Otherworldly is one way of describing Castello di Potentino, an eleventh-century citadel girdled by greenery. West of Seggiano and south of Monte Amiata in southern Tuscany, the castle vaunts an air of exceptional happenstance where everything feels possible and possibilities become practical. Englishwoman Charlotte Horton spotted the potential before anyone else, lovingly restoring the rubble into the regal residence it is today and planting site-sensitive grape varieties in the volcanic soils. Charlotte’s wines are among the most beguiling in the Montecucco area. Ethereal, elegant and energised, they are elixirs entwined with the sense of place made from Alicante, Sangiovese and Pinot Nero grapes grown side by side in the same four-hectare vineyard.
Get practical at Potentino this April.
First up is Pilates with Patrice Munro, a residency ranging from the whole week to a few days or a single class focusing on a new-found understanding of your body from April 14 to 22; a four-day Scent and Scentability residential workshop, led by The Scent Trail author Celia Lyttleton, to develop your sense of smell, creating perfumes and enjoying aromatic food and wine (April 25 to 29).
Book ahead for May’s five-day Yoga Retreat with Gunn Haglund, former news presenter and media executive turned Asthanga yoga practitioner. From May 11 to 17, yoga enthusiasts and beginners are invited to dynamic vinyasa flow and meditative yin yoga sessions, al fresco vegetarian meals, and reading or relaxing by the pool. Learn how to cook simple regional Indian cuisine at Potentino as Swati Deshpande and Avinash Kumar (chef formerly at London’s River Café) demonstrate how to make dishes from locally sourced ingredients during the weekend of May 17 to 20.
The month’s activities continue with The Florentine and Decanter’s Emily O’Hare and her Wine Sense course: four days digesting the fundamentals of the wines of Italy according to the internationally recognized WSET course (May 22-26). End May by joining the American professional painter Timothy Allen for a luxury getaway: seven days of painting from life with the aim of crafting an oil portrait in a landscape.