History
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Some say it was the curl that changed the course of a kingdom—the curl of Catherine’s hair. A Florentine-like swirl that crossed her brow and caused Peter to pledge his love to a peasant girl. A secret romance involving the tsar of Russia. A secret marriage in 1707. Living for years, incognito, in St. Petersburg, raising a family of 12. Commitment and passion, year after year. Over 300 years ago, Peter and Catherine toasted their love with the seminal drink of Russia—vodka. And, the recipe for that St Petersburg® Vodka endures today. It is a legacy handed down over generations for an authentic Russian vodka worthy of a tsar and tsarina. And the curl on our label—that’s the curl in Catherine’s hair.
There’s 300 years of history distilled in every sip of St Petersburg® Vodka.
Follow us on our journey through time.
300 Years
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1700s
Russians discovered charcoal filtration for vodka, the most important innovation since distillation. Distillers gained an unprecedented control of purity, quality, and subtly—all of the factors that today make vodka the world’s most popular liquor.
1703
St. Petersburg is founded by the Tsar Peter the Great.
1704
Even as the city is being constructed, Peter refers to St. Petersburg
as his seat of government.
1707
Peter the Great marries Catherine, a peasant girl he took as his mistress four years earlier. Due to their difference in class status, Peter and Catherine live together in secret for five years.
1711
Catherine’s strategy to end a disastrous war with Turkey
saves Peter and his Empire.
1712
Peter moves the capital of Russia to St. Petersburg from Moscow. It remains the capital of the Russian Empire until 1918, after the Russian Revolution.
Peter remarries Catherine publically and makes her his tsarina. As part of the celebration, a unique vodka is created. That recipe today
is called “St Petersburg® Vodka.”
1762 - 1796
Reign of Catherine the Great. In this “Golden Age” St. Petersburg became the cultural capital of Russia, and one of the world’s great cities—a distinction it retains to this day.
1812
As a result of Russian troop movements in the Napoleonic Wars, awareness of vodka spreads across Europe.
1894
Russia creates standards for vodka production similar to those
created by France for wine.
1914
At the start of World War I, with Russia at war with Germany, St. Petersburg becomes “Petrograd” to make the city’s name more Russian
and less German sounding.
1917
World War I throws Russia into a chaos that culminates in the Russian Revolution and the overthrow of the tsar.
Sales of St Petersburg® vodka—and all beverages of over 20% alcoholic content—are banned in Communist Russia.
1924
Petrograd becomes “Leningrad” shortly after the Communist leader’s death.
1936
Vodka under state control and production is allowed to be sold in stores.
1945 – 1950s
After World War II, vodka surges in popularity in the Western World. The Russian mule cocktail is born.
1991
The Soviet Union collapses and Leningrad again becomes St. Petersburg. After 74 years, St Petersburg® Vodka finally resumes production.
2006
International Review of Spirits (Gold Medal) Best Buy – "Exceptional"
2007
Best Buy Bar Competition (Gold Medal) Best Value Vodka, 94 points
2008
International Review of Spirits (Gold Medal) Best Buy – "Exceptional"
2014
Best Buy Bar Competition (Gold Medal) Best Value Vodka, 94 points
Russians discovered charcoal filtration for vodka, the most important innovation since distillation. Distillers gained an unprecedented control of purity, quality, and subtly—all of the factors that today make vodka the world’s most popular liquor.
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The Craft
St. Petersburg is an elightened city filled with culture and elegance. Only one vodka is able to measure up to these high standards and is worthy of the name – St. Petersburg® Vodka.
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Flawless Elements

The generous mixture of pristine water from Lake Ladoga and the highest quality of golden winter wheat is what makes up the flawless elements found in every bottle of St. Petersburg® Vodka.

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Process of Perfection

The mixture of these elements are allowed to ferment naturally until perfected. Then small-batch alembic distillation is used to remove impurities and separate alcohol.

The micro-climate and soil conditions around St. Petersburg nurture a superior, highly absorbent charcoal from local birch trees which we use to filter our vodka. St. Petersburg® Vodka’s propietary, tall-column filtration process is employed twice; once after dilution and again before bottling.

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Skill & Expertise

Creating a superior product like St Petersburg® Vodka, is about finding the perfect balance. Employing too strong of a distillation will eliminate the non-volatile oils that add flavor & too weak of a distillation will create a very harsh vodka.

This balance has been perfected by St Petersburg® Vodka's master distillers. Steeped in family tradition, in conjunction with a university education, they have become adept in the science of distillation. Tradition plus science equals art – an art that St. Petersubrg® Vodka has perfected!

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FLAWLESS ELEMENTS

The generous mixture of pristine water from Lake Ladoga and the highest quality of golden winter wheat is what makes up the flawless elements found in every bottle of St. Petersburg® Vodka.

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PROCESS OF PERFECTION

The mixture of these elements are allowed to ferment naturally until perfected. Then small-batch alembic distillation is used to remove impurities and separate alcohol.

The micro-climate and soil conditions around St. Petersburg nurture a superior, highly absorbent charcoal from local birch trees which we use to filter our vodka. St. Petersburg® Vodka’s propietary, tall-column filtration process is employed twice; once after dilution and again before bottling.

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SKILL & EXPERTISE

Creating a superior product like St Petersburg® Vodka, is about finding the perfect balance. Employing too strong of a distillation will eliminate the non-volatile oils that add flavor & too weak of a distillation will create a very harsh vodka.

This balance has been perfected by St Petersburg® Vodka's master distillers. Steeped in family tradition, in conjunction with a university education, they have become adept in the science of distillation. Tradition plus science equals art – an art that St. Petersubrg® Vodka has perfected!

Cocktails
Discover how to make the perfect St. Petersburg® Vodka cocktail.
Enhance the typical flavor of these cocktails with a classical "TASTE OF RUSSIA".
  • Blushing Virgin
  • Blushing Virgin
  • Martini Violetta
  • St. Pete's Mule
  • Venice of the North
  • Calandro
  • Hermitage
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94 Points
The Beverage Testing Institute
Outscores
Ketel One®, Grey Goose®, Belvedere® and Stoli®
2014 Best Buy Bar Competition (Gold Medal) Best Value Vodka, 94 points
2008 International Review of Spirits (Gold Medal) Best Buy – "Exceptional"
2007 Best Buy Bar Competition (Gold Medal) Best Value Vodka, 94 points
2006 International Review of Spirits (Gold Medal) Best Buy – "Exceptional"
2014 Best Buy Bar Competition
(Gold Medal) Best Value Vodka, 94 points
2008 International Review of Spirits
(Gold Medal) Best Buy – "Exceptional"
2007 Best Buy Bar Competition
(Gold Medal) Best Value Vodka, 94 points
2006 International Review of Spirits
(Gold Medal) Best Buy – "Exceptional"
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A premium vodka from the cultural heart of Russia
St. Petersburg® Vodka is produced and bottled in St. Petersburg, Russia, and distilled from the highest quality winter wheat. We remind you to enjoy it, and all alcoholic beverages, responsibly.
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