It all started in the small, sleepy village of Vilajuïga, where a (seemingly) modest well supplied a particularly unique type of water to the villagers, who had to climb a flight of steps in order to reach it. They knew there was something special about this water, and they ascribed it mineral and medicinal properties. Something marvellous was hidden in that well…
Ramon Margineda, seeing that the village mineral water was so well liked, decided to set up a company under the name, Aigües de Vilajuïga. On 15th July 1904 his product was declared a mineral water fit for medicinal purposes. His entrepreneurial instinct and spirit never proved wrong.
From then on, the company began to advertise the water’s unique taste and personality in Girona, Barcelona and Andorra, and later throughout the whole of Catalonia.
Thanks to its unique qualities, Vilajuïga water rapidly became popular, as demonstrated by the fact that in 1910, the renowned artist Leonetto Cappiello designed a promotional poster that has now become a valuable collector’s item. Moreover, in 1917, Vilajuïga water was the official sponsor of the very first cycle Tour of Catalonia.
Sales and exports grew exponentially, even reaching as far as the Americas. In 1929, the success of Vilajuïga water was rewarded with a gold medal at the World’s Fair in Barcelona, and in subsequent years the water went on to become an object of exaltation and praise for internationally renowned Catalan artists such as Josep Pla, Salvador Dalí and Ferran Adrià.