An Inside Look At The Oldest Vodka Distillery In Russia






     The Drink that people around the word enjoy and share good times, vodka, has had a very long and beautiful history, starting in the great old empires of Russian Czars, here is a short story of the drink's history and the first and oldest distillery.

Through interviews with a representative of the cmpany, I have made a timeline of the history of this facility and how the process of vodka distillation is executed.

The modern alcohol production center is much more up to date, to release products of superior quality and optimistically look in the future. The new products have become a worthy continuation of more than 100-year Samara traditions in productions of alcohol drinks.

Below are just some of the historic milestones:

1895 - Distillery (Rectification) Plant on production of vodka and other liquor products and government sales was organized in Samara under the Order of Sergey (Yuliyevich) Vitte, Earl, Finance Minister.

1900 - Expansion of the Distillery. The City Duma (Council) let the Distillery have 400 square sazhen (measure of length = 2.34 meters) more at the price of RUR12,000.00. A railroad broad-gauge branch line laid.1906 - A furnace stack built - height of 17.7 sazhen (>35 meters), wall thickness - two bricks.

1914 - Start of the First World War. The Distillery produces alcohol and other products for the front-line.1918 - After the Revolution the Distillery starts operating anew as a wine and alcohol warehouse.

1923 - Production of alcohol drinks, liqueurs up to 20% strength, resumed.

1925 - Production of the "treated wine", vodka, started!1930 - Opening of a liqueur bottling production line; the assortment includes several varieties of wine: port wines with different numbers, white sherry, and red port wine. The Distillery is officially assigned the name of Samara Liqueur and Vodka Distillery.

1935 - Samara renamed in Kuibyshev under the Decree of the USSR Supreme Council.

1941 - Great Patriotic War. The Distillery cut the production volumes having shifted to the needs of the front-line. The shops produce food concentrates, tape blasting caps, and ignition mix "- 1. The line for production of bottles with ignition mix started.

1946 - Resolution of resuming the liqueur and vodka production line made.

1950 - The production line recovered in full. Assortment of the Distillery includes more than thirty items of the liqueur and vodka products.

1956 - The volume of produced vodka is 1,224,418.00 dhal. Two and a half million of bottles!

1960 - Samara Liqueur and Vodka Distillery, named as KLVZ then, the first one for the history of the USSR starts exporting vodka to the USA! They drink Stolychnaya Vodka in the USA!

1985 - Start of the anti-alcohol campaign proclaimed by M.(S.) Gorbatchyov. Vodka is queued for all over the country. Production if cut, equipment is forcibly removed. Employees at Samara Distillery save part of the equipment at its fear and risk.

1994 - KLVZ as the first one of the country enterprises is honored the prestige European Award "Arc of Europe" granted by the European Market Research Center.

1997 - KLVZ was given with the "Certificate of Honor" title.

2000 - Export activities of the Integrated Distillery was highly estimated by the State. The Trade and Economic Council at the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation awarded the Integrated Distillery with the name "Best Exporter of 2000".

2006 - A new alcohol production center, one of the major ones in Europe, which continues more than one-hundred year traditions of making alcoholic drinks, opens in Samara.

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