Note from Paul Kozub at the V-One Headquarters in Hadley, MA
I started V-One with $6,000, a dream and the love of my deceased father in my heart. I wanted to start a business to honor my entrepreneurial father and make a Polish vodka to represent our family’s heritage. In August of 2005, I saw the first printed bottle of V-One Vodka (this is the very first picture). I loved it, as it was are the realization of more than two years of hard work. Seeing that first printed bottle and having the feeling of accomplishment is as clear today as it was 14 years ago. Starting the business with only a few thousand dollars I had to use an existing bottle shape, I chose one similar to Chopin & Belvedere, because I really admired those brands.
Moving forward 14 years, I have learned so much not only about business but also about how consumers are influenced about the look and feel of packaging. With unlimited money one can create any kind of packaging (I had initial estimates to create one’s own bottle started at $250,000). I had always wanted to create my own bottle and design that reflected the DNA of V-One Vodka and I wanted this design to be totally unique. Like everything I do, I knew, that this project would take more money than I had, but I felt that it was time to not only have the finest craft vodka in the world, but also to have a totally unique bottle to reflect our clean ingredients.
We had over 20 versions of bottles in every shape and size with ‘expert’ consultants from United States, France, and Poland, but in the end I decided that this bottle was “THE ONE”.
First the glass itself is perfectly clear & clean (like the vodka), secondly the glass is significantly higher quality (slightly heavier), third the neck is the perfect size to fit your hand around to pour, fourth the bottle is tall and elegant, fifth the bottle is slightly wider at the top and narrower at the bottom (this shape is truly unique), sixth we have a wide base for stability, seventh we have gone back to natural cork with an imprint of Spelt on the top (we are still the world’s only 100% Spelt vodka), eighth we have a very high quality organic paper label, and lastly my signature engraved on the bottom of every bottle.
This signature is my assurance that every drop of V-One Vodka has been made with not only with the finest 100% Spelt grain, but with my love & passion.
Thank you so much for your continued support of V-One Vodka…Cheers & Na zdrowie!