It has been more than 50 years since Professor Claus J Riedel first designed stemware to match and complement different wines and spirits; recognising that the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of wines are affected by the shape of the glass from which they are drunk.
Riedel Glassware at a glance...
Elegant in their simplicity, Riedel glasses are thin-blown, unadorned, maintaining the design to the essence of bowl, stem and base.
“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”. (Robert M. Parker Jnr, The Wine Advocate).
“The Riedel family has never stamped its name on a single bottle of wine. But over the past 50 years, this Austrian clan of master glassmakers has done more to enhance the oenophile’s pleasure than almost any winemaking dynasty” (TIME MAGAZINE)
The first Riedel in the trade of luxury glass goods was Johann Christoph Riedel, born in 1678. He journeyed all over Europe trading glass, travelling as far as Spain and Portugal. The earnings from the business justified the long, arduous and dangerous travels.
Johann Carl Riedel, 2nd generation (1701-1781) was a gilder and glasscutter. He operated his own workshop refining glassware.
Johann Leopold Riedel, 3rd generation (1726-1800), made his fortune in the Seven Year War (1756-1763) fought between the Austrians and the Prussians over Bohemia and Schlesia. The demand for window panes needed for rebuilding the surrounding cities and villages destroyed during the war, offered Johann the chance to found his first glass factory, which he opened on May 17, 1756. His success was based on his invention of a technique that substituted stained glass windows with window panes.
The next generation, Anton Leopold Riedel (1761-1821) radically changed his father’s production from window panes to pure luxury goods, such as chandelier parts and ornate glassware.
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