Introduced in 2020, Riedel Winewings is a stunning new collection by Georg Riedel. Georg’s swansong series is the culmination of 47 years working in the family business, designing products to enhance the enjoyment of beverages on the way to becoming the father of functional glassware. Asked by a customer in 2018 to create the ultimate glass for Cabernet Sauvignon, the following 12 months consisted of many tastings and changes to glass shape, size and rim diameter until Riedel Winewings literally took flight. Flat-bottomed and reminiscent of an aircraft wing, complete with winglets, Riedel Winewings is described by Georg as “brutally functional, taking the wine’s aromas and flavours on a flight.”
Ideal for the true wine connoisseur, Riedel Winewings glasses emphasise the minerality of the wine, perfect for the wine drinker who prefers wines with depth and complexity.
Describing the reasoning behind this brutally functional design, Georg says “I chose a flat and stretched bottom with a wing-like shape as it increases the surface area of the wine exposed to oxygen. This leads to greater levels of evaporation and enables a greater intensity of aroma. When positioning one’s head to the glass, the nose is closer to the exposed and wider surface of the wine. This alone would not fully deliver the optimal aroma of each grape variety so, to capture the delicate layered aromas, it was necessary to curve the glass walls and to correctly calibrate the opening of each glass with its rim diameter.”