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Maximilian Riedel

On a trip to his hometown, the glassmaker gets a rare chance to work alongside his father

Maximilian Riedel

July 03 2011
Maximilian Riedel

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I arrive in Munich this morning, following a delayed flight, only to find that my luggage has not arrived aboard the plane. I am informed that as a Lufthansa HON member they will ship it to arrive tonight at my home in Kufstein, Austria. Discouraged by the luggage mix-up, I quickly make my way to Kufstein for a visit to my factory before the weekend.

At the Riedel Austria headquarters, I join a managers’ conference, where I get to work alongside my father, who heads Riedel’s European business. Too rarely do I get to work directly alongside him, and I cherish times like these when I am able to take advantage of his wisdom and experience.

After catching up on activities and business affairs at the factory, I return to my apartment in Kufstein for a shower and a quick bite. At the end of a long day of travelling and work, I’m frustrated to have yogurt spill all over a new Gucci jacket, ruining it as I open the refrigerator.

Tonight I am scheduled to dine with Riedel management at the Gasthof Stanglwirt, the most beautiful and well-known hotel in Tirol. I’m eager to open the two magnums I have brought for the occasion: Château Lynch-Bages 1985, the first Wine Spectator wine of the year, followed by a 1990 Château Margaux.

I return to my apartment following dinner and plan out the next week: I will first spend two days at the headquarters for Spiegelau, a subsidiary of Riedel in the Bavarian woods, where I will be apprised of potential new products and other business matters. After that, I will lead a tasting of rosé wines in France before heading to the south for vacation.

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