Georg Riedel

Lifetime Achievements 2002
Kufstein, Austria

The Riedel family has been in the glass business for 300 years, with 11 generations keeping the family business intact. The Riedel story begins in 1678 in the northern part of Bohemia, bordering Schlesia – today the Czech republic and Poland respectively. This part of Bohemia was a German speaking enclave known as the Sudetenland.

Georg Josef Riedel born 1949 joined the family business in 1973. Under his direction, the Riedel firm evolved into a world wide operating company. Georg founded a network of Riedel-owned subsidiaries, starting in 1979 by opening Riedel USA and continuing the expansions to Canada in 1992, Germany 1996, Japan 2000, UK 2001, and in 2006 he founded Riedel Development, specializing on private label offers.

In 2004, Georg bought the German-based companies Nachtmann and Spiegelau, operating the three brands (Riedel, Nachtmann, Spiegelau) under “Riedel Glass Works” one of the largest producers of quality glass in Europe. Starting in 1987 with the support of winemaker friends like Angelo Gaja, Christian Moueix, Robert Mondavi and the endorsment of wine publications such as Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, the Wine Spectator, Decanter Magazine and many others Georg was fortunate to lift “his Riedel glasses” onto the tables of the wine world. Under his leadership, Riedel became the world’s leading wine glass company.

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