At 120 litres per year, Spain is the fourth largest per capita consumer of mineral water in the world, and its set to overtake Italy and France within the next five years (source: ANEABE). Despite the size of Spain’s home market its most famous mineral waters are little know internationally. Perhaps its Spain’s image as a dry, sun-baked land that makes it difficult to believe there are spectacular mountainous regions overflowing with outstanding mineral waters. Spain has three important mineral water regions, each with its own distinct flavours and traditions.
In stark contrast to the Italians and Germans, 95% of Spaniards prefer to drink still mineral water. The origins of this cultural difference are difficult to find but there is no doubt that Spaniards take their mineral waters very seriously indeed. The properties of individual waters are the subject of fierce debate and in a restaurant it’s not unusual to hear mineral waters discussed just like a fine wine or cognac.
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