In this period of the year wine is the protagonist in Tuscany. It’s harvesting time for the wine lovers!
The cellars all over the region are bustling to produce the famous “vino novello”, the new wine. People from all over the world come to Italy to taste it, to see the fascinating process of wine making by taking part to the numerous wine tasting days or wine and food tours through Tuscany.
Not only wine festivals and tastings
We have already mentioned the numerous wine festivals through the region, first of all the Open Cellar Festival, where you can move around the many cellars of the Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and be delighted by tastings and wine presentations.
When wine meets art: painting with wine
This time we want to tell you a different story.
Wine can be more than a delicious drink. We know that Tuscan people are proud and completely in love with their local and typical products, but what we didn’t know is that they are very creative too, when it comes to wine and to go over the top with it!
The painter Elisabetta Rogai has chosen her regional pearl, red wine, as her innovative painting technique.
Here “wine – made” painting are already worldwide famous for being made using the red wine instead of color. Her interesting project involves portraits and pictures fully realized with wine.
They are really expressive and for their intimate connection with human feelings and emotions, they have many times been related, by many art critics and by the author herself, to the Gestalt psychology.
Today Elisabetta Rogai is in fact an highly rated artist that exhibits worldwide, often representing Italy. One of her first achievements was in 2007, when she was chosen as the Italian artist for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the twinning between Florence and Kyoto, Japan. But her most loved success was when her painting “Astrid” was chosen to carry the label of Chianti Classico, wanted as official wine of the Italian Presidency of the European Union in 2006.
A fine technique
After years of study Elisabetta discovered the secret to make wine a permanent color on the canvas.
Her unique technique gives the painting a life itself: on the canvas the colors of the subjects changes with time, just as wine. They pass from the typical tones of young wine, like purple and dark violet, to the shades that characterize aged wines, like amber, red and orange.
What makes these works of art really special is the fact that after a first hatching of the draft drawing made with charcoal, the artist uses exclusively red wine and white wine, without adding any other components. A natural, and secret fixing, finally prevents the wine to grow beyond a certain limit, so that the colors remains always relatively bright without fading too much.
The unique experience
Wouldn’t you like to spend some time with this unique wine artist and meet her at her studio? We can take you there to experience the unique feeling of meet an artist in his working place.
Be part of the creative process of Elisabetta Rogai’s wine painting and spend some time at her atelier. You will discover all the secrets of this interesting new painting technique, see how many different shades can come from a glass of red wine and…smell the perfume of an in progress work of eno-art.
You will have the opportunity to speak with her, to ask her how she’d come to this original idea.
She will tell you about the process by which she chooses different wines to obtain different shades of color, and, the most fascinating part of her work: how a canvas and his subjects are going to grow with wine. With time passing by her subjects change, just as wine taste from novellos to aged ones.
Eno-art: when and when?
The guided tours to Elisabetta’s Rogai atelier take part from Monday to Saturday, from 11.00am to 3.00pm. The tours last one hour and the spoken languages are: Italian, English and Spanish.
For more info: Enoarte al Vinitaly 2013: ecco-come-andata (article in Italian).