History in years

According to an old legend, Värska water has miraculous powers. A bereaved widow named Maarja was weeping by the holy springs. The tears of pure love instilled power in the water rising to the surface from the depths of the earth. The thirsty can draw health, strength and long life from Värska water. There’s always a grain of truth in folklore. Värska mineral waters contain beneficial elements that have a favourable effect on the entire body. The area around Värska are more long-lived people than anywhere else in Estonia.

1967
The first mineral water bore well was drilled in Värska in 1967.
1967
1973
Mineral water bottling started in 1973. The mineral water comes from a bore well of 470 metres in depth. In the 1970s, the water began to be marketed in Estonia. The mineral water was bottled in 0.5 l glass bottles.
1973
1986
In 1986, a GDR-made NAGEMA production line was installed at Värska, allowing 15,000 half-litre glass bottles to be filled per hour. The marketing of water spread to Latvia, Pskov oblast, St. Petersburg and Belarus. In 1987, 17 million bottles of mineral water rolled off the line.
1986
1993
On 1 June 1993, the enterprise was reorganized as AS Värska Vesi, which operates the bottling plant to this date and also produces flavoured waters, non-carbonated drinking waters from a 150 m deep well, and kvass.
1993
1995
In 1995, the plant began bottling in PET containers. During Estonia’s re-independence period, mineral water has been exported to Latvia.
1995
2003
Since 2003, AS Värska Vesi’s production facilities meet European Union standards.
2003
2005
As of 2005, Värska mineral water is Estonia’s only certified natural mineral water!
2005
2008
In 2008, a new 1300 m² modern warehouse was built, including new non-work rooms for employees.
2008
2010
In April 2010, installation of a new production line began. The line entered into operation on 19 May 2010. The amount of the investment is close to EEK 48 million (over EUR 3 million). Enterprise Estonia provided 40% of the cost of the purchase (nearly EEK 18 million).
2010
2012
In spring 2012, a new 1000 m² production warehouse was completed, and in June, a bottling line for glass bottles was launched.
2012
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