Waiheke Water wins big at ‘Oscars’ of water
Waiheke Water has taken home four awards at the ‘Oscars’ of water, beating hundreds of entries from around the world and walking away as the most awarded company of the competition.
Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, the world’s most prestigious water competition, was held in Berkley Springs, WV, USA, with entrants from three continents.
Waiheke Water was honoured with four awards:
- Second in Package Design for Waiheke Minerals
- Second in Purified for Waiheke Mineral Plus
- Fourth in Purified for Waiheke Still
- Fifth in Sparkling for Waiheke Minerals
Managing Director and Founder Jesse Ball is delighted with the recognition and believes the win demonstrates the high quality and purity of Waiheke Water. The awards are also a reflection of the hard work and dedication of a company that has rebuilt its plant after being leveled by a devastating flood in March 2017.
“Winning four awards against such a huge field of international water producers is a real honour. We’ve always believed our water and our packaging are world-class, so being recognised on the global stage is incredibly rewarding.”
The packaging category in which Waiheke Water received a silver for Waiheke (Sparkling) Minerals, had 16 entrants, the most ever in the competition’s 29 year history. The bespoke glass bottles, featuring the coordinates of the water source and the shape of Waiheke Island on the base, were designed by Mr Ball.
In the purified water category Waiheke Water was awarded a silver medal for Waiheke Minerals Plus, an enhanced mineral water, and fourth place for Waiheke Still, a lightened mineral water.
Waiheke Water was awarded fifth place for Waiheke Minerals, a natural mineral water with medium sparkle, in the sparkling water category.
“It was another wonderful year for the longest running and largest water tasting in the world,” said perennial Watermaster, Arthur von Wiesenberger “Berkeley Springs is the Academy Awards of water.”
Judging for the competition included looking, sniffing and tasting each water under guidelines similar to those in a wine tasting. The waters were rated for each attribute including appearance (it should be clear – or slightly opaque for glacial waters), aroma (there should be none), taste (it should taste clean), mouth feel (it should feel light), aftertaste (it should leave you thirsty for more). Waters were tasted in four separate flights over two days.