Rack and Return: WSET Courses in Barcelona

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Are you a wine aficionado, an oenophile, living in or visiting Barcelona? If so, you must learn about Rack and Return and their fantastic courses and events!

Rack and Return is a school founded in 2019 by wine loving friends Fintan Kerr and Michael Salverda. Fintan is an award-winning WSET diploma graduate and head educator while Michael, an expert on South African wine, serves as technical director. 

Rack and Return (delestage in French) is a term describing a specific fermentation process for red wine. The process consists of draining off the wine after fermentation has begun and straining out the seeds from the juice. The removed wine is then sprayed into a second tank to aerate it.

The school is dedicated to teaching WSET Courses. The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) provides globally recognised education and qualifications in wines for professionals and enthusiasts. Their courses are regarded as the international standard in wine and spirit education. London based WSET was founded in 1969 and operates in 75 countries.

WSET courses with Rack and Return help you gain a deeper understanding of the wonderful world of wine – from learning how to taste wine professionally to exploring in-depth about viticulture, wine-making and the wine-making regions of the world. Classes are engaging, fun and comprehensive.


The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is a beginners’ course and an ideal introduction to the world of wine for anyone with little or no prior knowledge of wine. It is an intensive course, designed to be completed in a single day. The course covers the characteristics of the worlds’ main grape varieties and an introduction to both viticulture (grape-growing) and wine-making.

Candidates taste a selection of red and white wines from the principal grape varieties, displaying contrasting characteristics. The appearance (colour), nose (aroma characteristics) and palate (sweetness, acidity, tannin, alcohol, body) are all considered. Students also learn about food and wine pairing, storage of wine and legal issues during the level 1 course.

Levels 1, 2 and 3 are available in English and levels 1 and 2 can be done in Spanish. Group sizes are limited to a maximum of 10 people and classes take place in a bright, spacious room. On completion of the course and passing the test, you will have gained not only professional knowledge but also a globally recognised qualification and certificate.

In addition to WSET courses, Rack and Return organizes masterclasses, corporate events and high-quality wine tastings. For a limited time, get 10% off Rack and Return courses with the following code: BarcelonaNavigator10

Rack and Return WSET Wine Courses

Become a certified wine expert with Rack and Return! Their Barcelona WSET courses are ideal for both wine enthusiasts and industry professionals.