Ravenscroft Crystal combines the qualities of experienced European craftsmen with a modern understanding of how the shape of a wine glass can significantly enhance the tasting experience. Ravenscroft glassware designs are developed out of the deepest respect for great wine and are hand blown in nearly 30 different styles; each of which are the result of thousands of years of glass making trial-and-error. Their ultimate goal is to enhance the bouquet and taste of the wine or spirit for which it was made.
The world's most famous enologist, once said, "A wine glass should be invisible." Therefore, Ravenscroft's mission is to produce the most transparent, lightweight wine glasses possible. Their delicate stemware delivers a whisper-light, sensuous hand and mouth feel. Each glass is shaped to perfectly control the palate attack, delivering a pure essence with minimal distraction.
Over the past four decades, wine and spirits glass design has experienced a renaissance. Recently, scientists discovered the dangers of lead crystal, most significantly when storing wine and spirits for an extended period in decanters, allowing lead to leach into the contents. Originally, lead oxide was added to glassware as a manufacturing aid. Now, technology has progressed to the point where the addition of lead delivers little or no value to the wine enthusiasts' experience. Despite increasingly stronger industry warnings, several of the world's top stemware manufacturers continue to use lead in production.
Ravenscroft Crystal's time has come. The public now understands that lead-free crystal is the future of the glass industry. They are the world's leading manufacturer of hand-made, pure, clean, lead-free crystal for fine wine and spirits. Their 129-year-old factory has been producing lead-free crystal for the most exclusive brands of the world. Most likely, you have enjoyed the delicate pleasure of their products under another brand name.
The founder of Ravenscroft, Stephen Falango, has leveraged his background in Economics and Public Policy, with an unbridled passion for wine, to shape the Company as well as the glasses. As a young man during his Master's studies, he became deeply committed to environmental protection, which resulted in his dedication to lead-free crystal. In the spring of 1999, Stephen proposed that their factory create a line of wine-specific stemware and decanters. Stephen's passion and experience as a wine educator, sommelier, wine maker, avid wine collector and entrepreneur inspired his craftspeople to focus on maximizing the pleasure of wine while respecting the wellbeing of wine lovers worldwide.
"There is no glass that is more "invisible" than ours. I am honored that so many people trust Ravenscroft Crystal to touch their lips while they share their most treasured wines. This privilege must be respected through the highest commitment to their health."