Painting and Wine-Tasting in South France

From £650 pp

Bordeaux

4 days

Max 6 people

What you'll do

Taste local wines at the source and use the vineyards to inspire your artwork on this 3-night art & wine holiday in France; develop your skills in your chosen media with a fantastic hands-on teacher who knows how to bring out the best in your work while you stay in a lovely French farmhouse!

Created especially for those who have a passion for both art and wine, we are delighted to bring you this 3 night art, painting and wine holiday in France.

Art teacher Jo has combined forces with her neighbours just across the vines in the family run organic vineyards of Chateau La Tour de Chollet to create this fully inclusive holiday. It is a unique opportunity for you to paint the beauty of the vines in this stunning region as you sip a glass of the locally produced wine to really get your creative juices flowing.

You will also get to meet Paul and Kirstie who run Chateau La Tour de Chollet. They will give you an insight into the life of the grape from ‘bud to bottle’, giving your a tour of the vineyards followed by an exclusive wine tasting and the chance to buy organic wines at great prices.

In your free time, relax in the den, curl up with a book and wine, or lounge by the pool. Whatever you do, be sure to make yourself at home, and be prepared to tuck into some delicious home-cooked food.

Your Local Host:

Jo

Jo Surridge is the host and tutor on her wonderful art holidays in South West France. Jo studied Art and Art History at Leicester University before becoming the senior paper conservator for Hampshire County Museums Service for 16 years. She then went onto complete a teaching diploma in Art and Restoration and gained a certificate in Bookbinding .. Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrival

– Arrive at the accommodation and settle into your room and surroundings
– Welcome with refreshments and a tour of Le Peyrail with an introduction to the area and the types of wines produced
– For those arriving in the morning, a buffet lunch is offered with wine and soft drinks followed by studio work in the afternoon
– You are free to choose your medium and will talk about subject matter and cover some basic styles and techniques
– In the evening, apéritifs will be served on the terraces before the evening meal
– After dinner, you are free to spend it as you wish but it is a great opportunity for the group to socialise and get to know each other

Painting with wine

– Start the day with breakfast from 9 to 10am
– There is then a scenic stroll through the vines to Chateau Le Chollet where you will be met by Paul who will give you a tour of his vineyard followed by a wine tasting
– Before lunch, you will select your subject for your art session and Jo will set you up with a sketching stool, table, easel, parasol and of course a glass of Tour de Chollet wine
– Lunch at Le Chollet offers you freshly baked baguettes, locally produced cheeses, pâte and charcuterie accompanied by salads and, naturally, a glass of wine
– From 2-5pm, you can start creating your masterpiece and Jo will be on hand to offer artistic guidance
– At the end of the day, you can choose to return on foot or by car to the accommodation
– At 6:30pm, apéritif will be served on the terrace followed by the evening’s three course meal with wine
– The rest of the evening is free for you to relax

Paitning lessons

– Breakfast is at 9am
– From 10:30-12:30, you will head back to Le Chollet for a second session of al fresco sketching
– Lunch is at 1-2:30 back at the accommodation
– The afternoon can be spent where you please, either on site back at Le Chollet or at the studio where Jo will be based
– At 6:30pm, apéritif will be served on the terrace followed by the evening’s three course meal with wine
– The rest of the evening is free for you to relax

Departure

– Breakfast is at 9am
– From 10:30-12:30, there is a studio session and a chance to put the finishing touches to your masterpiece
– At 12:30, enjoy a farewell barbecue lunch on the lower terrace
– As this is your last day, you can take it easy in the afternoon and use the pool or enjoy the garden and terraces
– If you art is on paper Jo can help you mount and frame it or, if on canvas, seal and varnish it
– Check out is at 4pm but if you wish to stay after 4.pm, an evening meal and an extra nights accommodation can be provided if you wish

Reviews (3)

S Lee

Saturday 26th October, 2019

I had the best time learning new skills in watercolour in a fabulous location along with excellent service and teaching from Jo. I highly recommend this if you enjoy art, peace and quiet surrounded by nature (and animals) and enjoy wine on the side! The perfect combination for a relaxing time away.

H Bowers

Saturday 4th May, 2019

Set in a peaceful and inspiring location in a charming house. Jo and her partner are wonderful, generous hosts welcoming us wholeheartedly into their home. They kindly invited us to join them to meet their friends, giving us a special pan-European, cultural experience. Jo is an encouraging teacher.

L Watts

Saturday 13th April, 2019

The whole experience was wonderful from start to finish and exactly what I needed. Lee at GoLearnTo was very helpful and managed to meet my booking requirements and locate this trip for me at very short notice. My host Jo is a generous, talented and creative lady who has a breathtakingly beautifully home.

Location Info

Just 30 minutes from Bergerac airport, your cosy home away from home was originally owned by vine workers who resided in 3 stone cottages, and has now been beautifully converted into its present form; retaining the intimacy of a cottage whilst bei..

  • 3 nights accommodation in a beautifully restored farmhouse
  • Please note: prices are per person and based on a double room with ensuite or shared bathroom; please check availability
  • There are no single supplements for solo travellers
  • Daily morning and afternoon sketching and painting sessions and tuition
  • A tour of Chateau Le Chollet’s vineyard and wine tasting
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (from lunch on day 1 up to, and including, lunch on day 4)
  • Wine, beer and drinks with lunches and dinners
  • Coffee and tea throughout the day
  • The following art supplies: Watercolour paper, Watercolours (tubes), Acrylics (tubes), A selection of brushes, Use of easels and other studio equipment, A3 acid free mount, A3 Beech frame for your best work to make a great addition to your home
  • Use of the pool from May-September
  • Transfers from the local train station
  • Check in and check out time is flexible; however please note that the course will end around 4pm on day 4

 

Painting and Wine-Tasting in South France

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