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Best wine glasses: upgrade your glassware with our top picks for red, white and sparkling wine

Whether you prefer sipping red, white or sparkling wine, you'll want some quality glassware to drink from. Say cheers to our pick of the best wine glasses to buy, whatever your favourite tipple. 

By Carol Linfield | Last updated Mar 25, 2022

Best wine glasses

Wine connoisseurs will tell you that good glasses can make a big difference when it comes to enjoying your preferred tipple.

A well-made wine glass not only looks good but it can accentuate flavours and aromas too boot. And pretty glasses can add a sense of occasion to dinner parties or a touch of luxury to midweek meals.  

If your kitchen cupboards are stocked with mismatched glasses or you always seem to be scrambling around for suitable glassware when friends pop over, it's time to invest in a sparkling new set.

Whether you like to host or have been meaning to spruce up your glassware collection for a while, here's a selection of the best wine glasses to buy - including tried-and-tested recommendations from Mumsnet users - to help you raise the right glass every time.

Here are the best wine glasses to buy in 2022.

1. Best overall wine glasses: Recycled Large Wine Glasses

Traidcraft wine glasses

Price £25 (set of 4) | Buy now from Traidcraft

"Traidcraft make the most beautiful, weighty, get-lots-of-compliments recycled glassware" - recommended by Mumsnet user, fustybritches 

This set of recycled wine glasses from Traidcraft is a solid choice if you're looking for dependable drinkware with a budget-friendly price tag. Each large (250ml) glass is mouth-blown in Bolivia from 100% recycled waste glass and the sturdy exterior is designed to endure those inevitable knocks. This set receives praise on the forums for its eco-credentials and good looks. We love the mediaeval-banquet vibe, and the fact that they're dishwasher-safe makes them great for everyday use. Cheers to that!

Key specs

  • Capacity: 250ml
  • Material: Waste glass

2. Best budget wine glasses: Villeroy & Boch Ovid White Wine, Set of 4

Villeroy & Boch Ovid wine glasses

Price £23 (set of 4) | Buy now from Amazon

"I'd suggest plain crystal rather than cut crystal. I love both but plain has, for me, the right 'mouth feel'. Dartington Glass, Vileroy & Bosch, Galway Crystal are some of the better brands" - recommended by Mumsnet user, StopGo 

Creators of swish tableware since 1836, Villeroy & Boch knows a thing or two about wine glasses and is a trusted brand among Mumsnetters. This set of four looks good and is reasonably priced. Each glass holds 380ml of wine and features an elegant stem and a slimline base. The shape has been designed to help wine aromas develop properly. Made from clear crystal glass, the thin mouth rim provides a satisfying sip. At just under £6 per glass, there's not much to dislike here. 

Key specs

  • Capacity: 380ml
  • Material: Crystal glass

3. Best sparkling wine glasses: Riedel Vinum 6416/48 Cuvee Prestige Set of 2 Glasses

Riedel Vinum champagne glasses

Price £39 (set of 2) | Buy now from Amazon

"Of course it makes a difference. We have cheapo Ikea glasses for everyday use, because it doesn’t matter if they get broken. When we have a decent bottle of wine to enjoy, out come the Reidels" - recommended by Mumsnet user, AgeLikeWine

Toasting a special occasion or entertaining friends over a bottle of fizz? Add these Reidel glasses to your cupboard for sophisticated sips. This elegant pair is made from lead crystal with a teardrop shape for a touch of luxury. Mumsnetters praise Reidel as a dependable brand for quality drinkware. The glasses won’t cloud or discolour in the dishwasher either. Definitely worth raising a glass to.

Key specs

  • Capacity: ‎230ml
  • Material: Lead crystal glass

4. Best recycled wine glasses: Grehom Recycled Glass Wine Glasses 

Grehom Recycled Glass Wine Glasses 

Price £37 (set of 4) | Buy now from Amazon

With a bohemian vibe and pale green tint, these goblet-style glasses are made from 100% recycled materials. The sturdiness provides a satisfying hold and they're unlikely to break easily. As well as using them for red or white wine, they'd also work well for a G&T should the mood strike. You can step up to 450ml glasses for an extra couple of quid if you're feeling thirsty. 

Key specs

  • Capacity: 300ml
  • Material: Recycled glass 

5. Best wine glasses for white wine: Iittala Essence White Wine Glass

Iittala Essence White Wine Glass

Price £58 (set of 4) | Buy now on Amara

"We have Iittala ones. They're lovely to drink out of for special occasions"- recommended by Mumsnet user, ivanapoo

When it comes to entertaining, this set will make your table shine like never before. These Finnish-designed wine glasses are made to enhance the flavours and aromas of any crisp white wine. The stem is long, slender and pleasing to hold and the thin lip offers gratifying gulps. The glasses can be washed in the dishwasher, but it's best to use a low temperature and a short cycle to keep them in tip-top shape. They're pricey but an investment buy for special occasions. They'd make a great wedding or housewarming gift. 

Key specs

  • Capacity: 330ml
  • Material: Glass

6. Best wine glasses for red wine: Dartington Crystal Six Red Wine Glasses

Dartington Crystal Six Red Wine Glasses

Price £21 (set of six) | Buy now from Amazon

"Love good glassware. Dartington is my favorite but it is expensive and DH is not the most careful. We tend to just have finer range supermarket glasses but always stemmed glasses for wine, balloon glasses for gin" - recommened by Mumsnet user, Doyouthinktheysaurus

"I've got some Dartington, wine glasses they fit in to my dishwasher without any issues. The glasses themselves are really good quality but they are a little pricey but well worth the money" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, zeusfabre

Dartington is one of the most recommended glassware brands on the forums, so we were thrilled when we found this set of six for an amazing price on Amazon. A set such as this ticks all the boxes - the glasses are made from crystal with an elegant, contemporary shape and each has a large (450ml) capacity. When drinking red, it's recommended to use a wider bowl because the bolder aromas will stand out. Drinks poured into larger wine glasses are aerated which can enhance the flavour. You can also have these glasses engraved if you're looking for a gift for the wine buff in your life, or if you simply want to personalise your own set.

Key specs

  • Capacity: 450ml
  • Material: Crystal glass

7. Best luxury wine glasses: Tom Dixon Tank Wine Glasses

Tom Dixon Tank Wine Glasses

Price £90 (set of 2) | Buy now from Tom Dixon

These gorgeous glasses by British designer Tom Dixon are certainly worth the splurge if you're looking for something a bit special. Featuring a chunky copper stem and base, these mouth-blown glasses are opulent and eye-catching and a solid all-rounder for both red and white wine. The large bowl is deemed suitable for reds and a narrow rim works equally as well for whites and rosés. The pair can only be washed by hand and are a delight to use and admire for those trusted hands. Refill anyone?

Key specs

  • Capacity: 9cm depth and width
  • Material: Clear glass

8. Best colourful wine glasses: ARTLAND Highgate Goblets Multicoloured

ARTLAND Highgate Goblets Multicoloured

Price £28 (set of 4) | Buy now from Amazon

These pressed glass goblets will make you feel like the king of the castle, with jewel colours of blue, purple, gold and green that will grab the attention of any room. A sloping gradient gives the glass a very tactile feel and pressed glass provides plenty of detail, while making it a pretty sturdy set that’s made to last. Though it’s best to stick to handwashing to maintain the sparkle. The gift packaging makes it a top pressie for any wine enthusiast you know, and if you like your glassware to match, you can also get the set in both short and long tumblers. We’ll raise our glass to that!

Key specs

  • Capacity: 350ml
  • Material: Multi-coloured glass

9. Best large wine glasses: RIEDEL Vinum 6416/30 Wine Glass

RIEDEL Vinum 6416/30 Wine Glass

Price £44 (set of two) | Buy now from Amazon

Made from lead crystal with a 650ml capacity, these glasses are a great choice for wine tasting parties and intimate dinners. Reviews state the glasses enhance the flavour of the wine and provide great quality. They're definitely on the pricier side of the fence so they're probably not for everyday use. When you crack open a special bottle though, these are well worth reaching for. 

Key specs

  • Capacity: 650ml
  • Material: Glass 

10. Best wine glass tumblers: Habitat Japonica Set of 4 Tumbler Glasses

Habitat Japonica Tumbler Glasses

Price £19 (set of 4) | Buy now from Habitat

"I love my Habitat stemless wineglasses" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, idontlikealdi

"Drink wine from a short tumbler. I only get the stemmed glasses out when we have visitors" - recommended by Mumsnet user, ShatnersBassoon

A stemless wine glass (also known as a tumbler) can certainly divide opinions. While some claim a stem is needed to prevent warm hands from interfering with the wine, those in favour like the idea that a tumbler allows the wine to breathe. The stemless glass and in particular this deep teal coloured set from Habitat is mentioned on the forums and has a strong retro vibe that we like a lot. Mouth Blown glass creates the fluted shapes on this beautiful set. This is a great option for everyday use if you're ready to move on from your traditional glass (we’ll forgive you for pouring another), and if you lack kitchen cupboard space. 

Key specs

  • Capacity: 350ml
  • Material: Tinted glass

How to buy the best wine glasses

Do you need different wine glasses for different types of wine?

There are two different types of wine glasses: stemmed and stemless. Every stemmed wine glass will have three parts: a base, bowl and stem. A stemless glass features no base or stem and typically features a bowl with a flat bottom. 

No matter what wine you prefer, all wine should be filled to the widest point of the bowl to ensure the wine has maximum contact with the air, this will allow for aromas to collect above the wine.

Red wine glasses: Generally taller and have larger bowls than those for white wine, allowing more oxygen to penetrate the wine. Typically, red wine needs to breathe more in order to release its aromas and flavours, so the larger bowl allows red wine to do exactly that. A short stem and small bowl are better choices when drinking medium- to full-bodied red wines, such as a Shiraz or Malbec, since the bowl tends to trap the scent more efficiently. To get the most out of Pinot Noir, choose glasses with short stems and wide bowls to help you capture the aromas and direct the flavours.

White wine glasses: In comparison with red wine glasses, white wine glasses usually have a smaller, narrower bowl and are taller in height, making it easier for the wine's aromas to be in close contact with your nose. White wine aromas are much lighter than red. If your white of choice is a Sauvignon Blanc or a Rosé, choose a wine glass with a long stem and narrow bowl. White wine glasses are often thinner than red glasses. Typically, Chardonnay glasses have a larger bowl and shorter stem, similar to red wine glasses.

Sparkling wine: Tulip-shaped glasses are the ideal choice for Champagne, English sparkling wine, Cava and Prosecco. The long thin shape of the glass allows the bubbles to travel through a wider volume before bursting at the rim.

A bit of both: The best choice if you enjoy a wide variety of wines and so don't require varying shapes is a universal glass that can serve all types. 

Of course, it’s important to keep an eye on the number of units we consume. It can be confusing to know what a unit of measurement is, thankfully the NHS has a handy guide to glass sizes and units. 

What’s the best way to clean wine glasses?

Whether you are washing by hand or in the dishwasher, there are a few steps you can take to maintain the sparkle of your wine glasses. If cleaning by hand, invest in a good bottle brush and a microfibre cleaning cloth that can banish smudges in a way a kitchen towel won’t. For stubborn stains, it’s also a good idea to steam the glass over a cup of hot water or kettle. 

If using the dishwasher (which will probably help prevent breakages), go for a powder detergent so you can control the dose – too much may etch the glass over time. If the glasses come out with a soapy smell you have used too much. Rinse aid will also be needed to stop water spots or cloudy glasses. You should place glasses upside down on the upper rack and away from other items in the dishwasher. Go for a delicate wash cycle low in temperature.

What are the best wine glasses to buy?

We raise our final glass to the recycled set of four wine glasses by Traidcraft. Reliable, every day and all-occasion glassware that is affordable, sturdy, beautifully presented, and made exclusively from recycled waste glass. Quite simply, you can’t go wrong!

How we chose our recommendations 

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which wine glasses parents were recommending and had bought. We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which wine glasses had been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites, and what customer reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we then narrowed our list down to the best wine glasses on the market.

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