The history of Calistoga, a small town nestled in the Upper Napa Valley of California, began more than 500 years ago when the Wappo Indians discovered its geyser springs. The Wappo tribe traveled to the source to soak in the hot mineral pools and, due to the health benefits they claimed to enjoy, called the region "Tu-la-halusi...land of health-giving springs." Years later in the 1860's, during the gold rush, California pioneer and entrepreneur Sam Brannan founded the present day town of Calistoga and developed it into a resort, forever making "Calistoga" synonymous with good health. The town got its name, the story goes, when Brannan claimed he would make the town the Saratoga of California; only it came out "the Calistoga of Sarifornia."
The town developed and prospered but it took Giuseppe Musante's arrival to spark interest in the refreshing taste of the mineral water. Giuseppe Musante owned a soda fountain and candy store in Calistoga called The Railway Exchange where he sold ice cream, sodas, phosphates and other delicacies. In 1920, while drilling for a cold water well at The Railway Exchange, Musante tapped into a hot water geyser that blew him off his scaffold and burned him so badly he had to be hospitalized. Giuseppe had discovered the Calistoga geyser. Giuseppe sold the mineral water from the geyser as well as a number of soft drinks, out of his soda fountain until 1924, when he set up a bottling line and began selling Calistoga Sparkling Mineral Water.
Today, Calistoga Beverage Company is proud to include Calistoga® Brand Mineral Water in all Calistoga® Branded products. The water contains minerals found directly at the source in Calistoga. Going forward, the company will continue to innovate and bring delicious, refreshing products to consumers.