WSET 2 IN FLORENCE - MAR 20-22, 2020


WSET 2 IN FLORENCE - MAR 20-22, 2020


Take the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines class and exam in Florence, Italy with Emily O’Hare.

Upcoming WSET 2 dates in Florence, Italy:

  • Friday March 20 - Sunday March 22, 202 at Peruzzi Residences

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WSET 2 Florence, Italy course description

To take the WSET Level 2 course a willingness to learn about wine and taste a LOT of it is all that is required. Level 1 is incorporated into the body of the Level 2 course so it is not obligatory to have sat Level 1. At Level 2 'Place' takes precedence: the student will look at where the “Noble Grapes” grow best - we will talk about this term in class - and we will taste the wines those grapes make, from the famous regions that produce them - such as Champagne, Chablis, Barolo, Rioja and many more. We will look at what factors contribute to making these grapes grow so beautifully... and why the wines those grapes make might have a higher price tag. We will be tasting some truly excellent and exciting wines from the best producers.

The course includes 16 hours course time, with a suggested minimum 11 hours personal study time in advance of the intensive course, and a one-hour exam.

The course will be held Friday 10:30am to 6pm with 1.5 hours for lunch, Saturday 10:30am to 6pm, and Sunday 10:30am to 5pm + 1 hour exam. We suggest you arrive in Florence at Peruzzi Residences on the Thursday evening.

What you will learn:

  • A review of how wine is made

  • What factors influence wine style

  • The key white and black grape varieties and their characteristics

  • The important wine-producing regions of the world in which these grapes are grown

  • The production of sparkling, sweet, and fortified wines

  • Label terminology

  • Food and wine pairing principles

  • The principal categories of spirits and liqueurs, and how they are made

  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

This course is for anyone committed to learning more about wines around the world, for any reason. The resulting certificate is recognized worldwide, making it more and more the choice of wine professionals working in wine marketing, wine sales and wine service.

The wines you will taste

The WSET level 2 requires you to taste over 40 wines during the course. It is so important to taste the best - the most expressive, most beautiful wines for each zone. Working with a specialist provider and sparing no expense, we have sourced fabulous wines and we are sure that you’ll meet your next favourite wine here.

Some examples of the wine you’ll taste in Emily’s WSET 2 are:

  • Domaine Rene Rostaing, Cote Rotie

  • Clos des Papes , Chateauneuf du Pape

  • Chateau Pibran, Pauillac

  • Grosset Polish Hill, Clare Valley Riesling

  • Domaine de Montille ‘Les Sizies’ , Beaune

  • Susana Balbo, Malbec, ‘El Peral’, Mendoza

  • Prophet’s Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir

  • Domaine Schlumberger Gewurztraminer

  • Chateau Rayne Vigneau, Sauternes

  • Trimbach Pinot Gris, Alsace

  • Malenchini Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG Riserva

Florence, Italy course location: Peruzzi Residences

This WSET course is taught in Florence, Italy. The Renaissance capital in the center of Tuscany provides a conveniently located, central backdrop for learning. This course is thus aimed both at residents of Florence and Tuscany looking for a non-residential occasion to take the exam, and at visitors from beyond Florence interested in making this course a destination.

We have chosen the newly opened Peruzzi Urban Residences in the Santa Croce area of Florence as our course location, a boutique hotel in a just-renovated 13th-century palazzo. It is owned by the Malenchini family, also owners of Villa Medicea Di Lilliano and location of their winery. Their regal living room just steps from the church of Santa Croce will be where we’ll learn about wines. We’ve reserved the whole palazzo for our group and you’ll find it like your home away from home (but better).

We have negotiated a very special rate for rooms: €250 for the 3 nights, breakfast included, for either a single or double room (best available room). Even if you’re from Florence, it’s worth making this a staycation!

Extra perks for our WSET students

As it’s going to be necessary to study the course material in advance of our intensive weekend class, you’re going to want to do so while tasting some wine. Get ahead by choosing wines of different grape varieties and provenances: we’ve gotten you this special Tannico discount code. Tannico is an Italian online wine retailer that carries a wide selection of both Italian and international wines that you may not find locally.

About your instructor, Emily O’Hare

Emily feels very strongly that wine study should be pleasurable, and that learning about wine - even in the context of a “serious” exam like the WSET - should spark pleasure and creativity. Wine knowledge is wonderful, and the wine world a magical, mystical place to enter in to courtesy of an intelligent glass of wine. And in just a few days, thanks to the excellent WSET programme it is possible to feel really empowered regarding the wines of the world. As you will see with the WSET courses, It is not just about identifying primary and secondary scents, but about finding creative ways to think about, describe, and ultimately, drink wine. Emily has extensive experience in the wine world and teaching the WSET - learn more about her here.

Course cost and How to sign up for our WSET 2 course in Florence, Italy

The course fee is €650 + room (optional) €250

Maximum of 10 participants

Room reservation: €250 per room including breakfast (single or double use), for three nights (arriving Thursday Nov 14 and leaving Sunday Nov 17). This amount will be pre-paid directly to Peruzzi Residences, who will assign you the best available room.

If you would like to sign up for this course, please fill out the form below - or feel free to email us with any questions you might have at

We will contact you to confirm your subscription and at that time ask for a down-payment of €150 which covers your official registration with WSET, and your course book, which will be sent to you by airmail.

The balance of €500 will be requested for payment 3 weeks before the course date. Payments can be by bank transfer (in the EU) or Paypal, which accepts Visa and Mastercard (as well as bank-transfer or account balance).

Cancellation policy: Should you cancel more than 3 weeks before course date, the WSET registration and course material fee is non refundable, though can be applied to a future course. In the exceptional case of cancellation after the balance has been paid, less than 3 weeks before the course, we can apply the credit to another course of your choice.

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