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Fresh Water from Seawater Powered by the Sun

Friday, January 21st, 2022

We are pleased to announce the addition of Ocean to our range of locally sourced waters.

Ocean is a naturally desalinated water, a unique water and the first water of its kind from New Zealand. Unlike mineral waters, championed for their mineral content, Ocean is almost devoid of minerals and by its nature a cleansing water. But unlike purified waters, Ocean has a soft, subtle and satisfying flavour on the palate.

Ocean is hand harvested and produced in small batches, a truly artisan water. Fresh seawater is subjected to a natural desalination process, followed by filtration and exposure to UV light, all powered by solar. With nothing going to waste, the residual concentrated brine is recovered and refined into salt by neighbouring and complimentary business the Taipa Salt Pig.

There is a lot we like about Ocean. Every aspect of the product and process, down to the adhesive on the paper label, has had a lot of thought put into it with a focus on sustainability and recyclability. The Ocean production facility is entirely off grid.

Ocean is now available from aquadeli in cases of 16 x 350mL bottles. We have included in each case, one 50gm bag of the Taipa Salt Pig 100% natural salt, the same salt that has been extracted from the water. Ocean would be the perfect accompaniment to your favourite local fish and chips, or perhaps a dram of South Island single malt if that is your persuasion.

As the team at Ocean say, ‘made from seawater and sunshine’, perhaps we feel with a pinch of love thrown in.

Welcome Back Ferrarelle!

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022

We are pleased to announce the return of Ferrarelle. This will be the first time Ferrarelle has been available in New Zealand for some time, and so fondly remembered by many.

Ferrarelle comes from the valley of the River Assano (also known as Bagni meaning baths), in the Campania region north east of Naples, in the shadow of an extinct volcano by the name of Roccamonfina. The still active Mt Vesuvius is only 60km away.

Ferrarelle’s reputation was already well established in Roman times. Hannibal is reputed to have rested his troops at the source, and legend has it Ferrarelle mixed so well with wine the troops could drink day and night with no ill affects. Ferrarelle, as we know it today, has been bottled since 1893.

Ferrarelle’s high mineral content and natural carbonation ensures it remains one of Italy’s most popular sparkling waters. Ferrarelle is also rich in both bicarbonates and calcium, making it an ideal dining accompaniment.

Iskild, a Danish Delight

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

We opened our first physical water shop in 2006, At the time New Zealand had few imported mineral waters, other than the ubiquitous Italian San Pellegrino, and French brands Perrier and Evian. However, the market did have one emerging contemporary brand called Antipodes, as a nod to the British reference to countries down under. Much like New Zealand, other countries had their own emerging contemporary local brands that were gaining traction.

Canada had BERG from Newfoundland, Scotland Speyside Glenlivet, and Wales Ty Nant, to name a few. Scandinavian waters were also gaining recognition on the world stage, spearheaded by VEEN of Finland and VOSS of Norway. In Denmark the contemporary local brand was ISKILDE, meaning cold spring (since rebranded ISKILD). ISKILD had the class of VEEN and VOSS, but at a more affordable price point, so became our Scandinavian water of choice.

ISKLD is tapped from an artesian aquifer in a pristine area south of Åbenrå Fjord, and emerges at a temperature around 8C. The brand has an interesting pedigree. As the story goes, it has been known for its taste and drinkability since 1561 when Duke Hans the Elder of Schleswig-Holstein appropriated it after sampling the water at a local inn. Perhaps the fine waters of Denmark are another reason the country has long been associated with its internationally renowned beers Carlsberg and Tuborg.

ISKLD is mildly alkaline, pH 7.6, and with a medium total dissolved solids (TDS) mineral content of 325mg/L, enough to impart its distinctive flavour. Dominant minerals include bicarbonates, calcium and magnesium, making ISKILD by definition a moderately hard water. It is these minerals that also give waters their velvety texture on the tongue, one contributor to “mouth feel”. With natural oxygen from its source, these qualities make ISKILD an ideal food matching water in any epicurean setting.

Lastly, a word of warning for water / wine sommeliers. Because ISKILD is a lightly carbonated water, but naturally infused with oxygen, the sparkling does not appear to have an obvious sparkle until on the palette, while the still develops a fine bead of bubbles when left to sit in the glass. This can create a dilemma for the water / wine sommelier attentively topping up glasses, not knowing if one is still or sparkling, and on occasions potentially mistaking still for sparkling.


Acqua Frisia, a taste of Italy

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

One of the perks and pleasures from owning an online retail water business is sampling new, and sometimes lessor known, classic waters from around the world. It is also a pleasant surprise when the waters turn out to be both refreshing, in the sense of branding, and appealing in taste. So it was refreshing in both respects to have samples of Acqua Frisia from Italy arrive on our doorstep recently.

Most global beer brands today have origins dating from natural spring water sources chosen for their respective qualities to produce great beers. Underlying its refreshing contemporary branding, the Frisia water source dates from 1867, at which time it was a renowned brewery famous for the Italian beer brand Birra Spluga. And the business may again produce craft beers one day.

In 1958 production of Frisia Water began at the brewing facility, a lesson many breweries and distilleries today could learn from. And in 1980 Frisia began door-to-door sales in Milan, an early precursor to today’s online ordering for home and office, and something the aquadeli business has been built on and excelling at since 2006.

Production ceased for a period from 2014, and in 2018 a group of investors, led by Italian Roger de Bellegarde, purchased the assets of the business with a vision to rejuvenating the brand. Production of Frisia recommenced in 2020 and from the same historic facility, but with new plant and sustainable environmentally friendly production processes.

There is a lot we like about Frisia. One of the business’s guiding principals is sustainable production with respect to social, economic and environmental impact, something we can relate to in terms of managed water stewardship and sustainability. And this was one pillar of the Frisia team’s relaunch of the brand in 2020.

The branding is elegant, with modest functional packaging, including recyclable glass bottles and aluminium closures, and environmentally friendly wash-off paper labels. This is something we also strive for in our own business, and look for in suppliers. There is a nod to the sixties with a labelling selection featuring couples on an Italian motor scooter, classic wooden powerboat, and downhill skier.

Did we mention taste? Frisia is a relatively low mineral (90mg/L), slightly alkaline (pH 7.2), natural artesian still water. A refreshing hydrating beverage on its own, or perfect foil for foods which need to be centre of attention (think freshly shucked oysters). Frisia would compliment any fine scotch or vodka, and its relative low mineral content makes for perfect ice.

Frisia Frizante (sparkling) has a fine bubble and bead, reminiscent of Badoit without the elevated minerality (a healthy 1200mg/L), with bubbles freely bursting on the face when raising a glass to drink, a truly refreshing experience. The taste verges on slightly sweet, a by-product of carbonation, with a satisfying cleansing mouth feel on the palate.

Frisia is available throughout Italy, and currently exported to several European markets.

Brands come, brands go.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

If you were searching for a brand and landed here, it may no longer be available, no longer available in New Zealand, or we may just no longer stock it. However, if you are interested in water, then you have arrived at the right place. We started aquadeli, and opened one of the world’s first concept water stores for mineral waters, in 2006. At the time a few classic mineral waters were available in New Zealand, including Evian, Gerolsteiner, Perrier and San Pellegrino. There was also an emerging new generation of contemporary brands, such as VOSS, VEEN, New Zealand’s Antipodes and Waiwera (actually relaunch of a long established iconic spa water). Over the years we have seen many brands come and go, distributors and producers too. Some have included, Berg, Borjomi, Borsec, Fine, Lauquen, ISKILDE, OGO and Speyside Glenlivet, to name a few. We supported and enjoyed many of these while they were available. This list doesn’t include New Zealand domestic brands, of which there have been a few. Thanks for visiting!

Water Pack! – H2O Deluxe – Santi Trivino

Friday, September 18th, 2020

“Water Pack! – H2O Deluxe presents a meticulous and international selection of the best packaging designs for bottled water, brands which might be found on the menus in today‘s most select restaurants, bars and spa shops. The bottle‘s design is nearly as essential as the origin of the water itself, a substance so elemental, colorless, and anodyne that nature has provided it free of charge, while human beings have turned it into a truly desirable, powerful and distinctive item.” Water Pack! also features our own brand, ‘Weta Water’, which for us was a learning curve about the creation and development process of a bottled mineral water brand and the challenges that come with it.

The Good Water Guide – Maureen & Timothy Green

Friday, September 18th, 2020

This “Revised – Up To Date” edition was last published in 1994, but remains one of the few definitive guides to the classic bottled waters of the world. While it doesn’t include many hundreds of recent contemporary and designer brands, it is an authoritative guide to the classic spa towns and springs with a particular focus on Europe. This was our original go to reference and learning guide to mineral waters. Any serious water aficionado will want this book in their collection, and we recommend it as a great starting point for understanding the history and evolution of mineral water segment of the larger beverages sector.

Fine Waters – Michael Mascha

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

This book is a good starting point for any aspiring water aficionado. Touted as the connoisseur’s guide to the world’s most distinctive bottled waters. Michael Mascha is a recognised commentator on the subject of bottled waters. The book features 100 of the world’s classic and contemporary bottled water brands, their sources, flavours, and history – along with reviews and full colour photos.

Box Bottle Bag: The World’s Best Package Designs – Andrew Gibbs

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

The look, feel and concept of a package is crucial to its sales success. ‘Box, Bottle, Bag’ contains more than 140 projects that have succeeded on many levels. Designs are grouped into styles including Luxe, Bold, Crisp, Charming, Casual and Nostalgic. Since its launch in early 2010, ‘Box, Bottle, Bag’ has become one of the top selling package design books. From, this book is a must for design companies, packaging specialists and aspiring brand owners.

H20 Water Package Design – William Stout Architectural Books

Monday, September 7th, 2020

Another one of our favourite water design books. ‘H2O Water Package Design’ highlights a selection of contemporary bottled water brands, chosen for their unique packaging design. Also contains information about the water’s source, bottling method, composition, and other background information that helps better understand the design, historical context and contemporary influences.

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