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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

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WSET Level 2 Award in the Loire Valley

By Martin Hudson, Master of wine

Martin Hudson, Château de Jalesnes and Loire Secrets bring their respective skills together to offer you a unique opportunity to combine the Loire Valley discovery with a qualification in Wine and Spirit delivered by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

Share with other wine enthusiasts this unique opportunity to make  your WSET courses even spicier and livelier in the Loire Valley.

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

A beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines and spirits for those working in the industry or wine and spirit enthusiasts.

For individuals seeking a core understanding of wines, this qualification explores the major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown.
You’ll learn about the styles of wines produced from these grapes as well as key classifications and labelling terminology. A basic overview of the key categories of spirits and liqueurs will also be provided. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.



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Practical information


 A beginner to intermediate level qualification


To be confirmed


6 days / 5 nights




Tours Airport
St Pierre des Corps train station


-Twin/Double occupancy
– Single occupancy
Min 10 p. Maxi 24 p.
(air fares not incl.)

Martin Hudson, your course provider

The wine courses are run by Martin Hudson, Master of Wine; one of only 350 in the world.

Martin has always had a passion for wine, in particular wines of the Loire Valley; so much so, that he and his wife have a charming little ‘pied a terre’ a stone’s throw from the château de Jalesnes on the outskirts of Vernantes.

In 2000 Martin started to formalise his passion for wine by obtaining the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Certificate and Higher Certificate. With this taste for knowledge Martin embarked on the WSET Diploma, which he attained in 2002 and then went on to become a WSET certified educator in 2005. By 2008 Martin had become a Master of Wine. He had swapped his career in engineering quality control for one much more aligned to his oenological talents, going on to become a wine advisor at a much loved high street wine merchant and subsequently tutoring wine education courses for both staff and customers at the world renowned Berry Brothers and Rudd where he was also responsible for seeking out wines from the more esoteric regions of the Old World.

Martin delivers his training in a charming and relaxed manner, imparting both a knowledge of and a love for wine.


Meet & Greet at Tours airport, or St Pierre des Corps train station.
Luxury coach transfer to Château de Jalesnes, Vernantes.

05:30 pm > Check-in

06:00 pm > Tour of Chateau – refreshment

06:30 pm > First Session with Martin Hudson (Part 1)

07:30 pm > Freshen up time

08:00 pm > First session with Martin Hudson (Part 2) over canapés and cremant

09:00 pm > Dinner in château

09:00 am > Relaxed breakfast

10:00 am > Second session with Martin (Part 1)

11:00 am > Mid-morning break

11:15 am > Second session with Martin (Part 2)

12:15 pm > Conclusion of second session with Martin

12 :30 pm > Lunch at château

02:00 pm > Third session with Martin (Part 1)

03:00 pm > Coffee break

03:15 pm > Third session with Martin (part 2)

04:15 pm > Conclusion of Third session with Martin

07:00 pm > Depart from the Château to local restaurant

08:00 pm > Dinner at local restaurant “La Table des fouées”. Discover local specialties expertly paired by Martin with wines from the region

08:00 am > Relaxed breakfast

09:00 am > Fourth session with Martin

10:45 am > Depart chateau for Chateau de Targé

11:15 am > Private guided tour of Château de Targé

01:00 pm > Lunch at L’héliante restaurant in Turquant

05:30 pm > Fifth session with Martin (Part 1)

06:30 pm > Pre-dinner drinks on the terrace (link to spirit education part of programme)

07:00 pm > Fifth session with Martin (Part 2)

08:00 pm > End of fifth session with Martin

08:15 pm > Dinner in Chateau

08:00 am > Relaxed breakfast

09:00 am > Sixth session with Martin (Part 1) Link to sparkling wines

10:00 am > Coffee Break

10:15 am > Sixth session with Martin (Part 2) Link to sparkling wines

11:10 am > Depart Chateau for a private wine tour

11:45 am > Tour of Château de Parnay

01:00 pm > Lunch at Alchimiste restaurant

03:00 pm > Free time in Saumur

05:30 pm > Visit comber distillery

07:00 pm > Visit exhibition in Ackerman caves & dinner in Ackerman home, former resident of Château de Jalesnes

09:00 pm > Return to chateau

09:00 am > Relaxed breakfast

10:00 am > Seventh session with Martin (Part 1)

11:00 am > Mid-morning break

11:15 am > Seventh session with Martin (Part 2)

12:15 pm > Conclusion of Seventh session with Martin

12 :30 pm > Light lunch at château

02:00 pm > Eighth session with Martin (Part 1)

03:00 pm > Coffee break

03:15 pm > Eighth session with Martin (part 2)

04:15 pm > Conclusion of Eighth session with Martin

20:00 pm > Sumptuous Banquet with accompanying wine flight fastidiously chosen by Martin to celebrate end of course.
Presentation of attendance certificate by Martin Hudson.

08:00 am > Relaxed breakfast

09:00 am > Check out

09:30 am > Exam in banquet Hall

11:30 am > End of exam

12:00 pm > Light lunch – potential for packed lunch to take away

12:30 pm >Presentation of attendance certificate

12:45 pm >Depart for airport or train station

The Chateau Experience

Chateau de Jalesnes’s history is very much part of what the owners offer, so when you come and stay with them you will be given ‘The Chateau Experience’ – living in a beautiful 17th Century Chateau with modern kitchens, bathrooms and furnishings, yet retaining the old world charm.

The rooms are large with high ceilings so you enjoy the freedom of space. The furniture style is Country French, and the bathrooms are traditional …so you immediately feel you are in a lovely old Country Home. Guests are welcome to enjoy different sitting areas on the ground floor in the chateau to meet with friends, enjoy a good book, catch up on emails, or have a drink with other guests. The ground floor is a social space…where you meet and greet others staying on their own or in a group.

The grounds give the chateau its grandeur – with French gardens, spacious green lawns, 22 acres of forest, an orchard and a heated outdoor swimming pool.
Guests can explore the grounds and enjoy living life in a grand chateau…living as the wealthy landlords did in the past.


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