National Wine Day

Indulging in a glass of wine is an experience that transcends mere consumption. From the very moment a wine bottle is uncorked, the process of savouring the liquid elixir becomes a sensory journey.


In this blog, we delve into the fascinating world of crystal wine glasses. We will explore their origins, the various types that exist, and the rationale behind their creation. Additionally, we will embark on a historical voyage through the evolution of winemaking, from traditional methods to modern techniques that have elevated wine to the level of art.

The Origins of Crystal Wine Glasses

To truly appreciate crystal wine glasses, it is essential to understand their origins. Crystal glassware dates back centuries, with its origins deeply intertwined with the history of glassmaking. The techniques for creating crystal glassware have evolved over time, resulting in the stunning craftsmanship we witness today.

The term “crystal” itself refers to a type of glass that contains a certain percentage of lead oxide. This addition of lead provides crystal with its distinctive brilliance and clarity, elevating it beyond ordinary glassware. Lead crystal also possesses a unique resonance when gently tapped, producing a melodious chime.

However, in more modern times the industry is slowly moving away from lead oxide and opting for a more crystalline composed glass. Lead was originally used because it was needed to remove any impurities, however due to modern, advanced and cleaner manufacturing the lead is no longer needed. Other metals such as Barium are still added, however, to get the clarity that the lead crystal had previously delivered, which still allows more premium crystal to be called crystal.

The choice of a red wine glass has a lot to do with mitigating the bitterness of tannin or spicy flavours to deliver a smoother tasting wine. red wines tend to taste smoother from a glass with a wide opening. Of course, the distance to the actual fluid affects what you smell. As a general rule of thumb — a wider opening de-emphasises overpowering aromas; a narrower opening concentrates subtler ones

Bordeaux Wine Glasses

Bordeaux wine glasses feature a tall and broad bowl with a larger opening. These glasses are designed to enhance the complex aromas and flavours of robust red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The ample bowl allows for greater oxidation, releasing the wine’s bouquet and accentuating its full-bodied nature. The tall shape allows the wine to flow onto the centre of the tongue smoothly.

Burgundy Wine Glasses

Burgundy wine glasses have a wide bowl and slightly tapered rim. Ideal for delicate and aromatic red wines like Pinot Noir, these glasses enhance the bouquet while directing the wine towards the tip of the tongue, emphasizing its smoothness and elegance. Because of this, a larger surface area is apparent, allowing for a more significant amount of oxygen to contact the wine.

White Wine Glasses

White wine glasses have smaller, more upright bowls compared to their red wine counterparts. This design preserves the wine’s cooler temperature and concentrates its aromas.

Full-bodied white wines like Chardonnay

For times when you feel like something a little more intense like a Chardonnay, Viognier or a White Burgundy, use a rounder bowl wine glass which allows for a bigger surface area to be created. They usually have a wider opening so the wine can aerate at its widest point

Light -bodied white wines like Sauvignon Blanc

Most lighter bodied white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or sweet Riesling have more subtle flavours and aromas; a narrower glass helps direct them more towards the nose. The narrower opening helps to deliver the wine to the front and sides of the tongue, accentuating its acidity and freshness.

Champagne Coupes

Champagne coupes, also known as Champagne saucers, were the original glasses specifically designed for serving our favourite effervescent wine. They were popularised in England in the early 1800s and are one of the oldest styles of Champagne glassware. Designed to be uniquely stylish and give a fabulous way to enjoy champagne, prosecco and sparkling cocktails, these saucers bring a touch of vintage style to any dinner table or special occasion. 

Champagne Flutes


Champagne flutes are known for their tall, slender design with a narrow bowl. The elongated shape allows the bubbles to rise gracefully, maintaining the effervescence of the sparkling wine. The small surface area at the top preserves the wine’s carbonation and concentrates the delicate aromas, resulting in a truly celebratory experience.


Prosecco Flutes

Although similar to Champagne Flutes, Prosecco has become a very popular drink, so we think it deserves its own special mention on the wine glasses list. Unlike a traditional flute, a Prosecco glass is made with a slightly rounder body to enhance the texture and aromas in this famous sparkling wine. Narrow Champagne flutes are designed to minimize the wine’s actual surface area, so your bubbles have less room to fizzle out; Prosecco glasses allow you to watch the bubbles race from the bottom to the top.



Wine Tasting glasses

Wine Tastings are perfect for opportunities to discover new wines, acquire new knowledge and develop new favourites. One thing that has remained the same, however, is the size and the shape of the glass you should use for wine tasting. ISO Style Wine Tastings Glasses are designed to give a standardised assessment for all types of wine and are suitable for home and professional use. You will find our wine tasting crystal glasses are ISO compliant and therefore comply to international wine tasting standards, including AFNOR. The rounded bowl and narrow sides of the glasses facilitate effortless swirling of the wine, allowing you to fully appreciate its aromas and flavours without the worry of any spillage. It is recommended to fill the glass up between a quarter and a third full for optimal tasting. These glasses are also perfect for fortified wines like Port, Sherry or Dessert wine so it is definitely a must in your cupboard.







All-round / Universal Wine Glasses

A universal all-round glass would be ideal for those who love any wine – red, white or Rosé.  Also perfect if you are buying these glasses as a gift but not sure of your recipient’s wine preference. If you are buying for yourself, these are also an excellent choice if you are just looking to save space in the kitchen cupboards and don’t require all the varying shapes.








Stemless Wine Glasses

In recent years, stemless wine glasses have gained popularity as a modern and versatile alternative to traditional stemmed glasses. Stemless wine glasses offer a contemporary and casual aesthetic feel while still maintaining functionality. These glasses are favoured for their stability and ease of handling, making them ideal for outdoor gatherings, picnics, and informal occasions. While they may not quite have the elegance and traditional charm of stemmed glasses, stemless wine glasses provide a practical option that allows the wine to breathe and showcases its vibrant colours. They are particularly well-suited for younger and fruit-forward wines, as well as for those who prefer a more relaxed wine-drinking experience.





One last but very important thing to remember

Decant, decant decant!!!

Decanting has numerous benefits; it separates sediment from the liquid and it helps to enhance the wine’s flavour by letting it oxidize and therefore allowing it to breathe

Our favourite lead-free crystal carafe has been specifically designed with a wide mouth which acts as a funnel as you decant your fine wine and its wide, flattened base provides a large, shallow surface for optimum aeration.

If possible, decant your mature wines at least an hour before you drink it. Just like decanting an older wine too vigorously can burn off its lighter characters (typically fruit and floral), decanting it too early can do the same.

A young wine will benefit from decanting at least a few hours prior to consumption




The Historical Evolution of Winemaking

Winemaking is an ancient craft that traces its roots back thousands of years. From the earliest civilizations to the present day, winemaking has undergone remarkable transformations, blending tradition with innovation.

Ancient Origins

The origins of winemaking can be traced back to ancient civilizations such as the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. These cultures discovered the process of fermenting grapes, transforming them into a divine elixir. Wine held great cultural and religious significance, often associated with deities and used in ceremonies.

Traditional Winemaking Techniques

In the past, winemaking relied on traditional methods that varied from region to region. Grapes were harvested by hand and then crushed using methods such as foot treading or pressing with primitive tools. The juice was then left to ferment naturally in large earthenware vessels or wooden barrels, utilizing the yeasts present on the grape skins.

Advancements in Winemaking

Over time, winemakers began to understand the importance of controlling fermentation conditions and improving the consistency and quality of their wines. This led to advancements such as the introduction of controlled yeast strains, temperature-controlled fermentation, and the use of stainless-steel tanks to prevent oxidation.


Modern Winemaking Techniques

Today, winemaking has become a precise and scientific art form. Modern wineries employ state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to ensure consistency and excellence. From stainless-steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation to the use of oak barrels for aging, winemakers meticulously monitor and adjust every stage of the winemaking process to achieve the desired flavours, aromas, and textures.


Crystal wine glasses, with their exquisite beauty and functional designs, enhance the appreciation of wine as a sensory experience. They represent the perfect marriage of artistry and science, elevating the nuances of each wine varietal. The evolution of winemaking, from ancient traditions to modern techniques, has allowed us to unlock the full potential of this age-old elixir. As we raise our crystal wine glasses, we celebrate the rich history and craftsmanship that have brought us to this moment of wine-filled bliss.

The Elegance of Crystal Wine Glasses: A Fusion of Art and Science