All about RIEDEL

RIEDEL Crystal is a 300 year-old family owned company

... known for the creation and development of varietal-specific stemware. RIEDEL Crystal was the first in history to recognize that the taste and aroma of a beverage is affected by the shape of the vessel from which it is consumed, and has been recognized for its revolutionary designs complementing alcoholic beverages and other drinks.

Founded in 1756 and pioneering varietal-specific stemware since 1958, RIEDEL has become the brand of choice for wine connoisseurs and drink specialists, hospitality professionals and consumers globally.

RIEDEL glassware is distributed worldwide and can be found at all good retailers and fine dining destinations.

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Horizontal RIEDEL Veritas Cabernet glass


Grape varietal specific stemware has to translate the “message“ of wine to the human senses. It features finely-tuned glass bowls consisting of 3 variables: shape, size and rim diameter.



Is determined by three parts: Bowl – Stem – Base. The design (the architecture or construction) of a stemmed glass has to relate harmoniously in size, height and width.

The size of the bowl has to correspond and synchronize with the height of the stem and the width of the base. The relation of these measurements determines the seamless proportion of the three parts. Table top long term “classics” are composed by the magic “golden architectural formula”.

Early glass architecture around 1920 took the lead, spear headed by three Viennese architects (Loos, Hoffmann. Ertl). Claus Riedel’s designs from the late 1950‘s reestablished and took this concept further as well as influence from French and Irish classics; creating this eye pleasing “construction”.

"Message" of wine


Bouquet: Grape varietal specific stemware is responsible for delivering the quality and intensity of the wine’s aroma.

Texture: Grape varietal specific stemware highlightsthe exciting and diverse styles of "mouthfeel" in wine (watery, creamy, silky, velvety).

Taste: Grape varietal specific stemware creates a balanced interaction between the fruit, minerality, acidity and bitter components of a wine.

Flavor: Grape varietal specific stemware offers a pleasant, seamless, harmonious, and long lasting aftertaste.

White wine, rosé wine & red wine

Wine colours

The colours of the wine can vary strongly depending on age, concentration and winemaking techniques. The grapes and wines below often, but not always, exhibit the listed colours. Generally speaking, younger red wines tend to be violet and purple in colour, while more mature red wines tend to be a rich garnet colour.

White Wine

Grayish Yellow

Pinot Grigio

Greenish Yellow

Sauvignon Blanc

Pale Yellow

Colombard, Grüner Veltliner

Lemon Yellow

Riesling, Gewürztraminer

Light Gold

Chenin Blanc

Golden Yellow

Chardonnay, Viognier, Sémillion


Dessert wines

Brownish Yellow

Sherry, mature White Burgundy


Vin Santo, Tokaji


Malaga, Marsala

Rosé Wine

Onion Sky

Rosé Champagne


Rosé Syrah


Rosé Grenache, White Zinfandel

Red Wine


Aged Grenache

Brick Red

Mature Pinot Noir, aged Bordeaux


Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo


Young Pinot Noir, Tempranillo


Sangiovese, Zinfandel


Barbera, Amarone

Blackish Red

Shiraz, Vintage Port

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Taste of wine

Take a sip and keep it in your mouth. Pay attention to the wine’s initial impact, mouthfeel and finish. To intensify the tasting you can chew the wine (causing the tannins to emerge) or you can take in some air with your lips slightly open (causing sealed aromas to open up). Again, the aroma wheel can help you in identifying the wine’s aromas. Should you taste a series of wines, spit the samples out (this reduces the negative effect the alcohol has on your tasting abilities). To neutralize your palate you can simply drink some water. Do not eat any bread while tasting wine since this will significantly affect your sense of taste.



  • Glass hygiene: Serve beverages only in sparkling, clean, odorless glasses.
  • Temperature: Do not over-chill white wines and sparkling wines; serve red wines below room temperature.
  • Serving/glass: Maximum 3 to 5 oz/100 to 125 ml. Never over-pour the glass.
  • The ample, gracious glass volume offers great wines the room to breathe and to express the
    unique message of the aroma.



There are two reasons why we decant wines:

  1. Decant an older wine to separate it from its sediment.
  2. Decant a younger wine to increase aeration, revealing more complexity, and opening up aromas and flavors.

Learn more about decanting


Serving temperature

For your favourite wine

64°F 18°C

Great, full-bodied red wines

Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel


Great, full-bodied red wines

Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel

63°F 17°C

Full-bodied red wines

Syrah, Barbaresco, Vintage Port


Full-bodied red wines

Syrah, Barbaresco, Vintage Port

61°F 16°C

Great red wines

Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Rioja, Pinotage


Great red wines

Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Rioja, Pinotage

59°F 15°C

Medium-bodied red wines

Merlot, Chianti, Barbera


Medium-bodied red wines

Merlot, Chianti, Barbera

57°F 14°C

Full-bodied red wines

Sherry, Vin Santo, Port


Full-bodied red wines

Sherry, Vin Santo, Port

55°F 13°C

Light-bodied red wines

Beaujolais, Gamay, Cotes-du-Rhone, Dolcetto


Light-bodied red wines

Beaujolais, Gamay, Cotes-du-Rhone, Dolcetto

54°F 12°C

Full-bodied white wines

Burgundy, Chardonnay, Bordeaux


Full-bodied white wines

Burgundy, Chardonnay, Bordeaux

52°F 11°C

Medium-bodied white wines

Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Soave


Medium-bodied white wines

Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Soave

50°F 10°C

Rosé and light-bodied white wines

White Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio, Colombard


Rosé and light-bodied white wines

White Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio, Colombard

48°F 9°C

Sparkling wines

Vintage Champagne


Sparkling wines

Vintage Champagne

46°F 8°C

Dessert wines

Late harvest wine, Sauternes, Ice wine


Dessert wines

Late harvest wine, Sauternes, Ice wine

44°F 7°C

Basic sparkling wines

Prosecco, Cava, Lambrusco, Champagne


Basic sparkling wines

Prosecco, Cava, Lambrusco, Champagne

RIEDEL Winewings glass filled with red wine


Use stemmed glassware for fine dining and stemless for casual dining.

  • Plan to invest ($) in ONE glass as much as you spend on average on a bottle of wine.
  • When you choose a grape varietal specific RIEDEL glass, understand that it is built for a purpose and performs at its best with a specific type of wine.
  • A grape varietal specific RIEDEL glass is a wine tool = "the key to wine" and is designed to unlock the most elusive characteristics of a wine.


RIEDEL offers both "varietal specific" glasses for wine enthusiasts and "wine friendly" glasses for more casual wine drinkers.


The three most versatile shapes for red and white wines are the OUVERTURE Doublemagnum, OUVERTURE Magnum and the VINUM Riesling Grand Cru, but please remember: shape does matter for maximum intensityand total enjoyment of wine.

One glass is not ideal for all styles of wine; a wine’s bouquet, taste, balance and finish are all affected by the shape of the glass it is consumed from. A wine will display completely different characteristics when served in different glasses. These differences can be so great, that when the same wine is served in several different glasses, even experienced wine connoisseurs believe that they are tasting as many different wines as there are glasses.

RIEDEL has created shapes that specifically enhance a wine’s harmony and highlight its unique characteristics.

RIEDEL Trademark shown on the base of the glass

RIEDEL Trademark

The RIEDEL TRADEMARK dates from the Art Nouveau period at the end of the nineteenth century, and was used for RIEDEL glassware made in Bohemia from 1890 to 1925. In 1996, to commemorate RIEDEL’S 240th anniversary, we reintroduced this trademark for all our hand-made/hand-finished products.

The distinctive RIEDEL signature is now featured on the base of all hand-made/hand-finished products. This signature trademark helps our customers to distinguish immediately between hand-made products and those made by machine.

Our tradmark is guarantee for a genuine RIEDEL product with its world-famous quality in unsurepassed clarity. Recognise the year of production through our production year logo as shown below.

The RIEDEL glass globe lighted in red at the RIEDEL headquarter in Kufstein Austria.
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A Symbol of Timelessness

The Riedel Bell

A Crystal-Clear Sound

The glass pyramid has been erected in the factory’s inner courtyard to mark the company‘s 250th anniversary. It is intended as a symbol of eternity and a reminder to always look upwards, striving to reach the summit. It was built in 2006 by Georg J. Riedel, representing the 10th generation of the family.

In 2021, Riedel will be celebrating yet another anniversary - 265 years of the Austrian glass manufacturer who, in the last 60 years, has risen to become the world market leader for functional wine glassware.

Maximilian J. Riedel, representing the 11th generation of the family and head of the family-owned company, had a bell cast to mark this special anniversary and as a personal gift to his family with a symbolic character. Maximilian therefore designed the bell himself.

It bears the family motto - Stoke embers, don‘t tend ashes. "This motto has been true for many generations of my family and will continue to drive us in the future to always look forward and never to be simply happy with what we have achieved", explains Maximilian Riedel.

At its heart are the initials of the three last Riedel generations, the generations who, after the new start in Kufstein, shaped the Riedel philosophy - Claus J. Riedel (9th generation), the inventor and developer of the wine-friendly wine glass which created the basis for what Riedel stands for today: the functional wine glass attuned to the type of grape. Georg J. Riedel (10th generation) who, through his passion for wine, his tremendous knowledge of the interaction between form and function and his business acumen, built Riedel up into a global brand, and finally Maximilian J. Riedel himself, who has managed the company since 2013 with skill and tremendous international success.

"The bell also pays homage to a symbol that is very important to me personally", says Maximilian J. Riedel, explaining his decision to choose a bell.

On September 1, 1779, Johann Leopold Riedel, the forefather of the Riedel company history, installed a bell in Christiansthal (formerly Bohemia, now Czechia) with the wish that it would be given a home in its own church. This wish was granted one year later. From September 1780, the bell hung in a church built by Johann Leopold Riedel and was later smelted down.

Says Maximilian Riedel:

"Bells have a 5000-year history and have long been used to bring rhythm to our day - time to pause, and even time for new beginnings. I find this to be a wonderful symbol. My predecessors clearly saw it the same way. History repeats itself ..."

The bell was produced by the Grassmayr bell foundry in Innsbruck. It is a family-owned company that has been producing bells for 400 years.

The bell will hang in a bell tower built especially for it in the factory‘s inner courtyard. It will ring at midday each day.