24° of Perfect Wine

22. October 2012, from Redaktion
Freeform glassblowing at the Zalto workshop.
Zalto glassware Axium.
Zalto bordeaux glass. The 24° tilt of the glass's sides is the same as that of the earth on its axis.
Zalto champagne glass.
A Zalto craftsman forms a footplate for a glass.
Moulded handblown Zalto goblet.
Traditional glassmaking hand tools for forming glasses.

In ancient times, vessels with a 24° bevel were touted to offer foods they contained better taste, and a longer shelf life. This is the same principle that Zalto Glass Manufactory has followed to great success.


When form is expected to follow function, aesthetes have a tendency to get nervous. In the case of Zalto, these fears are completely unnecessary: this Austrian Waldviertel-based glass blowing workshop is a living testament to the fact that design and practicality can be gloriously married to one another. It’s not for nothing that the Denk’Art series have become a favorite on the international wine and gastronomy scene.


The search for the perfect glass


When Austrian entrepreneurs Josef Karner and Martin Hinterleitner took over the Zalto glass blowing workshop in 2006, they had originally planned on concentrating their efforts towards just one product line. Intended to be a projection of the strength that the Zalto brand embodied, inspiration came from fellow countryman Hans Denk. Known as the ‘Wine Preacher’, he had clear ideas about how his perfect glass should be.


Role models from antiquity

Hans Denk’s vision is a glass that keeps wine centered and is completely dedicated to its function. During the glass’s development process, Denk stumbled upon an interesting phenomenon that remains scientifically inexplicable: as far back as antiquity, food storage vessels with a 24° angle – the same as the earth’s tilt – were already in common use. Popular wisdom held that foods contained within vessels with this angle tasted better and remained fresh longer. Fascinated with this principle, the glasses that Hans Denk designed feature angles of 24°, 48°, and 72°, and bear his name: Denk’Art.


Sommelier and Michelin star favorites


Handmade Zalto glass is known for its elastic structure that endows it an admirable robustness with thinner walls than machine made glasses. It’s this quality, and the fact that Zalto glasses regularly give the best results in blind taste tests that have led to their immense popularity in the international wine and gastro communities. Leading wine experts such as Robert Parker and F.X Pichler, and top chefs such as Juan Amador and Sven Elverfeld are enthusiastic supporters. For those who aren’t quite at that level yet, the online Zalto shop makes it simple for fine wine enthusiasts around the world to enjoy this unique taste experience.


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