Castello di Potentino

Wine making & WSET Level 2 Course With Emily O'Hare (September 2019)

Starts on: Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ends on: Sunday, September 22, 2019

Price: Starting from - based on available rooms and number of guests, fill out the form for total price.

The best way to learn about wine is to participate in a harvest - Join us for our harvest this year - and feel the chapters of the WSET Level 2 study book come to life.

At Castello di Potentino students of the WSET Level 2 residential course get out in the vineyard for a morning’s grape picking. And then head either into the winery to get involved in the pressing of the fruit, or head to the nearby Etruscan wine stones to foot press the grapes - students learn both the ancient and modern methods for winemaking.

This is a six-day (seven-night) residential course during which you will study and sit the WSET level 2 examination while enjoying everything Tuscany has to offer. The course follows on from WSET level 1 (which is not essential).

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.

For WSET Level 2 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.

Drink responsibly. People under the age of 18 will not be allowed to participate in the tastings.


In 2014 Emily left her position as Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer at London’s River Cafe to teach the WSET wine qualifications in Tuscany and to continue to write on Italian wine for “Decanter” magazine. Emily is now based in Siena organising wine tours and tastings and teaching the WSET wine certificates.

Fees include:

  • Full board including all wines and lodging at the castle for seven nights
  • Morning yoga practice
  • 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.
  • Pasta and Breadmaking session with the team at Potentino
  • 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 and dinner in Montalcino
  • Dinner at Roberto Rossi’s Michelin-starred Il Silene
  • Airport transfers from and to Rome Airport

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

If you have any questions before booking do not hesitate to get in touch via email. Alexander will be available to help you with all your needs.

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