Riedel 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.
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.
In 1986, the machine-made Vinum Series was released as an affordable alternative to the Sommeliers Series.
Today, Riedel is managed by Georg and his son Maximilian J Riedel