How to Start Your Wine Glass Collection

If you’ve just moved into your first home or have finally had it with your mash-up of different glasses in the cupboard, it’s time to go glass shopping! You’ve come to the right place - but knowing where to start can be very intimidating. Let us be your guide as you consider a few key questions!

Filled RIEDEL Wine Riesling/Zinfandel and Cabernet/Merlot glasses on an outdoor picnic table

What do you like to enjoy?

Do you enjoy a glass of wine every night or just an occasional glass shared with your partner or housemate? Are you obsessed with certain wine varieties or are you simply led by color?

RIEDEL makes two types of glasses for wine:

  • Grape Varietal Specific
  • Wine friendly

RIEDEL Grape Varietal Specific glassware has been designed in tasting workshops to harmonize and highlight the specific characters of different wine varieties. If there’s a particular variety that you can’t live without, we’d always recommend Grape Varietal Specific glassware for your favorites because they will deliver the best experience.

Wine friendly glassware is designed to show optimum characteristics in wine, without catering to specific wine varieties. These functional glasses are ideal for those who have an easy-going approach to wine enjoyment.

Read more about the difference between grape varietal specific and wine friendly!

RIEDEL also produces glassware for champagne, spirits, and different cocktails, so it’s worth exploring our shop as there is a glass for every drink.

Laid dinner table with RIEDEL Superleggero glasses

What’s your budget?

How often will you use your new glasses? Are you only buying a few key pieces, or do you love to entertain and therefore need larger quantities?

Consider how much you spend on wine each month – what feels reasonable in comparison for a long-term use product? Beautiful, functional glassware is always worth the investment if you’re a wine lover who wants to get the most from every bottle.

RIEDEL offers ranges that span across three price points – luxury, mid-level, and entry-level – which will allow you to find the ideal products no matter what your budget.

Want to really spoil yourself? Explore our luxury handmade glasses for those extra special bottles! Collections such as Sommeliers or RIEDEL Superleggero take any ordinary experience to extraordinary.

If you’re only shopping for yourself and want to start your collection based on your favorite wine varieties, we suggest a twin pack or two from our mid-level collections like RIEDEL Performance or RIEDEL Veritas.

Or if you’re a perennial entertainer, you may prefer our entry-level ranges where a set of four or eight won’t hurt the budget. The Extreme collection offers you functional glasses at a fantastic price point to ensure you can always be the greatest host.

Two white wine filled RIEDEL O Wine Tumbler Viognier/Chardonnay stand on a small tray. Next to the tray a small black bowl with popcorn is placed.

What’s your home set up?

If you’re short on cupboard space but love to entertain, stemless wine glasses can be a great option. RIEDEL offers three stemless collections – O Wine Tumbler, SL RIEDEL Stemless Wings, and Swirl  – which each have a distinct style while providing an optimum wine experience.

Stemless tumblers are also very versatile. They work well for water, juice or cocktails, and are a fuss-free choice if you either have a small or older dishwasher… or you are the dishwasher!

If you don’t like stemless wine glasses, take a look at our Ouverture collection. These functional pieces have shorter stems, are elegant enough to impress guests, and practical for your #WineWednesday glass of red or white.

And for that custom-built glassware cabinet, taking up pride of place in your dining room? There’s nothing more striking than a high-stemmed collection like RIEDEL Max or RIEDEL High Performance , the latter of which comes with colored stem options for a real wow factor both on and off the table.

In a room with dark walls, a RIEDEL Winewings Riesling glass filled with white wine and an unfilled Cornetto Confetti Decanter orange stand on a black book placed at the front of a set table.

What’s your style?

Now it’s time for the fun part: picking the style of glass you want!

Whether you prefer classic collections like Vinum or the new ground-breaking RIEDEL Winewings , there is a RIEDEL glass for every wine lover, spirit aficionado, and champagne connoisseur across a range of price points.

In love with colored stemware? Explore the RIEDEL world of color.

Does our optic effect enchant you? Take a look at RIEDEL Performance or RIEDEL Fatto a Mano Performance.

You can even shop by your wine drinking style: read our guide!