Georg Riedel, in his long career, has become the preeminent creator of varietal specific wine glasses. He strongly believes that a finely tuned glass shape enhances the perception of all wines. Georg's father, Claus J. Riedel was the ninth generation of an Austrian glassmaking family, born in 1925. He joined the family business when they were rebuilding their legacy after their home and factories were confiscated by the Czechoslovakians during the second World War. When Claus took over the business from his father, the RIEDEL brand was known for the thick, coloured, and cut-glass products that were in fashion. But Claus was determined to be a leader in his field, not a follower, and in the 1950s he made an incredible discovery. In a comparative tasting of the same wine from a number of different glasses, he realised that the shape and size of the glass had a dramatic impact on how he perceived the wine’s aroma and flavour. Certain glasses showed a more accurate picture of certain wines, demonstrating more depth and better balance. This breakthrough led to the design of his award-winning series, Sommeliers, in 1973. This collection altered the industry, introducing clear and undecorated wine glass shapes with long stems. We are proud to have a selection of our top picks!