Professor Claus J. Riedel (9th generation) was the first designer in history to recognise that the taste of wine is affected by the shape of the glass from which it is consumed. He began experimenting to create stemware that would match and complement specific wines and spirits. In 1961, a revolutionary concept was born when Riedel introduced the first line of wine glasses in different shapes and sizes to match different grape varietals.

Claus identified what would become the most important quality of Riedel glassware: that the precise shape and angle of the bowl affected how the wine interacted with all of one’s senses, helping to paint a full “taste picture.”

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