Grape Varietal Specific vs Wine Friendly Glassware

Which one is right for you?

The world of wine can appear complex enough without adding in complicated glassware choices. But don’t sacrifice enjoyment because of terminology – find out the meaning of two key RIEDEL terms for functional glassware.

Why does shape matter?

 

In the 1950s, 9th generation Claus J. Riedel discovered that the shape and size of your drinking vessel has an impact on your perception of what’s within. Different shaped glasses brought different characteristics of wine and other beverages to the forefront while muting others.

Through rigorous testing and research, Claus developed a suite of glasses that brought balance and harmony to particular wine varieties. This now famous RIEDEL philosophy has revolutionized the wine industry, offering customers tried and tested products with optimal functionality for greater wine enjoyment.

To find out more about this, read our blog about Grape Varietal Specific glassware.

Grape Varietal Specific glassware

 

Woman leans on a large wine barrel with a RIEDEL Ouverture Double Magnum and a RIEDEL Ayam decanter both filled with red wine

Wine Friendly

Wine friendly glassware is designed to show optimum characteristics in wine, without catering to specific wine varieties. Wine friendly collections offer a streamlined offering of red wine, white wine, and champagne glasses.

These collections include functional, purposeful glasses that are ideal for those who prefer a more simplistic approach to wine enjoyment.

RIEDEL wine friendly collections include:

Good Design Award 2020 - RIEDEL Winewings

Grape Varietal Specific

Grape Varietal Specific glasses feature finely-tuned bowls consisting of three variables: shape, size and rim diameter, which are designed to translate the message of wine to the human senses.

These highly purposeful pieces work with wine’s DNA to present the perfect picture, balancing bouquet, texture, taste and flavor. Each shape has been engineered in a practical sensory workshop, testing shape against shape to ensure that the grape variety is presented in the most optimal way.

RIEDEL Grape Varietal Specific collections include: