LINE INTRODUCED IN 1958

SOMMELIERS

THE ORIGINAL WINE-FRIENDLY GLASS COLLECTION

The collection that changed glassware forever: Sommeliers was the world’s first wine glass collection featuring shapes designed specifically for wine enjoyment.

This design revolution was created by 9th generation Claus J. Riedel in 1958, who perfected glass design to its essence: bowl, stem and base. Thin-blown and unadorned, Claus was the first in history to recognize the effect of shapes on the perception of alcoholic beverages. His work has influenced and changed the appearance of stemware forever. 

Claus J. Riedel worked with experienced tasters and discovered that wine enjoyed from specifically designed glasses showed more depth and better balance than when served in generic glasses. He designed each glass to adhere to the Bauhaus design principle of form follows function, tailoring its shape to the characteristics of the wines it was designed for.

The creation of Sommeliers signalled the beginning of RIEDEL's dominance of the global wine glass market. The glass collection covers a variety of different shapes for wines, champagne, and spirits.

Sommeliers is handmade in lead-free crystal glass, and sold in a single piece. All RIEDEL glassware is dishwasher safe.

RIEDEL Sommeliers Burgundy Grand Cru

LASER CUT RIM

Quality wine glasses feature a laser-cut, polished rim to direct the flow of wine.

QUALITY CRYSTAL

Break-resistant high-quality crystal ensures perfect clarity, which is essential to see the exact colour of wine.

Groundbreaking bowl shapes

RIEDEL’s grape varietal specific glassware features finely tuned bowls based on three variables – shape, size and rim diameter – to help translate the "message" of wine to our senses.

seamless stem

The stem is one of the components that make up the architecture of the glass, exactly sized to create elegance and balance.

Base with Handmade Logo

Perfectly portioned handmade base offers greater stability and breakage resistance,. Only genuine products carry the cursive Riedel trademark to symbolise handmade production.