WSET LEVEL 1 : 24th April - 29th April

WSET LEVEL 2 : 29th June - 7th July

WSET LEVEL 1 : 2nd October - 7th October

WSET LEVEL 2 : 12th October - 20th October



 Learn the essentials about wine (with a special focus on the wines of Italy), following the globally recognized WSET approach during a four or eight night stay at the beautiful medieval Tuscan castle, Castello di Potentino.

The Level 1 WSET course teaches the student the fundamentals so they leave the castle clear about what wines they like and how to verbalise that other essentials such as - How wine is made, What are the "Noble" grape varieties, How to select a wine off a wine list, How to corectly serve and store wine and How to spot a faulty wine.

To take the WSET Level 2 course, Level 1 is not obligatory. A willingness to know more about wine and taste a LOT of it is all that is required. At Level 2 'Place' takes precedence, the student will look at where the Noble Grapes grow best (in Champagne, Barolo, Rioja and many more) and what factors contribute to making these grapes grow so beautifully...and why those wines might have a higher price tag.
Plus eat fabulous food and participate in morning food and wine pairing workshops and afternoon Masterclasses on cheesemaking, olive oil tasting or Tuscan pork butchery.
Enjoy optional yoga classes and morning hikes amongst ancient olive groves looking over Monte Amiata – Tuscany’s Mount Olympus…and return home with a wine qualification.

  • The course will be led by Decanter Italian wine writer and VIA Italian Wine Ambassador, Emily O’Hare - previously Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer at The River Café.

Day 1 - SAMPLE Itinerary for the WSET LEVEL 1 Wine Sense Retreat
Transfer from Pisa Airport to Potentino
Welcome aperitivo and Wine Tasting with Charlotte Horton, Castello di Potentino’s owner and winemaker who will guide you through the castle’s award winning wines. Four course evening meal in the castle dining room.

Day 2
Yoga class, breakfast and the course begins, “Introduction to wine, Types and Styles and the Principal Grape Varieties” 
Lunch followed by a trip to the town of Montalcino. Free time for shopping, gelato, a glass of Brunello!
Brunello Tasting at a famous estate in Montalcino followed by a 4 course meal with wines:
Day 3
Yoga Class and the course continues with a food and wine workshop: “The principles of food and wine matching and the characteristics of the Noble Grape varieties.”
Time to relax before a late afternoon trip to the thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni, an ancient village in the Val d’Orcia natural park well known for its hot springs
Tuscan pork butchery demonstration. Learn about the essential cuts in Tuscan cooking.
BBQ on braziers in the courtyard, tasting and drinking! of wines from Chianti Classico and Montepulciano.
Day 4
Daily yoga and/or a morning hike through the vineyards to the Etruscan winemaking stones (Both optional), Brunch. Wine session “Common wine faults, service and storage”
Freetime to relax by the pool, in the castle libraries, or take a walk into nearby village of Seggiano.
Pasta and Risotto Masterclass with the top Vernaccia from Tuscany’s most famous white wine producing region - San Gimignano, followed by dinner in the castle dining room.
Day 5
Morning yoga and breakfast
Transfer to Pisa Airport

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