Apollinaris is a German naturally sparkling mineral water, very well known in German-speaking countries as "The Queen of Table Waters". The spring was discovered by chance in 1852 in Georg Kreuzberg's vineyard, in Bad Neuenahr, Germany. He named it after Saint Apollinaris, a patron saint of wine.
Today the source and the brand of Apollinaris belong to Coca-Cola, which acquired it from the multinational Cadbury-Schweppes in 2006.
Apollinaris originates in a site which has different layers of rock and volcanic occlusions: the Eifel. This unspoilt landscape allows the water to penetrate into the deepest layers of the earth. Natural carbonic acid collects from the volcanic rock stratum. These ideal conditions provided by nature in the Eifel explain the high level of purity and the balanced mineral content of Apollinaris.
A year after water was found in 1852 under one of the vineyards in Neuenahr Ahrweiler in the Ahrtal (Germany), and a mineral water spring was uncovered, the company began to promote and sell the water under the brand of the name of Italian bishop Apollinaris (of Raveanna in Italy).
When the business set up a subsidiary in England in 1892, the business operations then began to move with a primary focus to Great Britain, and hence, this is where the new logo and the excellent tagline The Queen of Table Waters was developed and made up. The logo represents the company's reputation and recognition for excellence and quality and in some senses acts as a quality seal.