The Riedel history reads like a historical fantasy novel. From the first Riedel glass merchant, who traveled around Europe in the 1600s, to the eleventh generation artisans who took up the company reins in 2013, the Bohemian glassmaking family weathered political upheaval and personal drama while continuing to create innovative glassware. Riedel is credited with the first lines of glassware devoted specifically to wine, and continues to be a world leader in stylish, functional glasses.