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“Very interesting seeing production”
Review of Riedel Glas

Riedel Glas
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Kufstein
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: TO GIVE SOMEONE THE MOST SPECIAL GIFT THAT TYROL HAS TO OFFER, THERE IS ONLY ONE SOURCE: THE RIEDEL FACTORY IN KUFSTEIN! From such a short distance off the highway, a traveler and wine connoisseur can truly experience the unique world of wine glass production at the Riedel factory. The glass factory allows an inside look at the glass making process and how the glassware is diligently mouth blown and hand made. To experience the different senses, Riedel offers “Sinnfonie”,­ an adventure of sensual perception. Visitors also have the opportunity to buy the world’s famous grape varietal specific stemware and prestigious decanters directly from Riedel at the onsite 300 qm shop. Every customer will get their own individual consultation where our experts will highlight the Riedel glass philosophy and answer the important question of, ”Which is the right glass for my wine?” Seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, tasting. Come and see how our glassmakers create a SINNFONIE from the versatile material of glass. There has been no change in the composition of glass for over 4000 years. It still contains the naturally occurring ­basic materials of quartz, lime and alkalis which are heated­ up to a temperature of 1000 degree celsius to make them liquid and malleable. “Only” 2000 years have passed since the glass blowpipe was used in ancient Rome for the first time. This made it possible to blow glass into different shapes. At our factory in Kufstein our glassblowers still use this ancient­ mouth-blowing method with great care and pre­cision to create the world-famous handcrafted Riedel glasses.­ Claus J. Riedel was the first person in the long history of the glass to design its shape according to the character of the wine. He is thus the inventor of the functional wineglass. A positive approach to life is linked to pleasure and enjoyment. Enjoyment is conveyed by our senses, and this is the theme of our multimedia show entitled SINNFONIE.Why not share our enjoyment in our SINNFONIE? Let‘s set off together on a journey through the world of glass and the senses. We are looking forward to your visit. Welcome to Riedel!
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“Very interesting seeing production”
Reviewed September 23, 2011

We chose to visit the factory during our holiday as it was a wet day. A very warm environment if you need to dry out! It was good to watch the glass items being produced from the viewing platform above the factory floor. A previous reviewer has said that the 'recorded tour' was only available in German but it was also in English when we were there. We didn't buy anything in the factory shop as it was quite expensive and we thought it would be a nightmare to carry home.

Visited September 2011
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Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Worth going to”
Reviewed October 20, 2010

The Riedel Glass Factory has a factory tour and store, which the Lonely Planet doesn't bother to tell you. The factory tour can be taken at any time from 9 - 5. It starts with a creative introduction discussing the various senses and how they relate to wine and the glass. The biggest drawback here is that it is only in German - would be helpful to somehow be translated into English through an audio guide or something. Then you go and watch the glass makers blow and shape the glass. It is fascinating and you can stay as long as you like. There is a big store that you can then go and buy the full range of Riedel products at pretty reasonable prices. If you're in Kufstein, it is definitely one of their nicest attractions.

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San Francisco Bay Area, California
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“A highlight of Kufstein”
Reviewed September 8, 2009

Riedel glassware is well-known to wine buffs, and the top-of-the-line Riedel wine glasses are hand-blown here. There's a cat-walk over the factory floor where you can watch craftsmen blow the glass. There's no tour as such, you just watch the workers until you get too hot or tired.

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Thomasville, Georgia
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“You'll view wine glasses in a different way!”
Reviewed June 1, 2008

I made a trip to Kufstein with the sole intention of checking out the Riedel Glas company. A friend of mine collected Riedel crystal, and that is how I heard about it. The place is relatively small. While there, you can go on a tour and see how the crystal is made. The glasses and other crystal pieces are mouth-blown. It's just amazing to me how someone can blow glass and make such perfect and such fragile items.

The Riedels were the first glassmakers to realize that the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of wines are affected by the shape of their glass. They have been making crystal for 300 years and through 11 generations of Riedels.

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