The idea behind the Senses project comes from the experience gained over years in working along passionate wine makers. Every producer states that their own wine is unique, which is true, as every Terroir is different.

Aromas the heart of a wine

If every wine is unique, what’s the point in further discussing the varietal-specific glass? At Italesse, through the Senses project, we began to wonder what we could do to respect the unique characteristics of each wine and to appreciate their organoleptic properties. The answer came from the study of wine aromas and their structures in order to create extremely professional products that are able to enhance the organoleptic properties.

with aromas

While the study of aromas is the starting point for the new Italesse project, combining passion and technical excellence in tasting is its goal. So, when imagining, designing and creating their latest products, the team of Italesse Senses broke down the individual wines into aromas; testing the glasses, both with wine, and also directly with blackcurrant, raspberry and black pepper. This allowed them to make essential modifications and micro-modifications to the structure of the glasses, improving sensory perceptions.

The varietal stem glass becomes the emotional stem glass

By working directly with aromas and the wine’s organoleptic sensations the Italesse Senses team has not only allowed us to create glasses that are equally professional and exciting, but also to put an end to the idea of the varietal-specific glass. Indeed, it is no coincidence that the tests – which were approved by a special commission made up of producers, wine experts, and sommeliers – demonstrate that a stem glass like Masterclass 90, which has a similar shape to glasses normally used for great red wines, can also enhance whites like Chardonnay in an incredible way.

Wine suitability indexes for use

Wine suitability indexes for varietals


Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc
Pinot Nero
Pinot Bianco
Chenin Blanc

The importance of details

In designing professional glasses that respect the wine’s unique and organoleptic properties, we have paid attention not only to aroma test results, but also to the various sections that make-up the architecture of the glass. This is important not only for the design, stability, and balance of the glass, but also for the impact that it may have on the sensory perception of the wine. For example, the shape and size of the cup are important because they influence the glass’ ability to oxygenate the wine, while the rim conveys the organoleptic properties in the most balanced manner possible between nose and mouth.

The rim’s amplitude and the grade of the cup sides infuence the wine perception to the nose and palate, particularly on its intensity, elegance and freshness.

The cup width and its shape infuence the wine perception, particularly its complexity, structure, softness and elegance.

T-Made Lab

In the wake of this innovative path, Italesse took it to the next level by introducing the T-made project. The project poses as objective the realization of stemware that is tailored to the organoleptic sensations of specific wines.
In doing so, Italesse works directly with syndicates or independent winemakers to create glasses that become true technical tools, perfect for professional tastings and, at the same time, for an everyday use.
For this reason, T-made 70, created and studied on the characteristics of the wines of the Montalcino area, is the official stem glass of the Consorzio del vino Brunello di Montalcino.For the realization of these stem glasses, the company, along its team of enologists, sommeliers, and engineers, studies the different soils, the varieties, the work in the vineyards in addition to the fermentation and the aging techniques, while tasting various vintages. The results of these studies, along with the information and data collected during the tastings, will establish the best shape the glass should have to uniquely enhance a specific type of wine.