world: The Republic of Venice.

Full-bodied with a velvety texture and aromatic
notes of berries, violets and cherries.
This Chianti D.O.C.G. is dry, warm and savoury
on the palate, with a long finish.
Classic partner to Italian icons such as pizza and pasta with tomato sauce.

Region: Tuscany
On the nose spicy hints of vanilla, secondary fruity notes
of cherry, overtones of coconut with a whisper of liquorice.
The wine is dry on the palate, warm and refreshingly
acidic, with mature tannins.
Serve with red meat dishes, such as T-bone steak seasoned with herbs.

Region: Sicily
Glossy ruby red in colour with garnet-brick red hues.
A full-bodied red wine, with flavours of blackberries.
The perfect partner to rich roasted meats, hard cheese,
cured sausages, tuna and salmon dishes.

Region: Tuscany
An intense aroma reminiscent of red fruits such as the
Marasca cherry and red currant, with subtle notes of vanilla.
The flavour although soft, is supported by tannins which
lend it a subtle elegance.
Pair with hard sheep's milk type cheeses, lamb or game.

Region: Puglia
Luscious and full of dark fruits like plums,
baked blackberries and fresh figs.
An easy drinking, medium-bodied wine that is soft on the palate.
A versatile wine that pairs well with soups, meats and pasta dishes.

Region: Puglia
This Prosecco has a lighter, frothy perlage.
Exhibiting notes of green apple, tropical fruits,
hazelnut and vanilla. The finish is fresh and smooth.
An ideal match with cured meats and fruit driven-appetisers
like prosciutto-wrapped melon.

Region: Veneto