Introducing

RIEDEL Winewings

A Striking Wine Glass Collection by Georg Riedel

Georg Riedel, in his long career, has shaped many functional glasses; all specifically designed to enhance the enjoyment of the liquid it is created for. Georg, as the creator of varietal specific wine glasses strongly believes that finely tuned glass shape enhances the perception of all aromatic beverages.

In the summer of 2018, Georg was asked by a customer to create ‘the ultimate glass’ for Cabernet Sauvignon; a project which was to provide the inspiration behind RIEDEL Winewings.

Slowly, a new shape emerged; flat-bottomed, wide and reminiscent of the wing of an aircraft, complete with winglets. Over the course of a year, through many tastings and by making changes to shape, size and rim diameter; what began as one glass for one grape varietal, developed into seven different glasses, all on a theme, to represent the most popular grape varietals.

RIEDEL WINEWINGS WAS BORN AND WAS ABOUT TO TAKE FLIGHT!

Explaining the concept of RIEDEL Winewings, we chose a flat and stretched bottom, with a wing-like shape to increase the surface area the wine is exposed to, which increases the levels of evaporation and enables a greater intensity of aroma. When positioning ones head to the glass, the nose is closer and is exposed to the wider surface of the wine. Though this alone would not fully deliver the optimal aroma of each grape variety and so, to capture the delicate layered aromas, it was necessary to curve the glass walls and to correctly calibrate the opening of each glass with its rim diameter.

RIEDEL Winewings has seven glasses in total. Three for red wines, three for white and one for Champagne and sparkling wines. We are dealing with the three classic and most significant white varietals – Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc and each feature different flavours and even a different mouthfeel, which we believe requires a different glass shape for each in order to truly appreciate their unique characteristics.

When it comes to red wines, the glass designs are based on the grape varietal and its attributes and, on the impact the skin makes on the wine, all red wines can be categorised into either mild, medium or powerful intensity. To enhance the enjoyment of those profiles, we suggest three different glass shapes;

MILD: Pinot Noir,
MEDIUM: Syrah,
POWERFUL: Cabernet Sauvignon.

And, finally, for Champagne and Sparkling Wines; the glass elevates the
delicate aromas of sweet, toasted bread and enables a sensual mouthfeel,
with tiny bubbles expressing a lively, yet creamy texture on the palate.
This is a ‘must-have’ glass!

RIEDEL Winewings is a glass collection which is perhaps not the most aesthetically beautiful but is striking in its design and is brutally functional, taking the wines aromas and flavours ‘on a flight.

Concept of Riedel Winewings

We chose a flat and stretched bottom, with a wing-like shape to increase the surface area between wine and air, which increases the levels of evaporation and develops a greater intensity of aroma. When positioning one’s head to the glass, the nose is closer and is exposed to the wider surface of the wine. However, this alone would not fully deliver the optimal aroma of each grape variety and so, to capture the delicate layered aromas, it was necessary to curve the glass walls and to correctly calibrate the opening of each glass with its ideal rim diameter.

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FINE RIM

laser cut, polished rim essential
to direct the flow of wine

SENSORY WORKSHOP

The first third of the Riedel Winewings
bowl is based on Riedel´s traditional
egg-shape form, which has proven
it´s functionality through many workshops
with the wine industry.

THE CURVE

Creates a balance between the bowl of
the glass and it’s rim diameter, in order
to optimise the wine’s flavours and aromas.

FLAT BOTTOM

Maximises surface area for better wine
aeriation and intensifies the wine aromas.

SEAMLESS STEM

Smooth, elongated stem which perfectly
connects the large base with the
generous bowl

DISHWASHER PROOF

GRAPE VARIETAL SPECIFIC DECLARATION ON THE BASE

Why so Many Different Glass sizes?

Some Only Offer One Glass for All!

Grape varietal specific glasses are complex. However, that complexity also rewards when tasting and enjoying wine. Sceptics are encouraged to try their favorite wine from the correct Grape Varietal Specific glass and from a generic wine glass. According to Riedel, “the satisfaction derived from the specific glass will certainly make you believe you drink the better wine”.

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White Wine Glasses

Georg Riedel explains: “We are dealing with the three classic and most significant white varietals and each features different flavors and even a different mouthfeel, which we believe requires a different glass shape for each in order to truly appreciate their unique characteristics”.

  • Chardonnay – classic aromas of fresh yellow fruits and rich, buttery flavors when aged in oak barrels having undergone malolactic fermentation.
  • Riesling – powerful floral aromas, crisp with acidity and a touch of sweetness (no new oak, no malolactic fermentation).
  • Sauvignon Blanc – herbaceous notes, aromas of citrus, high acidity and minerality.
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Red Wine Glasses

At Riedel, red wine glass design is based on the grape varietal and its attributes and, based on the impact the skin makes on the wine, all red wines’ intensity can be categorized as either mild, medium or powerful. To enhance the enjoyment of those profiles, we suggest three different glass shapes:

  • Mild; Pinot Noir – fruit forward, light to medium bodied, high perceived acidity and low tannins.
  • Medium; Syrah – earthy, toasty elements and smooth tannins
  • Powerful; Cabernet Sauvignon – Aromas of blackcurrant, full bodied and with high levels of tannin.

Red wine glasses from Riedel must harness the intense flavors and aim to harmonize them, while balancing these flavors with other, more powerful elements, in order to demonstrate each wine’s complexity first and foremost.

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Champagne and Sparkling Wine

The Champagne glass in the RIEDEL Winewings collection is a true loudspeaker for this prestigious wine, which is made from Pinot Noir and/or Chardonnay grapes. With Champagne a second fermentation is triggered in the bottle by adding a fine, measured quantity of yeast and sugar to the still wine. Over time and under pressure, fine bubbles are created by this process.

The glass elevates the delicate aromas of sweet, toasted bread and enables a sensual mouthfeel, with the tiny bubbles expressing a lively, yet creamy texture of the palate. The rich taste is enhanced by low levels of residual sugar, allowing a long lasting and delicious expression.

Riedel Winewings is a glass collection which is perhaps not the most aesthetically beautiful but is striking in its design and is inherently functional, helping wines’ aromas and flavors take flight.