According to an old Georgian legend, the name Borjomi comes from the combination of two words: “borj” (fortress) and “omi” (war). In the past, wars were frequent there, and Borjomi town had an advantageous location in the Borjomi Gorge. The mountains surrounding the town served as a natural fortress, strengthened by watchtowers built on their slopes.
The first attempt at commercial production of bottled Borjomi water was made in the faraway year 1850, when Borjomi military hospital’s chemist Zakharov filled 1,300 bottles with this mineral water and took them to Tiflis for sale.
In 1900, the production output of Borjomi mineral water, for the first time, exceeded one million bottles a year.
In 1980, Borjomi water became the first widely recognized brand in the Soviet Union, with its white and red label familiar to almost every consumer. Up to 1 million half-liter bottles were sold daily, and the annual production output reached the record-breaking 400 million bottles. With Borjomi becoming the most popular water in the USSR, the brand has earned a place in the history of the entire country.
Today, Borjomi is produced from the same source as in 1890, traveling more than 2,000 km to reach the consumer.
The signature bluish-green color of the Borjomi bottle is patented and has its own name: Georgian Green.
During Winston Churchill’s visits to the Soviet Union, Borjomi bottles were always placed on the table beside him as part of the official protocol.
On return from his mission into outer space, the first thing Yuri Gagarin asked for was a bottle of Borjomi. This story was told by Professor Volovich, who was responsible for medical support of the search-and-rescue operation.
During theatrical play rehearsals, the famous Soviet stage director Georgy Tovstonogov always sat in the parterre’s 12th row, where a bottle of Borjomi was always placed for him in advance.
The scene of Solaris scientific conference in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris features Borjomi bottles on the tables. When shooting this scene, members of the film crew argued that as the story was set in the distant future, the labels should be turned away from the camera or pasted over with some other, invented labels. But the film’s director was adamant: he insisted that the labels must remain clearly visible, because he believed that Borjomi would definitely exist even in the distant future.
Borjomi is more than 1500 years old by natural standards, but its mineral composition remains the same. Regular laboratory tests performed since 1890 confirm that.
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