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Photography book reveals stories behind Nestlé mineral waters


The stories behind 15 mineral waters by Nestlé are uncovered in a new photography book.

The glossy 207 page publication Realms of Water reveals how the distinctive flavours of iconic brands including San Pellegrino, Perrier and Vittel are determined by their geographical source.

Hubert Genieys, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for Nestlé Waters, who commissioned the project, said: “We know that people choose mineral water according to its taste, but they are not usually aware how this relates to its origins.

“Water that is dense and creamy might have moved slowly through porous limestone volcanic rocks, while a very pure, light water probably ran through sandstone, which acts as a natural filter.”

The processes which create such unique tastes are explained in the book by world-renowned sommelier Andreas Larsson, tea master Yu Hui Tseng and international experts in water resource management, climate dynamics and geology.

Featuring the photography of Sandrine Alouf, each chapter is dedicated to a different mineral water, its properties and its place in local culture.

For example, according to legend, Italy’s famous San Pellegrino was admired by painter and sculptor Leonardo da Vinci. In 1509 he made what was then a dangerous journey to the Brembo valley in the Dolomite Mountains, to observe the beneficial effects of this “miraculous water”.

Mr Genieys continued: “Mineral waters have particular benefits for health. Their composition never changes if the surrounding environment is protected. We wanted to celebrate these beautiful landscapes and why it is important to conserve them.”

In another chapter, 2,900 metres above sea level in Mexico, Santa Maria mineral water is drawn from the Atepatzingo spring. It is filtered in the depths of the Iztaccihuatl volcano, named after the Aztec princess on whose grave it is said to lie.

At the centre of a private farm, the spring is bordered by a ‘natural carpet’ of thick oak and pine forest. This retains moisture at ground level, allowing water to seep into the ground instead of draining down the slopes.

While in Vergèze, southern France, the Perrier source was admired by the Romans, who built a stone pool in which to relax in the naturally carbonated water.

Kept in a vaulted room since the 1920s, today the spring is enclosed by 500 hectares of countryside, including an organic farm. The gas and water are collected separately at different depths before being reincorporated in their original proportions.

Mr Genieys added: “Behind each water lies a different story. The book tells some of these; from France to Switzerland, Belgium, England, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Lebanon, Vietnam, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. We hope readers will discover something new.”

Realms of Water is currently available in French, and will soon be available in English and Spanish. Published by Editions Textuel, it can be found in bookshops in France.


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