Vytautas is a very high mineral content water emerging from a spring on the outskirts of the town of Birstonas, Lithuania. The source is located in a natural sanctuary of 25 000 hectares of land, protected by the republic and recognized as a national treasure of unspoiled natural habitat. The Birštonas mineral spring waters was first mentioned in the chronicles of the crusader emissaries (Teutonic Knights) in 1382 as a “homestead at salty water”. By the mid- nineteenth century, after patients of various ailments were successfully treated by drinking the mineral water, a resort was established in the town of Birštonas. People came to the resort and word spread regarding the waters curative abilities. In 1924, carbonation was added to the mineral water and it was bottled and sold for wide scale consumption. All that was needed was a name and legend was able to provide one. Legend stated that the Grand Duke “Vytautas The Great”, who along with his soldiers, occasionally drank from the spring to recover from the toll of battle. Their speedy recover to full health made it a favorite for Vytautas and his men. He ordered that the water be made available for his men at all his castles. Hence the Grand Dukes name “Vytautas” lives on and a brand in his name was launched. First chemical analyses of Birštonas mineral waters was performed in 1843, though the effect of these waters was noticed already much earlier. In 1851 the professor Adolfas Abichtas from Vilnius University was researching these waters and identified that they are suitable for numerous applications. After the scientist proved that natural mineral waters „Vytautas" and „Birutė" can successfully be used not only under the resort conditions, the waters were commenced to bottle and apply for wide consumption in 1924. Today “Vytautas” is Lithuania’s most recognized and cherished brand of mineral water.
Vytautas the Great in the battle of Grunwald 1410
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