Overview of a spring which fizzles with life…
Source Sorgente Sottane
Taped and treated in Castagniccia, in the heart of mountains and chestnut’s forest away from pollution, the Orezza water is unique in the world: not only it is the only natural sparkling mineral water in Corsica, it is also one of the richest water in iron of the entire world!
The Orezza water, known since the Antiquity, was already savoured by Romans who liked its exceptional qualities: it taste, delicacy, and natural benefits. The use of the spring has been authorised in 1856 by Napoleon III, who, ten years later, recognised it of public interest by a decree. In the 19th century, Orezza baths were recognised throughout entire Europe for their medical benefits. Enjoyed by people taking the waters, the water cured anaemia, nervous system disorders, malaria and liver and kidney diseases. It was so powerful that it was sent to anaemic combatants in Northern Africa in the 20th century to give them strength and vitality.
Many years later, in 1995, Castagniccia knew a period of desertification, which led to the abandon and the stop of the use of the spring, so the Orezza water bottles disappeared. It started to be used again in 1998, and the site went through important renovations and modernisation works to finally, in 2000, put back the bottles in the market.
Rich in iron, magnesium, bicarbonate and others minerals, the Orezza water, finely sparkling, has many curative properties. Its high iron and carbonic gas content treats both anaemia and gastrointestinal laziness, its calcium and bicarbonate content helps with digestion and mineralisation, and its low sodium content makes it thirst-quenching.
Naturally sparkling, the Orezza water goes through several processes of iron removal before being bottled:
- Degassing: water is sprayed in micro-droplets to facilitate the separation of water and gas, so CO2 is extracted and stocked.
- Iron oxidization: now degassed, water is mixed with compressed sterile air in order to create the iron precipitation.
- Filtration: cured iron is removed thanks to sand filters.
- Regassing: freed from most of its iron, the water is finally regassed with its own gas.
- Bottling: glass packaging (4 capacities: from 33 cl to 150 cl) or PET crystal bottles packaging (2 capacities, 33 cl and 1 L), whose design and original drawing has been realized by the English design studio Claessens.
Moreover, an analytical laboratory is systematically checking the production, each hour, in order to guarantee the high-quality of the water. This technological complex is conform to new European norms.
We can now find varied ranges of water flavoured with grapefruit, citron or mint, which increase the production. We can also find still Orezza water, in Monaco, which was launched originally for the Rolex Masters of Monte Carlo. Taking advantage of this event on 18th of April 2017, the company launched two new fruity flavours, blackberry and clementine.
Today, over 12 million of high-quality water bottles come out of the factory Orezza every year. We can enjoy them in France and abroad (New-York and Japan).