In early 1992, a panel of Scotch whisky experts convened at
Riedel's headquarters in Austria to test a range of nineteen
different glass shapes. On the basis of this first selection, Georg
Riedel undertook further research with the help of master
distillers in Scotland. This research resulted in a glass that is
an elongated thistle shape on a truncated stem. The design
incorporates a small, slightly outturned lip which directs the
spirit onto the tip of the tongue, where sweetness is perceived,
and serves to emphasize the elegant creaminess of top quality
single malt whisky.
Vinum (1986) became the first machine-made glass in history to be based on the characteristics of grape varietal. Vinum was not developed on a drawing board, but in tasting work shops based on the performance where the content commands the shape. The pleasure of enjoying fine wine starts with the right glass. Vinum is executed in lead crystal, machine blown in Bavaria, Germany.