Taking a winemaker’s approach, Dr. Mark Kauffman has selected several of the best wheat-growing regions in Russia based on climactic conditions and soil growing capabilities to create the world’s first vintage vodka. Like great wines, the vintage spirits are only produced in years where the wheat has met the criteria of the distillery. Spirit is then allocated to either Kauffman’s ‘Vintage Select’ or ‘Private Collection’ bottlings depending on the quality and style. Vintages to date include 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2007, with 2002, 2003 and 2005, meeting the highest quality standards reserved for the ‘Private Collection’. The subsequent years are utilized for the ‘selected’ non vintage range under ‘Hard’, ‘Soft’ and ‘Lemon & Grapefruit’ with similar prospects.