Wine Sense Wine WSET Level 2 Course With Emily O'Hare

This is a seven-day (eight-night) residential course held in a beautiful medieval Tuscan castle at Castello di Potentino during which you will study and take the WSET level 2 examination while enjoying all of what Tuscany has to offer. The course follows on from WSET level 1 (which is not essential).

Enjoy yoga classes by the pool amongst ancient olive groves looking over Monte Amiata – Tuscany’s Mount Olympus…and return home with a wine qualification – WSET Level 2.

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 The River Café.

At level 1 it was all about the grape, now at level 2 place takes precedence. We look at where the principal grapes and other important varieties grow best in the world and what factors contribute to making those grapes grow so beautifully... and why those wines might have a higher price-tag. Wine labels will never be a problem again!

We also take an in-depth look at the methods used to make sparkling, sweet and fortified wines, and spirits.

Level 1 is not obligatory - a willingness to know more about wine (and to taste a lot of it) is all that is required of the level 2 student. Each class is very interactive-we taste at least 10 wines per day-the practical element is crucial. We will try Chablis, Chateauneuf du Pape, Barolo, Rioja and many more to understand what makes these wines great and whether they are to our personal liking-so that you will finish the course confident about what wines you like and why that is so. It will be quite a week!

We will also explore the local region- tasting olive oil, cheese, and visiting some of the most beautiful Tuscan hilltop towns in the process as well as exploring the area around the castle too.

Fees include:
• Full board including all wines and lodging at the castle for eight nights
• Daily Morning yoga practice with yoga instructor and wine lover Eleanor Shannon
• Daily wine tastings and classes with Emily O’Hare
• All WSET Level 2 course material, exam paper and tasting of over 50 wines and spirits from around the world including Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy with an added emphasis on the wines of Italy.
• An interactive Cheesemaking masterclass with local shepherds and cheesemakers Lorenzo and Francesca from Caseificio Murceti, who use milk only from their own sheep.
• Olive oil tasting and lunch at La Chiarentana in the UNESCO World Heritage Val d’Orcia and a visit to the famous gardens at La Foce.
• Pasta and sourdough bread making at the castle with Lughan Carr- ex-chef at the River Café, Ballymalloe and the Dock Kitchen.
• A visit to a prestigious winery in Montepulciano with time to wander the streets of the old city and dinner in a local trattoria.
• A visit and wine tasting to a top Brunello estate, stopping off at the Romanesque Abbey of Sant’ Antimo.
• Dinner in the vegetable gardens at Roberto Rossi’s Michelin-starred Il Silene
• A traditional Merenda (picnic) at Moreno’s vineyard amongst the vines and olives- to see the Potentino valley from a different perspective and see how vines have been grown for millennia around the castle.
• Airport transfers from and to Rome Airport

Optional Italian classes (for all levels), Massages, personal fitness can be organized upon request for a supplement.

Sample Programme (subject to change)

Day 1 – Friday
Transfer from Rome 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.

Dinner prepared in the kitchens at Potentino using local meats and vegetables from our vegetable garden.

Day 2 – Saturday

Yoga class in the olive grove.

WSET Course begins: the factors that influence wine styles. Workshop on Tasting Technique.

Lunch under the loggia at Potentino

Cheese making display by Lorenzo and Francesca of Caseifico Murceti using raw milk from their flock of sheep. You will learn about the different types of cheese made locally from sheeps-milk including pecorino and ricotta as well as learn about the local traditions.

A light dinner in the grand dining room accompanied by wines from the DOC Montecucco region (which is local to Potentino).

Day 3 – Sunday

Yoga Class
WSET course continues: The principal Grape Varieties

Olive oil tasting at Chiarentana with Donata Origo
A short walk to the gardens at La Foce for a tour of the beautifully landscaped gardens created by Cecil Pinsent for the Origo family.

Dinner back at Potentino with wines from Piemonte.

Day 4 – Monday
Daily yoga

Bread making with Lughan Carr making use of the wood-burning oven.

Lunch at the Castle

WSET Course- The Principal Grape Varieties continued

Dinner at Potentino with wines from Veneto.

Day 5 Tuesday

Daily yoga

WSET Course- Regionally important grape varieties - Style and Quality

Lunch at the Castle

A wine tasting at a top Montepulciano vineyard followed by time to wander the streets of Montepulciano.

A dinner at a trattoria in Montepulciano

Day 6 Wednesday

Daily yoga

Free morning to relax

Lunch at the Castle


A Pasta making class

Dinner at the castle accompanied by wines from Campania and Basilicata

Day 7 Thursday


Daily yoga

WSET Course- Production and Style:Sparkling, sweet and Fortified wines

Lunch at the Castle

A trip to a top Brunello maker to see their vineyards and taste their wine.
A visit to the romanesque Abbey of Sant'Antimo


Dinner at Ristorante Il Silene in the vegetable garden with Roberto Rossi.

Day 8 Friday

Daily yoga

WSET Course - The methods used in the production of spirits and the styles of spirits produced... and Exam.

Lunch at the Castle

A free afternoon to relax by the pool and then in the early evening a walk down the valley to Moreno’s vineyard and a merenda as the sun goes down.

Wines from the islands - Sicily and Sardegna.

Day 9 Saturday

Morning yoga and breakfast
Transfer to Rome Airport

Prices (per person)
Ensuite Double Room Single occupancy €4,000
Double Room with private external bathroom (Single Occupancy) €3,800

Ensuite Double (based on 2 people sharing) €3,450 
Double Room with private external bathroom (Sharing) €3,450

Twin Room with private external bathroom (Based on 2 people sharing) €3,450
Triple Ensuite (Based on 3 people Sharing) €3,300

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:15th September 2019
Ends on:23rd September 2019


€ 3000.00