Graffigna winery and glassmaker Riedel, in a joint venture, have announced the release of the world’s first glass created exclusively for Argentina’s iconic grape variety, Malbec.
The vessel became available just in time for the celebration of Malbec World Day, April 17.
Over the last year, the designers at Riedel worked closely with the Graffigna team, who shared their expertise in the Malbec variety, to develop a glass that would accurately display the quality and intensity of the aromas and properly balance the flavors inherent in Malbec wines, according to the company.
“When conceiving this glass for Malbec, the characteristics of the variety were profoundly considered,” said president Maximilian Riedel. “The concept was not born on a drawing board, but finely tuned by trial and error through a highly collaborative effort involving top experts and enthusiasts.”
Carefully selected proportions coupled with a narrow cut rim, are said to help to concentrate the aromas and direct the wine to the center of the tongue. According to the company, these features create a harmonious balance between the distinguishing qualities of Malbec wine: its smooth and sweet tannins, its bold fruit flavors and its medium acidity.
“The Graffigna Malbec Glass developed by Riedel improves the enjoyment of Malbec wines, enhancing the expressive attributes that have contributed to the progressive popularity of the grape in recent years,” said Franco D’Angelo, international brand manager of Graffigna.