Fonteide Mineral water emerges from a natural subterranean spring more than 300 meters underground and 5.000 meters in from the mouth of the gallery, perfectly protected against contamination of any kind. This provides for water with perfect balance and unique natural purity, originated by rainwater and melted snow which filter through the volcanic soil and rock of the Teide National Park and it´s adjacent area Cumbres de la Orotava, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
When Alexander von Humboldt ascended from the Atlantic Ocean towards Mount Teide in summer of 1799, he found himself within a spectacular and unique landscape, created by the volcanic activity on these Atlantic islands opposite the coast of the African continent. One of the seven islands that form the archipelago of the Canary Islands stood out for it´s extension and altitude, great diversity and stunning nature: Tenerife.
Fonteide is the product of the rain- and snowfalls that filter through the volcanic soil and rock of Teide National Park
Humboldt found out that there is a close relation between the shapes of the endemic plants and the soil and climate of the Taoro Valley. He described in detail the vegetation zones from the sea up to the peak of Mount Teide. Between 800 and 1.500 metres, the north side of the island is covered with evergreen Laurel forest, followed by Canary Island Pine forest from 1.500 to 2.000 metres of altitude. Above this level starts the platform of the caldera Las Cañadas, from where Mount Teide erects right into the sky, surrounded by local plant species such as the Retama Raftam or the Teide bugloss Echium wildpretii and fields of lava and pumice stone.
In 1954, Las Cañadas del Teide were declared a National Park by the Spanish Government. Due to it´s singularity, in 2007 it was included on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Yet decades before, the Government of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands had decided by law to protect the peripherical area of the National Park, with great extensions of evergreen Laurel and Pine forest, such as the Corona Forestal, one of the areas of special protection.
The gallery that provides the Fonteide water expands over thousands of meters underneath the surface of these emblematic landscapes.
Above the surface, in the National Park, there is only few precipitations over the year, but an important amount of snowfall. On the contrary, in the Orotava Valley, where the Corona Forestal, is located, vertical precipitation is frequent, as well as horizontal precipitation. This horizontal precipitation or fog condensation is produced when the clouds are pushed towards the hillsides by the trade winds and the fog condensates on vegetation foliage, dripping on forest soil.
Subsequently, the water is filtered through the volcanic ground of this landscape of extraordinary geological beauty, which fascinated both the famous writer Dulce María Loynaz, who was rewarded with the Premio Cervantes in 1992, and her friend Telesforo Bravo, a renowned geologist and volcanologist, who formulated the theory of the gravitational landslips.
Since 1986, the water is channelled through specially protected pipelines towards the bottling plant of Fonteide The extraordinary quality of this natural mineral water with it´s singular physical, chemical and bacteriological characteristics is highly appreciated by all customers. It is the volcano itself that mineralizes it on a natural way and makes it so healthy.
The company Aguas del Valle de La Orotava Aguas del Valle de La Orotava was constituted in 1994 with the aim to guarantee the supply with natural mineral water of high quality, Fonteide to the people of the island of Tenerife and the Canary Islands in general.
On July 8, 1996, the water of the Fonteide spring was declared of public utility and the company was entitled to use the certificate of origin and to declare the water officially as natural mineral water