10 Best Vodka Made from Grapes

Abbey Miller
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by Abbey Miller

Grapes create the best flavors. The fruit is the source and heart of crafting the very best wines. The innovativeness and art of winemaking have inspired Master Distillers to craft their vodka brand with grapes.

Why is vodka made from grapes considered bad?

Vodka is made from grains and potatoes. The grape base makes Vodka enthusiasts skeptical of its authenticity, but many people love the distinctive flavor of spirit brands made from grapes. Many drinkers consider grape-based alcoholic beverages to be wine.

Why is vodka made from grapes not brandy?

Vodka made with grapes is not brandy because it is higher alcohol proof and is distilled at least twice as compared to brandy which is a lower proof and usually distilled once.

Vodka Made From Grapes

1. Ciroc

Ciroc Vodka is one of the most popular vodka brands known. Many well-known celebrities such as Diddy and Jay-Z have collaborated and promoted the famous brand of grape-based vodka.

The vodka comes from the South of France and is crafted by Jean-Sebastien Robiquet, the Master Distiller of Ciroc.

Two fine French grapes – Ugni Blanc and the Mauzac Blanc, are used to craft the thick, sweet-flavored vodka. After it is distilled five times, Ciroc vodka has a neutral, citrus flavor that becomes a perfect spirit for your favorite cocktail.

2. Thompson’s Vodka  

Thompson’s Vodka is made by Simon Thompson. With a long history and passion for his spirits, Thompson has crafted one of the best vodkas made from grapes.

The grapes for this vodka are distilled in traditional copper pot stills two times before maturing in oak casks. The final result is a well-balanced sweet flavor with a unique minty aroma.

3. Cobalte

Many are familiar with the bold blue bottle of vodka made by Cobalt but the Cobalte with an ‘e’ is an entirely different spirit. The Cobalt vodka comes from wheat, and the Cobalte from grapes harvested from La Montagne de Reim Natural Park in France.

This grape-based vodka emerged on the market in 2014. There are three grapes in the innovative vodka – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. The sweet undertones of a fruity flavor make the Cobalte a great drink to sip alone or add to your cocktail.

4. Hangar 1 Vodka

Hangar 1 Vodka is an American brand made in California. The vodka is subtly sweet and crisp. It’s a flavor many enjoy in their cocktails.

To create a balanced straight vodka that was not harsh, Hangar 1 distillers developed a new way to craft their vodka. In contrast to other grape-based vodkas, this vodka is a blend of Viognier grapes and Midwestern wheat. The grapes are distilled through a pot-still while the wheat is column-still distilled.

The finish of fine grapes blended with midwestern grains is a floral and fruity neutral vodka.

5. Bombora Vodka      

Australia delivers one of the finest grape-based vodkas. Bombora vodka is made with the finest red and white grapes harvested in the Barossa Valley of Australia and pure artisanal water.

To produce a smooth, rich vodka, Bombora distills the vodka ten times. This distillation process creates a pure, smooth vodka with a sweet, grape-like flavor.

6. Kizlyarka Vodka

Kizlyarka Vodka has a long history dating back to 1731 when it was brought from France to Russia. This Russian brand of vodka is produced differently from the typical grape-based vodka, which gives it a distinctive appeal.

The vodka is distilled from fermented wine and later aged in oak barrels for 7 to 18 months. After aging, the spirit becomes a shade of yellow. The vodka is diluted with sugar syrup and water. Kizlyarka has a high concentration of alcohol content: 40-45%, depending on the length of aging.

The after-taste of the sweet grape flavor with floral undertones gives this drink a pleasant finish.

7. Guillotine Vodka

Ancient methods with a modern touch create Guillotine Vodka. The French vodka brand is distilled in a 100-year-old distillery where traditional French standards meet modern ways.

White and black grapes – Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay, harvested from vineyards in the Aÿ-Champagne wine region are used to make Guillotine Vodka.

The grapes are handpicked, de-seeded, slowly pressed, and patiently distilled. Combining old techniques with new ones has created a smooth, sweet vodka.

8. Veuve Capet

Veuve Capet is the first vodka made from Chardonnay grapes. This place is famously known as the birthplace of top-quality wines. The grapes are handpicked and distilled with pure water five times and undergo charcoal filtration.

A glass of Veuve Capet on the rocks or in a cocktail is a glass of rich, sophisticated flavors with notes of citrus and guava. The drink is known to pair well with a seafood dish.

9. Cooranbong Vodka

Another highly recognized Australian brand of grape-based vodka is Cooranbong Vodka. Cooranbong has been recognized and awarded for its premium and authentic vodka.

Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the Barossa Valley region are used to produce this fine-tasting vodka. Cooranbong Vodka extracts as much flavor as possible to attain the aroma of a grape and spicy finish by distilling the vodka ten times. The award-winning vodka is sweet and smooth with a hint of vanilla.

10. La Grappe De Montpellier

The Montpellier distillery based in the south of France was creative with its craft of grape-based vodka. Le Grappe de Montpellier added a hint of Mediterranean with their locally sourced ingredients. The vodka comes from a city historically known as the birthplace of the distillation of French wines.

Local sources provide Muscat grapes to produce superior and award-winning vodka. The local grapes give the vodka a distinguishable twist from other brands. After the vodka is distilled five times, it becomes an exquisite vodka with a hint of Mediterranean and exotic fruit flavor.

Final Thoughts

The sweet and fruity notes grapes deliver do not alter the authenticity of what is considered to be real vodka. Grape-based vodkas are mostly neutral-flavored but are best for those who enjoy a fruit cocktail. These ten brands of vodka from all over the world validate the love for the innovative craftsmanship of vodka made from grapes.

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Abbey Miller
Abbey Miller
Abbey grew up in a family with an appreciation for great beers, fine wines, and nuanced Scotch whiskeys. It's no surprise that she studied Hospitality Management and is now a professional working on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.
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