Apollinaris - 100% Source C arbonic with High Mineral Content
The vintner Georg Kreuzberg bought a vineyard in 1852 at an auction and wondered why the wine would not grow on his property. Through test drilling he found out that the natural carbon dioxide from a subterranean natural spring prevented the wine from growing: the Apollinaris spring had been discovered.
During the following decade founder Kreuzberg and Dr. Gustav Bischof, Professor from Bonn and "Geheimer Bergrat", invested a great amount of time and effort researching the spring area of Neuenahr and the Apollinaris spring formed into a well.
Apollinaris is sparkling mineral water with 100% source carbonic acid which means no artificial CO2 is added to the water. Due to the volcanic activity in the Eifel the water here is particularly rich in minerals, as the magma continuously gives off carbon dioxide. This combines with the water and increases the solubility of minerals.
Sales soon increased and Georg Kreuzberg also leased the Heppinger mineral spring with its high magnesium content. Later on this spring was taken over by the company and is today known via "Heppinger Sport" and "Heppinger Extra" natural mineral water.
The depth and yield of the spring, the walled well and the natural hardness of the accumulated stone prevents any change to the mineralisation of the water or the well drying up.
Even the Romans valued the spring water of the Eifel, which was considered a luxury drink, and delivered it in clay jugs throughout their Empire. In the beginning Apollinaris was also filled in the famous earthen jars. Only since 1900, when the industrial production of glass bottles evolved was natural mineral water in bottles available and affordable for a wider part of the population.
After Kreuzberg had set up a factory for filling the mineral water, he began a business which after just two decades was selling almost 2 million clay jars of Apollinaris mineral water per annum.
In Great Britain products of outstanding quality got awarded with a red triangle. In 1892 Apollinaris received this award and later on the red triangle got registered as the Apollinaris trademark.
Apollinaris became very popular throughout Europe and the United States as an elegant and sophisticated addition to the various elaborate rituals surrounding multi-course meals, often serving as a means of cleansing one’s palate between courses, or mediating the effects of large amounts of wine.