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The Countess Walewska Vodka

The Countess graces our vodka, which represents loyalty to the traditions of the finest potato vodkas from Poland, and its purity comes from spring water sourced from our estate in Napa. The combination of these two elements creates a purely intriguing vodka to savor on its own or create influential cocktails. 

The Countess graces our vodka, which represents loyalty to the traditions of the finest potato vodkas from Poland, and its purity comes from spring water sourced from our estate in Napa. The combination of these two elements creates a purely intriguing vodka to savor on its own or create influential cocktails. 

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Spirit Notes

The Countess Walewska is one of history’s great symbols of purity and loyalty. Known for her beauty and intellect, she was a fervent Polish patriot.  Forced to give up everything in her life for the good of her nation, she became influential during her era as she had the ear of Napoleon.   An ode to her Polish roots, this potato vodka offers a hint of New World style, flavor, and composition.  

Neutrality is at the core of any vodka, but all fine vodka has its own personality. Maria Walewska was far from neutral, a strong and biased patriot. Our Vodka has a lot of character. 

Nose
Slightly sweet cocoa on the nose with a hint of brine and pepper. Clean and neutral but retains its own personality. 

Taste
Starts with a subtle but sweet honey note with a noticeable creaminess, a signature of fine potato vodka. The sweetness is accentuated by a faint ocean air brine and black pepper, finishing with a smooth touch of oil and honey viscosity that lingers but does not overstay its welcome. 

The Family Coppola are lovers not only of wine, but spirits as well. In fact, when the family gathers, the custom is to have a cocktail, or two, before dinner. They hope to bring even more joy to cocktail enthusiasts everywhere by crafting a collection of spirits as unique and remarkable as the women they honor. All of our spirits are crafted in a style that reflects the individual character of these trailblazers, and are proofed with pristine water from our Napa Valley Estate.

“We all know well the great men of history, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar & Napoleon and so on. I can think of as many women who distinguished themselves at that level in the fields of politics, science, mathematics and philosophy. So my choices & reasons are very personal.”
– Francis Ford Coppola

"You know why we don't hear about famous women in history? Because the history books were written by men."
– Eleanor Coppola

Awards

2017 Craft Distillers Competition Awards
2019 PR%F

Natalie Dale

Natalie Dale became the Distiller for Great Women Spirits, part of The Family Coppola, through an untraditional route. For years she packed her bags to travel the world from grape harvest to grape harvest, working in renowned places such as Chile, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. She was inspired to become a winemaker and move back to her roots in northern California. Eventually she found herself at home with Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma County.

With over 13 years of winemaking experience, she decided to broaden her skill set into the world of distilling. She turned to Moonshine University and attended an intensive course taught by 40 industry experts. In 2018, upon completion of the course, The Family Coppola named her the Distiller for the Great Women Spirits collection. In this role, she creates small-batch, house-crafted, classically styled spirits that are as unique and remarkable as the women honored on each label. 

This opportunity propelled Dale to seek out other women in the distilling community and became one of the few pioneering members of the Women's Distillery Guild in the United States. "The people in this industry have charmed me with their warmth and unimpeded access of knowledge and skills", says Dale. "I hope to give back by inspiring other women to pursue distilling." 

Dale is currently studying for her Masters in Brewing and Distilling from Heriot-Watt University of Scotland. When she is not studying, she enjoys yoga, hiking, ceramics, sea kayaking, and traveling every chance she gets. 

WHY POTATOES

Poland was the birthplace of potato vodka and the homeland of the Countess. Though most vodka throughout today's world starts in grain fields, the traditional potato vodka associated with Poland was first produced around the turn of the 19th century, the very time that Napoleon initially encountered the Countess as he triumphantly rode into the Warsaw suburb of Blonie in 1806. 

It takes over 9 pounds of potatoes to make one bottle of our vodka. It is an expensive undertaking. Less than 3% of the vodkas in the world are potato based, and we think that makes ours pretty special. 

Our Water is Special in So Many Ways

Our Vodka is proofed with Napa Valley spring water from the Coppola family’s estate at Inglenook. Our water contains low levels of dissolved solids that contain minerals that add character and mouthfeel to our finished spirits. Located at the base of the extinct Mount St. John volcano, the water is naturally filtered through lava rock high in carbon, a natural and efficient filter.

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