2 Bottling Russian Borjomi Water at Source

Bottling Russian Borjomi Water at Source

Posted on June 5, 2014 by tim


“Borjomi” is a Georgian mineral water. It had a sort of cult status in the Soviet Union and then when Georgia seceded from the former Soviet state it became an article of import into Russia, which was even banned in some periods of modern Russian history.

However, a hundred years ago this was a Russian source and a Russian water which was already in demand competing with famous French and other European mineral waters.

These colored Prokudin-Gorsky photographs show how the business was going at times on the source. They are clickable and enlargable to a wider size.

Borjomi is a naturally sparkling water. It rises from the depths of the Earth with no special pumps needed, coming out warm at temperatures of 38 – 41 celcius (warmer than a human body!).

Bottled water in crates ready for delivery, circa 1900.

To supply the growing mineral water bottling industry, the glass bottle factory was started right on the place in 1896.

People travelled to this place to stay at the resort and drink the water right from the source, which was said to have beneficial medical characteristics.

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2 Responses to “Bottling Russian Borjomi Water at Source”

  1. James says:

    These pictures are scary. I’m aware that Russia knows about and uses ‘Good Manufacturing Practices’ in their national food industries. This turn-of-the century bottling plant is just scary.

  2. James says:

    To put my comment in perspective, the spring waters at Alum Rock Park in San Jose, Calif. wasn’t shut down until late 1970s. There were sulfurous and calcium laden waters in the fountains and little shrines made during the 1930s depression.

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