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Riedel Glas since 1756 –
11 generations committed to craftsmanship
The tradition of the Riedel family as glassmakers is rich in stirring legends and incredible success stories. Economic crises and personal tragedies, but also an entrepreneurial spirit, artistic and technical talent and a constant penchant for innovation, all accompanied by a great love of glass, have shaped the destiny of the Riedel family.
In 1756 in Bohemia, then part of the Habsburg empire, Johann Leopold Riedel (third generation) set in train the history of this family dynasty which is to this day inextricably linked with glass.
New beginning in Kufstein
The modern age for the Riedel company started in 1946. Claus J. Riedel of the ninth generation of the Bohemian glass-making family escaped from a train carrying prisoners as it traversed the Brenner Pass. A dramatic turning point for both him and the family firm.
In 1956, with the support of the Tyrolean glass industrialist Swarovski, who knew the Riedel family from Bohemia, Claus Riedel joined forces with his father Walter, recently released from captivity as a POW in Russia, to take over the bankrupt “Tiroler Glasshütte”. Claus established himself as a designer in the following years and won numerous awards for his creations. In 1973, he created the ground-breaking innovation whose discovery was to restore the name of Riedel to the top tier of global glassmakers: the first wine-friendly, hand-crafted and hand-blown glasses. Known as sommeliers, these are now world famous. In 1986, his son Georg J. Riedel introduced a further innovation: The first machined range of glasses ever to be tailored to specific grape varieties – Vinum!
With Vinum, Riedel succeeded in making the functional wine glass philosophy developed by the company affordable, thereby also establishing its global renown. Vinum became the best selling range of glasses of all time!
There then followed in 2004 the presentation of the “O” glass range – a functional glass without a stem developed by Maximilian J. Riedel, a member of the 11th generation of the family who took the helm in July 2013.
In 2004, Riedel also acquired German glass company F.X. Nachtmann with its Nachtmann and Spiegelau brands. This laid the foundation for further growth. Riedel now has an export rate of 97% and is regarded as the undisputed world leader in the production of functional glasses.