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The Altitude Matters Decanter, A Homage To Riedel’s Home In Tyrol, Austria

30 Apr 2021

The brilliantly modern Altitude Matters Decanter presents a classic RIEDEL design with a new twist to celebrate the company’s 265-year jubilee.

The Riedel family’s glassmaking tradition dates back to 1756 in Bohemia. Over the first 200 years, they experienced economic miracles and periods of great success, but also weathered financial crises and experienced tragedies. In 1957, the Riedels found their new home in the heart of Europe, in Kufstein, Tyrol.

On the occasion of the RIEDEL 265-year anniversary, RIEDEL presents this new decanter as a homage to its home. The inside base of the decanter is sculpted in the shape of the Kaiser mountain range in Tyrol, which gradually emerges as the wine is poured. This stunning mountain range is only a short drive from RIEDEL’s head office and handmade factory.

Fittingly, Altitude Matters is an adaptation of the Tyrol decanter, created by Stefan Umdasch in 2009 to commemorate the family rebuilding their dynasty in Tyrol following WWII. Slightly smaller than the original, this new decanter's design makes it ideal for younger wines. As the wine hits the mountains at the base, it is splashed around and further aerated, which significantly reduces the decanting time. Its broad base allows it to sit comfortably on your table while the angled lip guarantees an easy pour.

The RIEDEL Altitude Matters Decanter is an extravagant piece that perfectly expresses the Riedel family’s deep connection with Tyrol. It is produced in high-quality crystal glass, and is handmade at the RIEDEL factory in Kufstein, Austria. It holds a single bottle of wine.

Altitude Matters can be purchased for RRP AU$1000 and will be available from May 2021 (Australia), from riedel.com and all good homewares retailers.

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