“But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? … To nap in a garden, in a patch of sunlight, in the middle of the day, right next to your favorite fountain? And then to do it again the next day?” — Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

the stunning Villa at Montecchia

the stunning Villa at Montecchia

In early spring this year, my family and I drove from Prague over the Alps into the Northeastern part of Italy, into the unique region called the Veneto. The dazzling gem of the region is Venice, but for wine enthusiasts and those who enjoy the leisure of the Italian countryside, the area surrounding Venice, the Veneto, cannot be missed.

Morning Mists in Venetian Wine Country

Morning Mists in Venetian Wine Country

We stayed at near Trento at a working vineyard with world-renowned wines called Montecchia. Not only did the early morning mists dance over the endless rows of grapevines, but the castle and villa were breathtaking at every hour of the day. And the surrounding countryside simply multiplied the experience, with its unique and lovely mounding hills rising up from the flatlands. It was unforgettable …

Veneto, Italy

Veneto, Italy

Whether in the neighboring county in your neck-of-the-woods United States in Napa Valley or upstate New York or abroad, have you visited a working vineyard? Where is your favorite?

Starting next week, for the months of June, July, and August, I’ll be posting once a week to enjoy the SUMMER with my boys! Happy Summer, everyone!

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