History

Timeline

2016
September 15

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Here you can find a brief summary of the history of Águas do Vimeiro. Browse the different years available in the timeline shown below.
September 14

1318

1318
In the origins, the Queen Saint Isabel used Águas Santas of Vimeiro to treat a skin condition, “pertinaz”.
September 13

1450

1450
The Infanta D. Leonor of Portugal, treated a serious skin disease with Águas Santas do Vimeiro (Holy Waters of Vimiero)
September 12

1726

Dr. Frederico Henriques, physician of King João V and the most notable doctor of his time, wrote in his book “Medicinal Arquilégio”: “In Vimeiro, next to the convent of Penafirme, on the outskirts of Torres Vedras, there’s a spring whose waters have proven an effective remedy for nephritic ailments”
September 11

1845

Dr. José Maria de Oliveira, wrote in the “Gazeta Médica do Porto”: “With the waters of Vimeiro, the most general result is conveyed by the term Águas Santas (Holy Waters) which have given it its virtue.”
September 10

1867

Dr. Alfredo Luís Lopes reported in his book “Águas Minero-Medicinais de Portugal” the first summary analysis carried out by Dr. Agostinho Vicente Lourenço.
September 9

1893

Date of the first official physical-chemical analysis of Água do Vimeiro, carried out by Charles Lepierre, who demonstrated all the qualities of the water that for centuries, had been dubbed by the people “Águas Santas do Vimeiro” (Holy waters of Vimeiro).
September 8

1896

José Pedro Cardoso obtains the license of concession, issued on January 30, for the exploration for unlimited time of the springs of medicinal mineral waters named “Águas Santas do Vimeiro”.
September 7

1896

1896
His Majesty the King D. Carlos, by decree published in the Government Gazette, number 33 of February 11, classified Águas do Vimeiro as mineral-medicinal waters.
September 6

1921

Registration of the concession of the operating license of the Mineral-Medicinal Waters of Vimeiro to the Empresa das Aguas do Vimeiro, Lda – Diário do Governo II series nº284 of December 9, 1921.
September 5

1938

1938
In 1938, bottle filling was made directly from water collection to the homes.
September 4

1945

1945
On this date, the concession of the operating license of the spring of mineral water, denominated “Águas Santas do Vimeiro” is handed to Joaquim Belchior. It was in this year that the commercial activity of Aguas do Vimeiro began.
September 3

1945

1945
This was the first glass bottling line of Vimeiro’s Mineral-Medicinal Water.
September 2

1945

1945
This year saw the first fleet of commercial cars dedicated to selling and delivering Águas do Vimeiro.
September 1

1947

1947
In 1947, the brand’s first advertising campaign was launched, a milestone in the brand’s history with the slogan: “Health comes first, drink Agua do Vimeiro”
August 30

1949

1949
The Full Professor Herculano presents the chemical analysis informing the consumer that each liter of Água do Vimeiro contains 445 mg / liter. of bicarbonate, 114mg / liter. of calcium, 30.4mg / liter. of magnesium, ½ milligram of fluoride and a neutral pH, similar to our blood’s balance. With the…
August 29

1950

1950
Vimeiro launched a new commercial, which evidenced the benefits of Águas do Vimeiro.
August 28

1950

1950
The car fleet was renovated and decorated.
August 27

1951

1951
In 1951, the renowned physician and hydrologist Dr. Ascensão Contreiras, in his Hydrological Manual, stated that Água do Vimeiro was especially suitable for treatments of diseases of the intestines, liver, kidneys, bladder and skin.
August 26

1964

1964
In 1964, the first promotional brochure of the thermal touristic compound of Vimeiro and the bottling of Águas do Vimeiro was developed.
August 25

1964

1964
Águas do Vimeiro starts being recommended in the menus of cafes and restaurants.
August 24

1965

1965
Thanks to its unique features, Água do Vimeiro was already considered by many to be an ideal water to mix with whiskey.
August 23

1973

1973
This is the image of the label used in the bottles of the 70’s.
August 22

1977

1977
In 1977, a new industrial plant was built, a pioneer, in Portugal, of PET bottling.
August 21

1980

1980
In the 1980s, this was the look of PET and glass bottles.
August 20

1988

The Natural Water of Vimeiro, with and without bubbles, enters large retail (Hypermarkets, Cash & Carrys, Groups and Associations of Supermarkets). This has led the Vimeiro brand to leadership in its segment.
August 19

1990

In 1990, the brand slogan was changed to “Vimeiro – the origin of water”. With this change a new campaign was launched, conveying: “The primordial elements – water, fire, earth and air”.
August 18

2001

On October 17, 2001, the Espírito Santo Group, with an interest in the touristic, hotel and thermal complex, purchased the Empresa Águas do Vimeiro, turning it into a stock corporation.
August 17

2004

2004
In 2004, the construction of a new PET factory was completed.
August 16

2005

2005
The second half of 2005 marked the completion of the construction of a new glass bottling factory. In the same year, a new glass line was launched and the image of the PET line was renewed.
August 15

2008

2008
Vimeiro Launches: Vimeiro Sparkle – “The Black Label of Sparkling Waters”. A natural extra carbonated mineral water ,ideal to drink with whisky and with alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, or just to plain. An original glass bottle of 0.125ltr is the perfect dose to accompany …
August 14

2009

2009
In 2009 Vimeiro Sparkle sees its quality recognized at Termatália 09′ – International Thermal Tourism Fair, by winning the 1st prize, in the category of sparkling water, at the “Water Tasting” competition.
August 13

2009

2009
In order to satisfy the needs and taste of Vimeiro consumers, in 2009 Vimeiro launches: Vimeiro Lisa, a water with a light and fresh taste, perfect for all occasions.
August 12

2011

2011
In 2011 Vimeiro Lisa won the Silver medal at Termatália 11’ International Thermal Tourism Fair. Vimeiro Lisa saw its quality recognized by winning the silver medal in the “Still Waters” category of the “Water Tasting” competition.
August 11

2013

2013
In September 2013 Águas do Vimeiro Company was granted two certifications: one for Management and Quality and another for Food Safety.
August 10

2016

2016
On this year, Empresa Águas do Vimeiro Company was once again recognized for its top-quality service and superior food safety, by obtaining APCER’s FSSC 22000 standard.