Glassware

glassware

EVOLUTION OF THE RIEDEL COLLECTION SORTED BY YEAR OF INTRODUCTION

SOMMELIERS (1973)

•RIEDEL’S BENCHMARK IN QUALITY
•THE FIRST VARIETY SPECIFIC STEMWARE LINE
•DISHWASHER SAFE

SOMMELIERS (1973): Professor CLAUS J. RIEDEL was the first designer to recognize that the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of wines are affected by the shape of the glass from which they are consumed. More than 50 years ago he began his pioneering work to create stemware that would match and
complement different wines and spirits. In the late 1950s, RIEDEL started to produce glasses which at that time were a design revolution. Thin-blown, unadorned, reducing the design to its essence: bowl, stem, base.
Working with experienced tasters, RIEDEL discovered that wine enjoyed from his glasses showed more depth and better balance than when served in other glasses. CLAUS J. RIEDEL laid the groundwork for stemware which was functional as well as beautiful, and made according to the Bauhaus design principle: form follows function. In 1961 a revolutionary concept was introduced, when the Riedel catalogue featured the first line of wine glasses created in different sizes and shapes. Before this, conventional stemware had used a single basic bowl shape, with only the size varying depending on use. The concept was illustrated to perfection with the introduction of the Sommeliers series in 1973, which achieved worldwide recognition.
SOMMELIERS is executed in lead crystal, mouth blown in Austria.

VINUM (1986)

•RIEDEL’S BENCHMARK
•GRAPE VARIETY SPECIFIC
•DISHWASHER SAFE

VINUM (1986) 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 work shops based on the performance where the content commands the shape.
VINUM is executed in lead crystal, machine blown in Bavaria, Germany.

WINE (1999)

•WITH A DECORATED STEM
•DURABLE AND FUNCTIONAL
•GRAPE VARIETY SPECIFIC
•DISHWASHER SAFE

WINE (1999): This collection was made for customers who want the full „key to wine“ concept, but with a more decorated stem. WINE combines a light catching, decorative stem and Vinum‘s most popular varietal specific bowls.
WINE is executed in lead free, machine blown in Bavaria, Germany.

VINUM EXTREME (2000)

•DRAMATICALLY DESIGNED FOR
•NEW WORLD WINES
•GRAPE VARIETY SPECIFIC
•DISHWASHER SAFE

VINUM EXTREME (2000) 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 more 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.
VINUM EXTREME is executed in lead crystal, machine blown in Bavaria, Germany.

O (2004)

•THE ORIGINAL STEMLESS WINE TUMBLER
•FOR EVERY DAY WINE ENJOYMENT
•DISHWASHER SAFE
•GRAPE VARIETY SPECIFIC

O (2004) is the first varietal specific wine tumbler in history. O is an innovative take on the casual wine glass for total wine enjoyment. O is based on the benchmark shapes of RIEDEL VINUM to enhance the world’s most important grape varietals. The tumbler, used for centuries as an all-round drinking vessel, is now turned into a sophisticated wine accessory. It fits into every dishwasher. Broken stems are a thing of the past.
O is executed in non lead crystal, machine blown in Bavaria, Germany.

VITIS (2007)

•FASHIONABLE FOR THE WELL SET TABLE
•GRAPE VARIETY SPECIFIC
•DISHWASHER SAFE

VITIS (2007): This varietal specific stemware line and it‘s award winning architectural design, represents the pinnacle of translating a wine’s message to the human senses. Each grape varietal carries its unique DNA which denotes the wine’s individual fingerprint. The RIEDEL glass designs are based on the exceptional characteristics of each grape variety, which in turn determines the shape, size and rim diameter of the bowl. The latest machine blown technology, in conjunction with the seamless pulled stem, offers a special design feature „architecture“, which creates an indent in the bottom of the bowl, reflecting the light and adding another dimension to the lively color of wine.
VITIS is executed in lead crystal, machine blown pulled stem made in Bavaria.

SOMMELIERS BLACK TIE (2008)

•SOPHISTICATED AND REFINED
•GRAPE VARIETY SPECIFIC
•DISHWASHER SAFE

SOMMELIERS BLACK TIE (2008): The Grand Cru Wine Glass Collection was launched in 2008 to celebrate 50 years since the introduction of the BGC glass. SOMMELIERS BLACK TIE – 50 years later, we celebrate the anniversary of this iconic glass. The Red Wine glasses are highlighted by a tall black stem or base.
SOMMELIERS BLACK TIE is executed in lead crystal, mouth blown in Austria.

VINUM XL (2009)

•LARGE, LUXURIOUS AND LOFTY
•GRAPE VARIETY SPECIFIC
•DISHWASHER SAFE

VINUM XL (2009) is positioned as the new generation of RIEDEL wine glasses, It was developed for big, bold and concentrated wines. VINUM XL is executed in lead crystal, machine blown in Bavaria, Germany.