Wine Sense Wine WSET Level 1 Course With Emily O'Hare

This is a four-day (five night) residential course held in a beautifully restored medieval Tuscan castle at Castello di Potentino.

Learn the essentials about wine with a special focus on the wines of Italy, following the globally recognised WSET approach. Eat simple meals in the dining room of the castle prepared using locally sourced ingredients and vegetables from Potentino's vegetable garden- celebrate the end of the course with a meal at Il Silene, cooked by Michelin-starred local chef Roberto Rossi.

Participate in morning food and wine pairing workshops.

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

Fees Include:

• Full board including all wines and lodging at the castle for four nights

• All wine sessions and food workshops, visits and tastings outside of the castle.

• WSET Level 1 course material. Tastings include over 20 wines from around the world including Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy, with the added emphasis on the wines of Italy.

• Tasting at a famous Brunello estate, and an afternoon visit to nearby town, Montalcino.

• Pasta and Risotto Masterclass with Il Silene’s Roberto Rossi


This is a sample Itinerary  – activities may change according to seasonal opportunities (grape picking and foot pressing in September!)

Wednesday – Day 1

18:00  Welcome aperitivo, Wine tasting with Charlotte Horton, Castello di Potentino’s winemaker and co-owner followed by four course meal in the castle’s dining room.

Thursday – Day 2


Course begins “Introduction to Wine, Types and Styles and the Principal Grape Varieties”

Lunch at Potentino

Free time to explore the area and enjoy the swimming pool.

Dinner in the Potentino courtyard.

Friday – Day 3


The course continues with a food and wine workshop: “The Principles of Food and Wine Matching and the Characteristics of the Noble Grape Varieties.”

Lunch at Potentino followed by a trip to the town of Montalcino: Free time for shopping, gelato and/or a glass of Brunello- and then to do an in depth tasting at a top Brunello wine estate.

Returning to Potentino for a simple dinner made using the vegetables from the Potentino vegetable garden.

Saturday – Day 4


Wine Session “Common Wine Faults, Service and Storage”.

Free time in the afternoon to relax in the castle libraries, by the pool, or take a walk into nearby village of Seggiano.

Evening Pasta and Risotto Masterclass with Il Silene’s Roberto Rossi and Tuscany’s top Vernaccia from Tuscany’s most famous white wine producing region, San Gimignano. 

Sunday – Day 5


Depart after breakfast

Prices (per Person)

Ensuite (Single Occupancy) €1,700

Double Room with private external bathroom (Single Occupancy) €1,600

Ensuite (Based on two people sharing) €1,500

Double Room with private external bathroom (Based on two people sharing) €1,400

Twin Room with private external bathroom (Based on two people sharing) €1,400

Triple Ensuite (Based on three people sharing) €1,400

Booking and Payment

To Book please email or book via our website 25% Payment is due on booking with the rest due 14 days before the course. Payment can either be made via bank transfer or via credit card.


If you have any questions before you book, do not hesitate to email us or telephone us on +390564950643.

Event Details

Starts on:22nd May 2019
Ends on:26th May 2019


Double Ensuite
Single Occupancy
€ 1,700
Standard Double
Single Occupancy
€ 1,600
Double Ensuite
Based on two sharing
€ 1,500
Standard Double
Based on two sharing
€ 1,400
Standard Twin
Based on two sharing
€ 1,400
Triple Ensuite
Based on three sharing
€ 1,400