The Volvic natural mineral water spring is in the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park, at the heart of an ecosystem of forests and moors.
Volcanic eruptions, the first of which occurred 100,000 years ago, gradually created a natural filter, which has now become the basin for Volvic natural mineral water.
A protected site at the heart of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park
The Volvic spring, which is at the heart of Chaîne des Puys, benefits from a special location that guarantees the purity of the water from the outset. The catchment area (area where rainwater and snowmelt infiltrate into the ground), where the population density has remained low, covers 38 km². The man-made activities in the area are primarily forestry and farming, to a lesser extent, in the form of growing crops or rearing livestock. The Volvic catchment area is located within the confines of a landscape for which listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site has been proposed, a project backed by the Puy-de-Dôme Departmental Council.
A five-year journey through a vast natural filter
Volvic natural mineral water begins its journey as rainwater and snowmelt that fall in the catchment area. Some of this water infiltrates into the ground. Volvic water then flows through six layers of volcanic rock over a period of around five years during its underground journey. The water is preserved by the volcanic layers, and is naturally protected from any pollution.
It is this long journey via this vast natural filter that gives Volvic natural mineral water its oligo-mineral composition and its unique taste. Volvic water, which is drawn at a depth of 90 metres, stands out due to its purity, its low mineral content, and the consistency of its composition. The French Academy of Medicine recognised Volvic natural mineral water is beneficial to health in 1965.