Riedel (glass manufacturer)

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Riedel (pronounced REE-dəl),Crystal is a glassware manufacturer based in Kufstein, Austria, best known for its glassware designed to enhance different types of wines. Established in Bohemia in 1756, the company is managed by Georg Riedel and Maximilian Riedel.


In 1756 Johann Cristoph Riedel founded a glass factory in Polaun, Bohemia. After WWII the factory was expropriated, and after a 12-year hiatus from glass production 9th generation glassworker Professor Claus Josef Riedel resumed production in Kufstein, Austria, and focused on high quality wine glasses.

In 1958 Riedel Burgundy Grand Cru glass was introduced as the first varietal-specific wine glass. Riedel’s Sommeliers Series was first released in 1973 as the world’s first gourmet glass.

In 1973, 10th generation Riedel family member Georg J Riedel founded the Glass Workshop, which worked with leading winemakers such as Robert Mondavi and Angelo Gaja among others.[1]

As Georg Riedel’s Glass Workshop expanded its work with winemakers and beverage experts, Riedel’s profile in the wine culture increased, gaining support not only from winemakers, but from sommeliers and wine critics, including the influential Robert M. Parker, who praised Riedel glassware in The Wine Advocate.[2]

In 1986, the machine-made Vinum Series was released as an affordable alternative to the Sommeliers Series.[3]

Today, Riedel is managed by Georg and his son Maximilian J Riedel

Product designs[edit]

New Glassware Designs, 2000-Present[edit]

  • (2000) Vinum Extreme
  • (2003) Sommeliers Blind Tasting Glass
  • (2004) O
  • (2006) Grape
  • (2007) Vitis
  • (2008) Sommeliers Black Tie
  • (2008) Bar
  • (2009) Vinum XL
  • (2010) Riedel Bar
  • (2010) Swirl
  • (2013) Sommeliers Black Series, Collector’s Edition
  • (2014) COCA-COLA + RIEDEL Glass
  • (2014) Veritas
  • (2014) Big O

New Decanter Designs 2001-Present[edit]

  • (2001) Pomerol Magnum
  • (2001) St. Emilion Magnum
  • (2003) Cornetto Magnum
  • (2003) Cornetto Single
  • (2004) Cornetto Black Tie
  • (2004) Vinum Extreme
  • (2004) Cabernet
  • (2004) Merlot
  • (2004) Mini
  • (2004) Cabernet Magnum
  • (2005) O Magnum
  • (2006) Amadeo
  • (2006) Amadeo Black Tie
  • (2006) O Single
  • (2007) Tyrol
  • (2007) Syrah
  • (2008) Paloma
  • (2008) Flamingo
  • (2008) Swan
  • (2009) Black Tie Amadeo
  • (2009) Eve
  • (2009) Black Tie Face to Face
  • (2009) Black Tie
  • (2010) Black Tie Smile
  • (2010) Black Tie Touch
  • (2010) Black Tie Bliss
  • (2010) Swirl
  • (2011) Mamba
  • (2011) Flirt
  • (2011) Curly
  • (2012) Water Carafe
  • (2011) Escargot
  • (2012) Twenty Twelve
  • (2013) Black Tie Champagne Cooler
  • (2013) Boa
  • (2014) Apple and Big Apple
  • (2014) Horse
  • (2014) Horn

Corporate partnerships[edit]

Celebrity Cruises[edit]

Celebrity Cruises partnered with Riedel Crystal in 2007 to offer Riedel wine glass comparative workshops at sea. The tastings use Riedel’s Vinum Series.[4]


Riedel and Lindt entered into a global, reciprocal partnership in 2013 to promote wine glass tasting and chocolate pairing.[5]

The James Beard Foundation[edit]

In 2014, The James Beard Foundation named Riedel as the culinary organization’s exclusive glassware brand purveyor for its New York headquarters, The James Beard House.


Riedel and Miele created a mutual partnership in 2011 based on exclusive recommendations of each other’s brands.[6]

Miner Family Winery[edit]

In 2013, Riedel named Napa Valley’s Miner Family Winery as the proprietary wine served at Riedel’s comparative glassware tasting events. The partnership comprises tastings conducted by Riedel Crystal throughout the US, as well as third-party tastings.

Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti[edit]

Istituto Veneto founded the Riedel Award in 2014 as part of its Glass in Venice prize program. Artists and designers under 30 from across the globe present a design relating to one or more glass-working techniques to a jury of experts and trade professionals including Georg J Riedel.


In partnership with Coca-Cola, Riedel developed the COCA-COLA + RIEDEL GLASS, Riedel’s first glass developed for a nonalcoholic beverage. It was introduced in January 2014.[7]

Worldwide recognition[edit]

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art[edit]

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibited 16 pieces of Riedel glassware in its 2011 How Art Became Modern exhibit, exploring the visual culture of wine and its transformation over the last three decades. [8]

Awards and recognition[edit]


Riedel’s Ultra Decanter: Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfahlen (Design-Innovationen).


O Thumbs Up decanter and O Stemless Tasting Glass: Good Design Award (Presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design).


Vitis: Good Design Award (Presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design).


Swan Decanter: Good Design Award (Presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design).


Swan decanter: Red Dot Design Award. Vitis Pinot Noir glass: Wine Magazine’s White Star Award


Mamba decanter: Good Design Award (Presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design).


Pratt Institute Legacy Award In 2012, New York’s Pratt Institute awarded Maximilian J Riedel its 125th Anniversary Pratt Legend Award for his ingenuity and leadership of Riedel glassware. Maximilian had held a glassware design class at Pratt and a glassmaking workshop experience with Riedel subsidiary Nachtmann. Two Pratt students’ designs were selected by Nachtmann for development, and continue to be sold by Riedel’s distributors.[9]

Television and film appearances[edit]

Riedel glasses appeared in Gossip Girl‍ '​s “The Townie” episode (Season 4, Episode 11) in a scene where Blair explains to Dan that one must wash Riedel glasses with L'Occitane shampoo.[10]

Riedel’s Amadeo decanter appeared with Robert Downey Jr. in the 2012 film The Avengers.[11]

Riedel’s Swan and Paloma decanters appeared in The Real Housewives of New York City season 3, episode 10.

Maximilian J Riedel appeared in season 1, episode 11 of PBSVine Talk, "Scruntinizing Shiraz From Australia".[12]

Riedel was thanked for its participation in Charlie Kaufman’s 2008 postmodern drama film Synecdoche, New York.[13]


In 2004, Gourmet magazine reported that "Studies at major research centers in Europe and the U.S. suggest that Riedel’s claims are, scientifically, nonsense." The article cites further evidence from Yale researcher Linda Bartoshuk, saying that the "tongue map," claimed by Riedel as an important part of their research, does not exist. According to Bartoshuk, “Your brain doesn’t care where taste is coming from in your mouth ... And researchers have known this for thirty years.”[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1], Foodista.
  2. ^ [2], Wine Enthusiast.
  3. ^ [3] By Jim Lapsley,
  4. ^ [4].
  5. ^ [5].
  6. ^ [6].
  7. ^ [7].
  8. ^ [8].
  9. ^ [9], Pratt Legacy Award.
  10. ^ [10], Gossip Girl.
  11. ^ [11], IMDB.
  12. ^ [12], Vine Talk.
  13. ^ [13], IMDB.
  14. ^ Gourmet: Shattered Myths By Daniel Zwerdling, Gourmet Magazine, August 2004

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