Maximilian J. Riedel

Maximilian J. Riedel
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'These machine-made glasses are indistinguishable from handmade ones'

Riedel launches the “largest, lightest and thinnest machine glass”, an innovation presented at ProWein 2023.

At one of the most important wine fairs in the world, ProWein, with 49,000 visitors from 141 countries, Riedel recently presented the new edition of the “Riedel Superleggero” series, which was launched in 2015 and is based on the “Sommeliers” series.


No deviations

Fifty years ago, his grandfather Prof. Claus J. Riedel made history with the first gourmet glass series that claimed to change the world of wine enjoyment for good.

Maximilian J. Riedel has pursued this goal in the same way and is now setting new standards with the machine-made series: “The new Riedel Superleggero series is a masterpiece of state-of-the-art technology. The Bordeaux Grand Cru glass is the largest, lightest and thinnest machine-made glass on the market today. The motivation to replace the original lies in the perfection of a machine-made glass compared to handmade. As Riedel glasses are finely tuned instruments that support wine enjoyment, we have to make sure that there is no variation in the design of the goblet and mouth rim diameter, as this is key to our varietal-specific philosophy”, Riedel explains. The glasses of the Superleggero series are available in eight different sizes.

New machine technology

The machine production of such a light and perfectly balanced series was not possible with existing technology, Riedel reveals. As a result, a machine technology was developed in-house that is capable of producing glasses to a quality indistinguishable from the handmade. According to Riedel, the design of the new base plates with a diameter of up to 106 mm sets a new technical standard.

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