Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting announces winners

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — The Country Inn in Berkeley Springs was flush with excitement during the 33rd annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting over the weekend.

Touted as the world’s most prestigious, longest running water tasting, the competition presented awards Saturday to waters from four continents. Five continents had waters among the nearly 100 entered, according to producer Jill Klein Rone.

“People send us their water and some of the representatives with that water and we had representatives from the Republic of Korea, which actually placed in the top 5,” Rone told the Panhandle News Network.

Water is tasted in four categories including municipal, bottled non-carbonated, sparkling and purified and there’s a People’s Choice Award.

Ahead of the finals on Saturday, Project WET – Water Education Today – presented a seminar entitled “Water: Beneath the Surface and Around the Globe.”

In addition, Tomi Bergstrom, Western Watershed Basin and Project Coordinator with the WV DEP – Watershed Improvement Branch – was part of a team that visited Paw Paw and Pleasant View Elementary Schools Thursday.

Among the nine member judges panel, made up of members of the media, were hosts of Panhandle Live on WEPM/WCST The Panhandle News Network, Jordan Nicewarner and Marsha Chwalik.

Following the awards was the annual “Water Rush” in which those in attendance could rush forward to the staging area and help themselves to bottles of water that were part of this year’s competition.  Participants had to sign a waiver.

Best Municipal Water 2023

1st – Clearbrook, BC, Canada

2nd – North Muskoka, ON, Canada

3rd – St Paris, OH, USA

Tie 4th – Miryang-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea

Tie 4th – Emporia, KS

5th – Eldorado Springs, CO

Best Non-carbonated Water 2023

1st – Smeraldina Natural Artesian Water, Monti di Deu, Sardina, Italy

2nd – Hope Natural Spring Water, Halifax County, VA

3rd – Jano, Village-Blanchard, NB, Canada

4th – Floridian Spring Water, Ocala, FL

5th – Vortex Energy, Meriden, CT

Best Sparkling Water – 2023

1st – Dijamant Carbonated Mineral Water, Tešanj, Bosnia & Herzegowina

2nd – Antipodes Water, Otakiri, Whakatane, New Zealand

3rd – Cedea Sparkling Mineral Water, Dolomites, Italy

4th – Boston Clear Water, Lynnfield, MA

5th – Theoni Natural Mineral Water, Karditsa, Greece

Best Purified Water 2023

Tie 1st – Taifer Group 100% Deep Ocean Water, Hualien City, Taiwan

Tie 1st – Taiwan Yes Alkaline Minerals Deep Ocean Water, Hualien City, Taiwan

2nd – Atomy 100% Deep Ocean Water, Hualien City, Taiwan

3rd – VIBRANT WTR®, Hamilton, OH

4th – Mountain Springs, St Kitts and Nevis, West Indies

5th – Lesage Natural, Lesage, WV

People’s Choice Package Design – 2023

1st – Antipodes Water, Otakiri, Whakatane, New Zealand

2nd – Amamizu Water, Fukui City, Japan

3rd – Clearly Canadian, Marchand, Manitoba, Canada

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