Water.

We are in a mountainous and volcanic territory: the Pyrenees, the Guilleries, etc. there are volcanoes everywhere, and subterranean connections; filtered for millions of years; mineral purity. The counties of Girona are full of springs, of effervescent springs, malodorous springs and hot springs; of mineral-medicinal waters, of spas, of health springs, of water-bottling plants, etc.

Drinking water is a scarce and strategic asset and has enormous economic power. In the counties of Girona, major multinationals extract water, still or carbonated, and there are springs that are worshipped and are fine and highly appreciated. To drink and quench your thirst, to make infusions without altering any of the organoleptic properties of the herbs, and to cook broths, rice and soups.

Most of this water is naturally mineralised, just as it comes out of the ground. Some are naturally carbonated, although this can be lost when it flows to the surface after so many years – thousands or millions – hidden and protected among the rocks. There are also some with gas added later, and some that are naturally carbonated, brut nature.

Water with the 2018-2019 Girona Excel·lent seal

Sant Aniol – natural mineral water

Sant Aniol mineral water is extracted from a well formed more than 40,000 years ago, which emerges from a depth of 55 metres and reaches a plant located on a 12-metre basalt promontory. The purity and low mineral content of this water give it a neutral flavour that makes it suitable for cooking and for the preparation of coffee and infusions.

Category: Natural mineral water

Producer: Hijos de José Bassols, SA

www.santaniol.com

Aigua de Salenys – mineral water with natural gas

The commercial extraction of this water began in 1823 in Les Gavarres, near the Costa Brava. Since 1902 it has always been sold in glass bottles, which are filled at the source so that no gas is lost. Although it is considered to have a high mineral content, there is very little sodium and the other minerals it contains are beneficial for health.

Category: Mineral water with natural gas

Producer: Aigua de Salenys, SL

www.salenys.com

Sant Aniol – mineral water with added gas

Aigua de Sant Aniol is a family business founded in 1993 that obtains water of great purity with very balanced mineral content from a spring located in a site formed of sedimented lava and volcanic rock. The addition of gas keeps the properties of this water intact and makes it a refreshing drink that goes well with any meal.

Category: Mineral water with added gas

Producer: Hijos de José Bassols, SA

www.santaniol.com

The water

tasting jury.

Anna Vicens

President of the Catalan Association of Sommeliers

Lluís Coll

Teacher of the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Girona

Àlex Carlos

Sommelier at the Celler de Can Roca, Girona

Clara Antúnez

Barista and sommelier Assessora de La Gastronòmica

Manel Guirado

Teacher and gastronomic journalist