Highest quality stemware and glassware from Austria.
50 years ago, Claus J. Riedel proposed a radical new theory: that the taste of a wine was determined as much by the character of that wine as it was by the shape of the glass from which it was tasted. The idea of designing a specific glass for a specific type of wine was unheard of at that time as all wine glasses were made with the same shape. Coming from a family that had been making glass for 9 generations, Riedel tested his theory and introduced the first Riedel wine glasses in 1961, with each glass tailored to enhance specific properties of body, taste, and bouquet.
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How a Wine Glass Works
Releasing aromas. Enjoying wine is all about aromas. It’s the same joy as smelling bacon frying or sniffing a hot cup of Chai tea. With wine, the aromas are released as the alcohol volatilizes from the surface of the wine. Having an increased surface area is a benefit to optimize releasing aromas while drinking. There have been studies to show how swirling wine increases surface area.
Collecting aromas. It’s a surprise that not more coffee and tea cups have ‘aroma collectors’, because they’d benefit from the same effect that the bowl of a wine glass offers to wine. Depending on the style of wine, you may want a large aroma collector or a smaller one. There are no set rules for this logic, however we’ve seen that white wines typically have smaller aroma collectors and bowls to maintain their temperature whereas red wines typically have larger bowls to showcase their aromas.
Thin lips. There are differing opinions on the lip of a glass, however the general consensus is that the thinner the lip of the glass, the less ‘in the way’ the glass is to the drinking experience. We’ve seen this in all types of glasses, from water to whiskey.
VINUM became the first machine-made glass in history to be based on the characteristics of grape varietal. VINUM was not developed on a drawing board, but in tasting workshops based on the performance where the content commands the shape. The pleasure of enjoying fine wine starts with the right glass. VINUM is executed in crystal, machine blown in Bavaria, Germany.
VINUM EXTREME was produced to keep up with the New World intense wine structure and steady improvement of these wines. This required a very specific glass to showcase and highlight the special qualities presented in the most perfect wines from the New World. These wines call for shapes, which can "deal" with the concentration and translate the wines message in a perfect way.
RIEDEL 'O' stemless wine glasses were designed especially for sophisticated urban dwellers who have an eye for design but demand a perfectly shaped wine glass all at a fraction of the price of other Riedel glassware.
DECANTER Wow your guests (and enhance your wine's flavor!) with a beautiful Riedel decanter. Providing superior aeration, Riedel wine decanters can help soften tannins and remove sediments - helping your wine reach its full flavor potential.