Riedel, the Austrian crystal maker famous the world over for its functional stemware and precious handmade decanters, will be back in Milan once again at the upcoming edition of HOMI. The international show dedicated to the home and lifestyle, will take place at Rho Fair Centre from 15 to 18 September, where Riedel will be presenting its crystal masterpieces.
The most demanding wine lovers will have the chance to see Riedel’s most recent handmade products, such as the wine glasses with coloured stems for those who want to have a table with beauty, elegance, functionality, but also joy and liveliness.
The Fatto a Mano (Made by Hand) collection is – as its name says – made by hand at the historical glassworks in Kufstein, Austria. These glasses are true ‘precision tools’ for wine tasting, created as per the characteristics of the different grapes: light, elegant, perfectly balanced on their refined stems, slender and … coloured. This series uses an innovative and extraordinary production technology, which combines the most refined Venetian tradition of handmade glass – which can be seen in the coloured stems and bases – with an avant-garde machine-blowing technique for the upper part, the bowl.
The symbiosis of ‘yesterday’ and ‘today’ gives the final product the aesthetics of colours, with bowls that are specific for the different varieties of grapes, along with the charm that only artisan production can give.
There are six shapes dedicated to Cabernet, Old World Pinot Noir, Old World Syrah, Oaked Chardonnay, Riesling and Champagne, in black, blue, green, red, yellow and white.
There is also a special edition with a spiral black and white stem. This type of production requires the special skill of glassmakers. For this special collection, there are 12 different shapes: Bordeaux Grand Cru , Burgundy Grand Cru, Old World Pinot Noir, New World Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Old World Syrah, New World Shiraz, Oaked Chardonnay, Viognier/Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne. Each glass is packed separately in a gift box.
The most recent new products also include the Margaux, Macon and Marne decanters, with new shapes that provide a delicate decanting, ideal for mature red wines or young white wines.
“For this new decanter I took my inspiration from the most sough-after cognac and whisky bottles, some of which are more than 100 years old, which I found in one of the many ‘fine wine stores’ in London. I therefore re-interpreted the ideas that these bottles gave me and used them in the design of these new entries Margaux, Macon and Marne, in which shape and function come together in a perfect symbiosis,” said Maximilian J. Riedel about his new creations.
Margaux, Macon and Marne – la “M Collection” – take their names from the well-known French wine regions and, as with all Riedel decanters, are made by hand using fine crystal.