Riedel: The Wine Glass Company


A wine glass is just a glassware, isn’t it? A container to temporarily hold liquid until it is consumed. Generally, that is the first purpose of glassware you think of until a company revolutionised wine glass specifically designing it to enhance one’s drinking experience. 


Glassware as we know it, has certainly evolved its functionality over the years. In fact, there is a spectrum of wine glass selections with a particular yet specific use. Though this is the case, there is only a handful of glassware brands that can claim it has made a difference to the oenophile’s lifestyle. Among those globally recognised by wine critics and sommeliers, a family-owned brand that has been making glass for over 250 years has become a top choice for wine glassware. It’s superb quality and exceptional functionality to enhance the taste of wine has made this brand a staple among restaurants and top-rated wineries. 


It is none other than Riedel.


Riedel started its production of glass in 1756 and for next two centuries continued to exhibit true craftsmanship in glass making. But it was during the 1950s when Professor Claus Riedel introduced a revolutionary idea of wine friendly stemware. His pioneering accomplishment paved a way to complement and match different wine varieties and spirits with a specific glass type. He also found out that wines drank from his glass delivered better balance and more depth than other glasses. 


Currently at the helm of the company are George Riedel (10th generation) and Maximilian Riedel (11th generation). Together with the whole team, they continue to release innovations that help bring out the finest qualities of wine. 


The Science of Form and Function

Surprisingly, the idea behind how Riedel is designed or how it works is backed by science. As experts point out, taste is seventy-five percent affected by our olfactory power. The design of the glass influences the volume of vino musk that is being wafted towards your nose.


A February 2015 study done in Japan using three types of glasses (a cocktail glass, a straight glass, and a wine glass) also led to the same results: shape really matters. From the moment we pour the wine, to the time we take a sip, the aroma radically changes contributing to how we perceive the taste of wine. 


When Riedel first created the wine-friendly stemware, it has the same the very same principle seen in these studies: that content commands shape. And this concept was taken from the Bauhaus movement which states that form follows function. With this Professor Claus Riedel introduced a stemware that conveys the purest form of the taste, bouquet, balance and finish of a wine to our senses.


An Oenophile’s Choice

There is no need for one to be a wine expert or critic to appreciate how Riedel elevates drinking your choice of red wine, white wine, or rosé. By simplifying the glass architecture to what is essential – unadorned, delicately thin-blown, and focusing on the dimension of the bowl, stem, and base – the brand has introduced glassware for every wine lover.


Vino lovers all over the world know the significant impact Riedel has on wines. With stellar reviews and recommendations, it is no wonder that the glassware company has established itself as a premier brand in designing and creating the highest wine decanters and glass.


As wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. expressed: “The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by RIEDEL. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make.”


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*Photo from 'All About Riedel' 2015 brochure