Painting the Prosecco Road – Another fab painting holiday comes to an end along italy’s Prosecco Road

Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. They might be difficult names to pronounce, but they are places to be remembered.I’ve just returned from another exhilarating seven day painting holiday along Italy’s famous Prosecco Road. My guests are all home safe; and what a brilliant time we had. A week of total immersion into the local culture of this famous DOCG Prosecco region. We enjoyed a perfect mix of watercolour painting, Prosecco tasting, gourmet meals and more Prosecco. Not to mention experiencing an Italian vintage car rally, a Prosecco region cycle race, village festivals and the odd birthday party. Cant wait to do it all again next year.

The hilly vineyards to the north of Treviso between the foothills of the Dolomites and the flat plains of the Veneto is where Prosecco grapes are grown. While Prosecco is produced in both the yellow and green areas of this map only the wine produced in the small dark green area is awarded the highest quality DOCG status (Designation of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed).

The idyllic landscape of this region is dotted with charming villages and adorned by vineyards that gently descend the steep slopes. Thr region has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site It offers artists of all levels of ability some of the best painting scenery in all of Italy.

We visited and painted the charming little village of Rolle pearched high in the Prosecco hills.
My pen and wash sketch of Rolle village.
My improvised and very comfortable outdoor studio at a wonderfully appointed hotel garden overlooking the village of Rolle.
A beautiful warm and balmy summers day for painting outdoors in the pleasant shade of a large lime tree.
A typical daily lunch on location with local produce and Prosecco of course.
We spent another glorious sunny day painting here at this wonderful old water mill about 30 minutes from our hotel in Conegliano.
Painting in a group is always a good way of building confidence when working outdoors on location.
I give regular demonstrations and workshops showing helpful techniques during the painting holiday.
My demonstration painting of Molinetto della croda
We spent a day painting at my friend Alberto's villa high in the Prosecco hills overlooking the village of Santo Stefano.

Alberto owns and runs a small high quality Prosecco vineyard, cantina and guest house “Farmhouse La Rondine” in the hills high above Santo Stefano. We are always welcomed there like family. The wine harvest was just about to begin when we were there and all family members including his mama and papa were on hand to help. Alberto’s vines grow on the steep slopes on the hills around his farm, he had just employed twelve workers for three weeks to help with the picking.

 
The view from Alberto's villa: Farmhouse La Rondine
In a tranquil corner of the vineyard sketching to a chorus of crickets as the bells of Guia village church strike off the hours in the valley below.
Here is a quick pen and wash sketch I did of Bassano town and the bridge over the River Brenta

Ernest Hemingway lived in Bassano during his days as an ambulance driver during WWI. His experience here provided inspiration for his novel “A Farewell to Arms. ” Here is Hemingway’s first paragraph from “A Farewell to Arms”, apparently written from the bridge:
Quote ; In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels. Troops went by the house and down the road and the dust they raised powdered the leaves of the trees. The trunks of the trees were dusty and the leaves fell early that year and we saw the troops marching along the road and the dust rising and leaves, stirred by the breeze, falling and the soldiers marching and afterward the road bare and white except for the leaves.

The fairytale landscape through which we passed each day on our painting trips.
Beverley's Birthday party, best not to say much. But lots of Prosecco

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