Blenheim Palace’s Mineral Water Wins Top Prize

Blenheim Water

The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site took top prize at the British Bottlers’ Institute’s annual awards.

Blenheim Palace’s still mineral water has won gold at a prestigious national competition.

The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site took top prize at the British Bottlers’ Institute’s annual awards.

A team of judges took part in a two-day blind tasting with the mineral waters being marked on taste, aroma, discoloration and after-taste.

“Each year the level of competition has grown so to win an award becomes ever tougher,” said BBI President, Ed Binsted.

“For Blenheim Palace’s still water to come out on top, and this year by some margin, clearly shows it is a great product and one that was thoroughly enjoyed by the judges,” he added.

As well as taking gold in the still water competition, Blenheim Palace also picked up a silver in the carbonated water category.

Trevor Rawden, Head of Blenheim Palace Mineral Water said: “We are thrilled to have received this level of recognition for our bottled waters produced at Blenheim Palace.

“The heritage of the Parkland and UNESCO World Heritage area adds to the product’s appeal and sets it apart,” he added.

Every year the Blenheim estate produces more than four million bottles of mineral water drawn from a subterranean aquifer 40 metres below the surface of the estate and sells it worldwide.

Blenheim Palace Natural Mineral Water is part of a centuries old tradition which began in the 12th century when King Henry II built a pleasure pool for his mistress Rosamund Clifford on the estate.

The pool was fed by an ancient spring which, legend maintains, has never dried up.

The Blenheim estate comprises 12,000 acres and both the Palace and the Park are within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, requiring a commitment to preserving the natural and historic environment for future generations.

Founded in 1953, the BBI’s main purpose was the creation of an institute to further knowledge and help educate those working within the drinks industry. Membership now includes wine and spirit bottlers, beer, cider, soft drinks and water.

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