WSU welcomes Switzerland with Mineralquelle Eptingen AG

We welcome Mineralbrunnen Eptingen AG as a new and first sustaining member from Switzerland!

Switzerland has over 20 mineral water springs. Mineralbrunnen Eptingen AG has a total of three active springs (Birchquelle, Cristalloquelle and Saguaroquelle).

The Swiss mineral water originates in the beautiful canton Baselland. From one of the deepest springs in Europe, the water is collected at a depth of 417 meters. The mineral-rich Eptinger water comes from the gentle hills of the Jura mountains.

The traditional company is now managed by the fourth generation. It sticks to its values and continuously pursues its goals. In addition to its social responsibility as an employer, the highest product quality, customer orientation, sustainability and cooperation based on partnership are part of the everyday work of the Swiss SME.

We look forward to working with Eptingen AG and say thank you!

RheinfelsQuellen becomes new WSU sustaining member

Originally pure: The natural mineral water Rheinfels Quelle is perfect from its origin.

Long before our time, more than 25,000 years ago, a high-quality spring deposit was formed in the depths of the rock at a depth of over 300 meters.
The ice age origin of the spring has been scientifically proven. For thousands of years, 150 meter thick layers of clay have protected the uniquely pure primeval water of Rheinfels Quelle from all the influences of our time. The natural mineral water Rheinfels Quelle owes its original purity and harmonious mineralization to nature itself.

The Wassersommelier Union would like to say thank you for the trust placed in us and is pleased to welcome RheinfelsQuellen as a sustaining member.

Haller Wildbadquelle – the right water for every requirement

Wildbadquelle, Sportquelle and Ulrichquelle – these are the names of the three springs of the Schwäbisch Haller Wildbadquelle. All belong to the same family but each has unique characteristics. Just like in real life.

Depending on the age group or family, different demands are made on the mineral water. Young people and those who are active in sports need a particularly high mineralisation of magnesium and calcium. At an advanced age, a lot of emphasis is placed on digestive support and preventing osteoporosis.

The waters of the Haller Wildbadquelle spring from Schwäbisch Hall combine all these qualities in very special proportions: based on the most balanced mineralisation, it impresses with its great purity and fine taste.

The history of the Wildbadquelle dates back to the 13th century. The Water Sommelier Union is delighted to be able to count this spring among its sustaining members from 2020 onwards. Many thanks!

Let it be…coffee!

A good cup of coffee is made up of about 97% water. It is no wonder, then, that water quality has a major influence on coffee quality. The coffee roaster fagiolo and the Kaffeemaschinen & Service Company also see it this way. We are pleased to welcome these two enterprises on board as Sustaining Members, as they will help us  to identify the influence of different minerals in water even more precisely.

Fagiolo wants to enhance enjoyment and create taste experiences with its premium line of hot drinks. This means offering the highest quality ingredients and the best preparation techniques. Fagiolo offers both: selected qualities such as Belgian chocolate along with English tea recipes combined with sophisticated technology such as fully automatic coffee machines from Switzerland, Spanish grinding and Italian roasting technology.

As authorised specialty dealer and service partner, Kaffeemaschinen & Service GmbH carries top-quality lines from numerous premium manufacturers in the coffee technology sector, including coffee and espresso machines, accessories and even cleaning agents. You can find everything you need for uninterrupted hot beverage service in the office, at work, for the catering trade as well as the private sector. For future barista courses at KMS-Burgdorf, the topic of mineral water is at the top of the list!

The Water Sommelier Association would like to extend our gratitude – and a hearty welcome! – to our newest Sustaining Member!

Plose Mineralwasser

South Tyrol: Plose Quelle AG also supports WSU as a sustaining member

Plose mineral water – the artesian spring from South Tyrol. At 1,870 metres in the alpine high mountains of South Tyrol, an artesian spring rises, whose special characteristics are determined by its extraordinary origin.

The family business Plose Quelle AG, still owned by the Fellin family, has been successfully marketing natural mineral water from the alpine high mountains of South Tyrol for more than 60 years. In the modern production plant in Brixen, the unique, light mineral water is bottled in its natural state exclusively in environmentally friendly glass bottles in accordance with the strictest hygienic regulations and without any treatment processes.

The fact that WSU is now able to welcome a sustaining member from South Tyrol is very exciting for us. We look forward to a profitable exchange across national borders and say thank you!

WSU sustaining member Peterquelle

Peterquelle from Austria becomes further sustaining member

In 1959, a valuable treasure of nature will see the light of day in the volcanic country of Austria in south-eastern Styria. This is how the Peterquelle company found its origin in Deutsch Goritz at a depth of 102 metres.

Over the years, the company has matured into an important traditional business based on an open and honest partnership with its trade and gastronomy partners.

WSU is particularly pleased and warmly welcomes the new sustaining member from neighbouring Austria.

Fam. Ketterer mit Hornberger Lebensquell neues Fördermitglied der WSU

HORNBERGER LEBENSQUELL becomes new WSU sustaining member

Hornberger Lebensquell – an extraordinary natural mineral water. It emerges freely and without being pumped in the beautiful Black Forest Central/North Natural Park from an impressive spring tunnel: centuries ago – presumably as early as Roman times – this was cut into the mountain by hand with great effort.

The family brewery M. Ketterer, to which Hornberger Lebensquell belongs, is a climate-neutral company. The medium-sized company is committed to climate protection. The picture shows the Ketterer family with the certificates that prove the climate neutrality of the company: Managing Directors Michael and Philipp Ketterer (from left), Managing Director Anke Ketterer (2nd from right) with the youngest generation Anna and Emil (Photo: Ketterer Brewery)

Family Ketterer invites to inform on the homepage in detail about Hornberger Lebensquell. But best of all you should taste the mineral water yourself. If your way leads you once in the summer months to Hornberg in the Black Forest, visit the drinking fountain.

Wassersommelier Union is looking forward to an interesting and fruitful cooperation and would like to thank for trust and support as sustaining member!

New Internet Presence of the WSU

At the beginning of March, the English version of our updated website went live. We are very pleased that the information and activities of our association are now also available on a global level and that we can promote the dissemination of our ideals and goals even better internationally.

The financial and time investment has been worthwhile. However, the redesign would not have been possible without specialist help. In spite of this professional support, the reorganisation has also cost countless hours of voluntary work. We would be all the more pleased if the new website was used and recommended by many people. A large number of members have already registered under “Water Sommelier Search”, both in German and English. We would like to thank you for your participation and at the same time motivate all members who have not yet discovered this free offer for themselves!

Newly elected Board of the Water Sommelier Union e.V.

From left: Dr. Peter Schropp (Managing Director), Jens Bunzel (Chair), Jonas Seidl (Vice Chair) 


The Executive Board of the Wassersommelier Union was elected on September 22nd, 2018 at the 8th ordinary Annual General Meeting in Bressanone (South Tyrol, Italy).

Jens Bunzel, responsible for marketing and product management at Bad Brambacher Mineralquellen, was elected Chairman. Jonas Seidl, Managing Partner of the Kondrauer Mineral- und Heilquellen, as Vice Chairman. Dr. Peter Schropp is responsible for managing the seminars at the Doemens Academy and will continue in his position as Managing Director for the Association.

In accordance with the Articles of Association, the Executive Board (§ 26 BGB) is elected for a term of four years and the Association is managed by a total of five Executive Board members. The assessors, Nicola Buchner and Werner Zimmermann, complete the Board.