De WSET is een Engelstalige wijncursus, vandaar dat de onderstaande tekst en uitleg in Engels wordt gegeven:

WSET® Level 1 qualification is a beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The main types and styles of wine;
  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics;
  • How to store and serve wine;
  • The principles of food and wine pairing; and 
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine ®

What is Expected:

  • There is no prior knowledge needed, however, students should read the WSET Level 1 Award in Wine Specification to have an understanding of expectations.
  • There is no study obligation outside of scheduled class time.
  • This course ends with an assessment, a closed-book exam of 30 multiple choice questions. Wine Lab offers one free re-sit* to unsuccessful candidates. Subsequent re-sits are subject to a fee of 50€

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is intended for people who have little or no prior knowledge of wines. It is designed to provide a sound but simple introduction to wines. The qualification will assist those who need a basic familiarity with the main types and styles of wines, for example people who work with wines as part of a larger beverage portfolio in the retail and hospitality sectors.

Successful candidates will be able to know the key stages in grape growing and winemaking, list the principal types and styles of wine, state the key characteristics of wines made from the principal grape varieties as well as other examples of wines, and know the key principles involved in the storage and service of wine. They will consequently be in a position to answer customer queries and provide recommendations for the service of wine.

*Students are only eligible for a free re-sit if they are present for all 6 hours of in-class guided learning.

Location & time

The course for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines take place on Sundays in a 6 hour time frame. The course structure is as follows:

  • 9:00: ‍Class begins! 
  • 12:00: Lunch break.
  • 16:00: Educational session concludes followed by time for revision and questions.
  • 17:00: ‍ Exam. You will have 45 minutes to complete the exam which consists of 30 multiple-choice questions.

The courses take place in the Vindict Wineshop in Amsterdam Noord, located on Docklandsweg 5, 1031 KN.


The WSET courses at Vindict are hosted by Jody Pollara, founder of Wine Lab.

Jody has dedicated her personal and professional life to the world of wine. Originally from Baltimore, Jody earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management with a minor in Business from the University of Delaware. Around 2014, Jody decided to embark on a new endeavor – becoming a certified wine expert! She dived right into her wine education with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and quickly decided to pursue wine as a full-time career. 

Jody completed WSET’s highest qualification, the WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines, in 2018 and has dedicated much of her time to expanding her wine knowledge. After completing the Diploma, Jody became a WSET Certified Wine Educator and a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators (SWE). She has worked at wineries in France and Italy and traveled to many European and North American wine regions where she continues to learn about wine directly from winemakers and other industry professionals. 

In 2021, Jody proudly founded Wine Lab in Amsterdam with a goal of sharing her knowledge and passion for wine with others. The study of wine encompasses a wide variety of disciplines: history, geography, agriculture, culinary arts, business, and more! Through Wine Lab, Jody is committed to providing top quality wine education, whether in a casual tasting or a certification course, to professionals as well as those who just love wine. Wine Lab offers a fun and interactive environment to facilitate learning, teambuilding, or simply having a good time with wine.

  • Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators) - September 2021
  • WSET Certified Educator - November 2019
  • WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits - January 2018
  • WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits - March 2016
  • WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits - July 2015

Courses 2024

Sunday April 7th
>> Location: Docklandsweg 5, 1031 KN Amsterdam-Noord

Sunday April 26th
>> Location: Docklandsweg 5, 1031 KN Amsterdam-Noord


The WSET 1 Course Price: €285The course price includes:

  • 6 hours of guided in-class learning
  • 6 tasting glasses
  • a WSET Level 1 study pack
  • 6 wines tasted
  • the exam fee

Successful candidates will receive a certificate and lapel pin from WSET.

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