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World's First Wine and Yoga Retreat Opens

The world's first certified wine and yoga retreat has opened in Tuscany, with celebrated London sommelier Emily O'Hare transforming a medieval castle into Castello di Potentino, a relaxing and rustic resort...

Ever been to a wine-tasting where there was little opportunity for a sun salutation or a downward dog, or to a yoga class where your bendy peers look down their noses as you try to subtly crack open a bottle of Pino Grigio?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then Castello di Potentino, the world’s first wine and yoga retreat, is definitely the place for you.

Situated in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, Castello di Potentino is based in a medieval castle overlooking Monte Amiata. Guests there will be able to enjoy a five-day experience combining wine workshops, poolside yoga, Michelin-starred chef Roberto Rossi’s cooking masterclasses and a spa trip to the thermal baths at Bagno-Vignoni.

The brains behind Castello di Potentio, Emily O’Hare is also the former head sommelier, or wine steward, of London’s River Café.

“From my time at The River Café I understood that guests want to learn more about wine, but didn’t know how to go about it,” she said, “The castle setting is perfect. It’s a mystical, magical place – by the stream that runs past the castle gates, you can see the Etruscan wine basins, where in ancient times they would have pressed the grapes with their feet.”

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Images from @castellodipotentio

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