Vodka is typically associated with wheat or potatoes. So why do we use apples for Upstate Vodka?
First and foremost, they make a great-tasting vodka with a unique mouthfeel. Apple vodka tends to be somewhat smoother with a slightly sweeter finish than grain vodkas. We take pride in creating a small batch, truly hand-crafted, agricultural product. A product of this quality takes time, not technology.
Secondly, here at Sauvage, we believe in sourcing local ingredients. Our distillery is surrounded by some of the finest apple orchards in the country. New York is the second-largest producer of apples in the US. Proximity to bodies of water, cool nights, long summer days, and mineral-rich soils contribute to New York’s ideal apple growing conditions, unrivaled variety of apples, and its unique terroir.
Finally, it is how we guarantee our vodka is gluten-free. While many claim that all distilled spirits are gluten-free, the possibility of gluten cross-contamination in facilities that make vodka from grain is real. That is not going to happen in a 100% gluten-free distillery. We are proud that our distillery and products have obtained the most stringent gluten-free certification from gfco.org so our consumers can trust what they are drinking.