In 1852, winegrower Georg Kreuzberg purchased a vineyard in Germany’s Eifel region at an auction. But his grapes wouldn’t thrive. Kreuzberg wanted to quite literally get to the bottom of things by digging deep into the soil. There he discovered an underground spring, 50 feet below the surface and with top-quality mineral water with natural carbonation.
Kreuzberg tapped the spring and named it after Saint Apollinaris, the patron saint of wine.
Apollinaris mineral water quickly became popular. By 1860, 40,000 clay jugs filled with Apollinaris mineral water had been sold. Ten years later, it was almost two million jugs.
In 1876, following Kreuzberg’s death, his descendents founded a company named after the Apollinaris spring – the “Actiengesellschaft Apollinarisbrunnen, vormals Georg Kreuzberg”.