The company RIEDEL is a family owned, 300 year-old crystal company known to be the inventor of varietal specific stemware. Riedel is the first company in history to recognize that the taste of a beverage is affected by the shape of the vessel from which it is consumed, and has been recognized for its revolutionary designs which complement primarily alcoholic beverages.
Grape varietal specific stemware features finely-tuned glass bowls consisting of 3 variables: shape, size and rim diameter; to translate the ‘message’ of wine to the human senses.
Over the years, Riedel has acquired scientific explanations as to why the shape of a glass influences the bouquet and taste of alcoholic beverages. In comparative tastings, the same wine displayed completely different characteristics when served in a variety of glasses. The differences were often so great that experienced connoisseurs were made to believe that they were tasting different wines.