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The History of Stemless Wine Glasses

Over the past several years, stemless glasses have been very much in the limelight. You will find this sturdy glass appearing in many wine experts and enthusiasts’ homes and top restaurants, and it has certainly taken the glassware industry by storm. Of course, the on-going debate between stemless vs stemmed wine glass continues to this day. 

Where did it all begin?

History of Stemless Wine GlassesDespite the recent surge and demand for these glasses, they have been around for a long time, especially in Europe. They have been used for centuries and were previously known as either a ‘drinking vessel’ or ‘wine tumbler’. Countries such as Spain, Italy and France have used stemless glasses for years as a convenient way to serve wine and a variety of other drinks, including soft drinks, cocktails and water.

Overtime (and thanks to expert glass-makers), the wine glass and tumbler has adapted, known as the wine glass evolution. However, many wine experts feel that stemless glass is a ‘step back’ when we did not know that the shape and size of glass can contribute to the tasting and enjoyment of wine. On the other hand, some experts see the positive transformation of an ‘all-round tumbler’ to a widely used and loved wine accessory.

21st Century 

In the 21st-century stemless wine glasses are seen as a trendy addition to a glassware collection. Many contemporary bars and restaurants use stemless glasses as they are easy to store and are suitable for the dishwasher. This is ideal when serving a large number of wine thirsty customers. These glasses definitely attract a lot of attention and can be extremely useful if you are hosting a party or a big occasion. It also brings a new dimension to the tasting experience, different to that of a stemmed glass (or so it is argued).

They are available in various patterns and materials to suit your own personal style or an occasion. You can personalise your stemless wine glass for yourself or giving as a gift.

Interested in buying stemless wine glasses?

Browse a selection of stemless glasses from Riedel and Schott Zwiesel. If you would like any more information on buying stemless glasses, please feel free to contact us on 01903 786148.