One of the many records of the Serenissima Republic was to transform wine into a luxury item by marketing it first throughout the Mediterranean basin and then in Romania, across the Black Sea, but also in Southampton in the North Sea, along the routes called Mude . The most spectacular muda was undoubtedly that of Flanders: towards the end of May, four or five of the most solid galleys built at the Arsenale, set sail for a journey of at least a year to England and Flanders.
In Venice these specialties were served daily in the various taverns distributed along the streets of the city. Among the most loved and appreciated drinks by the Venetians we find Malvasìe - that is, those sweet and fortified wines produced along the various possessions of the Serenissima in the eastern Mediterranean Sea - which were accompanied very well with typical sweets such as donuts, bussolai, pignoccate, marzipan and biscuits than ever they were missing at the end of meals.
From the name of the famous wine - which was originally defined with the term Monemvasìa, for its origin from Monembasìa, a fortress city located in the Peloponnese still existing today - the malvasìe were born - also called weather vane - or the shops dedicated to the sale of this fine wine specialty.
Among the various Malvasias, the Remèdio workshop near the church of Santa Maria Formosa, is remembered for a curious legend originating from the similarity of the name of the owner Remèdio and the word rimèdio (which, moreover, in its most ancient form was just remèdio). Thanks to the similarity of the two terms, it was thought that the malvasia sold in that tavern possessed specific therapeutic qualities, such as to cure even incurable vermin.
Hints on this can also be found in a passage from the Codici Gradenigo - preserved in the Correr Museum - to which an ancient tradition of the Venetian patricians is linked to presenting the young offspring to the Doge upon reaching the right age to gain possession of their civil rights and politicians. At the end of the ceremony, somewhat solemn, it was customary to stop in the Malvasìa del Remèdio to savor the wine of the same name with the tasty buzzoladi, or the famous Venetian biscuits, with the belief that this stop would bring great luck to the young aristocrat both for future weddings than for a career.