The Ukrainian crisis has made people take note of which vodkas are Russian – and which are not. One of the world’s renowned vodkas which is decidedly not Russian is Moskovskaya Vodka. Stockists and consumers can continue to enjoy this vodka with a clear conscience: using 100% European Union materials, Moskovskaya is produced by Amber Beverage Group (ABG) in its Latvian distillery established in 1900 – Latvijas balzams.
“As the founder of the SPI Group, the holding company of Amber Beverage Group, I relocated all production to Latvia when I was forced into a conflict with Putin’s regime in 2000 and left Russia. I am grateful to Latvia and its people for providing a safe haven for the company. It has been a great journey, bringing close to 1.5 billion euros paid in taxes to the state of Latvia,” said Yuri Shefler, the main shareholder of Amber Beverage Group.
Due to the brand’s name, the true provenance of Moskovskaya Vodka may surprise people. Moskovskaya is one of the world’s great heritage vodkas and is produced by Amber Beverage Group in its Latvian distillery – Amber Latvijas balzams.
Key things to know about Moskovskaya Vodka:
Because of the current situation in Ukraine, Amber Latvijas balzams has had to change the delivery routes of some materials. For example, for several years, the company used various materials from Ukraine: corks, capsules, bottles, labels, and shippers. For the continuity of the company's operations, the supply of these materials is currently switching to other European Union countries: Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Germany.
The brand is growing fast, and one of the reasons is that this is not only a traditional vodka but also that it is ‘green’. The memorable green label reflects the brand’s environmental sustainability ambitions with regard to production, water conservation and responsible consumption. They are aiming at achieving carbon neutrality within the next few years.