Fonte Sole, located at the heart of the village of Nuvolento in Lombardy, is a family operated business with a long-standing awareness of environmental and social concerns.
Originally founded by Battista Bodei in 1896, it is now his
grandson Giuseppe who continues the tradition of only employing local people. Many years ago, before environmental concerns were paramount, Giuseppe took the decision to bottle Sole Classic in bottles made from recycled glass and to use recycled paper for the labels. Their marketing materials are designed by a social enterprise.
Fonte Sole is an active supporter of the local community, supplying its pure water without cost to the pupils of the local school.
Naturalness has historically been a core part of Fonte Sole's ethos – the natural mineral water they bottle flows directly from the Source into the bottling production line with only the addition of CO2 (itself harvested from a natural process) to create the renowned delicate carbonation of Sole sparkling
Around the year 1000, the population of Nuvolento was ravaged by plague. At the time the area was under the control of Benedictine monks and they built their monastery near a water source. To gauge the extent of the plague, the monks would go around knocking on doors: "Ego Sum" was the response that meant the plague had not entered that house. After the epidemic was over, the monks noticed that the only people surviving the plague were those with access to the water from the source near the monastery. They then decided to name that part of the country "Sum". The existing convent on the site of the old monastery and the road named "Antica Fonte", "Ancient Way of the Source" gives credence to this legend.