10 Glass Facts to Get Clear On: Why Our Glasses Are Beautiful and Strong

We can’t help but use a cliché—we’re more than just a pretty face. There’s brawn behind our gorgeous glasses, and that gives you peace of mind. Made by artisans in Italy, our pieces combine elegance with technology to give you an amazing wine-drinking experience for every occasion.

Check out these fun facts and then find your Luigi Bormioli favorite:

1. Innovative Design

Yes, we’re about to invoke math: our stemware’s foot is crafted with anti-breakage geometry, a fancy way to say it’s flat and just the right dimension to give great stability. If your glass isn’t teetering, there’s less chance it will tumble and break.

2. More High-Tech Design

Hold our sturdy stem with confidence. You’ll see it’s a pulled-stem with no mold seams, and that makes it flexible for day-to-day handling. It’s also SON.hyx high-tech crystal glass—this innovative production method creates a totally transparent glass that’s sparkling and resistant to clouding. Our R&D department also developed the TITANIUM Reinforced process that hardens the stem and makes it resistant to abrasions. Why the stem? Tiny abrasions mean fragility, so by applying this patented nanotechnology we’re increasing the stem’s strength while retaining beautiful transparency and sparkle.

3. Science Doesn't Lie

You won't get any "funky" tastes with our gorgeous glasses. Science lesson alert: glass is an inert material and doesn't absorb the flavors of what it holds. So, you can sip and nibble upon our stemware, barware, serveware and specialty items with confidence. It's true: things just seem to taste better in glass—which also happens to be recyclable when the time comes.

4. Clarity and Consistency

We didn’t stop with the stem. Our proprietary SON.hyx formula creates crystal-clear glass, blown lead-free with no heavy metals. It allows the true color of your wine to show and best of all, it'll stay sparkling during use and washing—and that was tested with 4,000 industrial washing cycles. Bring on the household dishwasher!

5. The Nose Knows

All your senses are involved in enjoying wine, and our glasses are developed to enhance your wine-drinking experience. Each stemglass has the correct balance between the bowl and the stem for smooth swirling to release aromas to the fullest. Our long, thin stem helps avoid contact between the hand and the bowl to keep wine at the optimal temperature, and that allows for a stunning assessment of the wine’s color and clarity.

6. Superior Sips

The top of each bowl is accurately shaped to enhance the wine’s flavor. It guides the wine toward specific areas of the tongue so you get just the right amount of wine with each sip. We’ve even crafted our bowls for perfect contact with your lower lip so you leave no drops behind on the glass. Or on your shirt.

7. Sensory Excellence

We’re proud of our association with the Centro Studi Assaggiatori (CSA), the most advanced and complete sensory assessment in Italy. That means you can rest assured you’ll enjoy a fantastic wine-tasting experience when you select our glasses. We've even had the honor of developing our Supremo and Vinoteque collections with the CSA's help. Coming in 2016: Vinea and Birrateque lines, new CSA-Luigi Bormioli collaborations.

8. Best in Class Barware

Beer drinkers, rejoice! Our pilsner glass is also formulated with Sparkx, so it’s just as classy as our stemware. It will retain its ultra-clear brilliance and total transparency with a high resistance to breakage for up to 2,000 runs through the dishwasher.

9. Eco-Friendly Beauties

We care for you and the environment by creating aesthetically gorgeous glasses free of lead and heavy metals. We also work hard to keep the modest by-products of production, like emission levels, extremely low. It’s how we do things in Italy.

10. An Unrivaled Guarantee

All the tech in the world isn’t important if your Luigi Bormioli doesn’t stand the test of time. We boast a 25-year limited manufacturer’s guarantee that covers chipping on the rim or foot, as well as any discoloration or cloudiness, resulting from washing. If you drop a glass—well, that’s human error and we hope you’ll replace it with another one of our gems. But if your glasses don’t live up to the dishwasher, we’re here to help.

At Luigi Bormioli, we take pride in our Italian-crafted, superior quality glassware. Your glasses, created using our proprietary SON.hyx ultra-clear formula, will retain their brilliant and transparent appearance and are backed by our 25-year guarantee that guards against chipping on the rim or foot, as well as discoloration or cloudiness resulting from washing. You will enjoy their beauty, durability and strength for many years to come. We aim to enhance your tabletop lifestyle and entertaining experience with a glass for every occasion. When the moment matters, the glass matters.