Going to Italy and visiting the Tuscan vineyards and the Chianti region is high on the list of any traveller with a penchant for wine. This is usually followed with a look at bottles that are within budget or even stretching a bit for a sip of ‘nectar’ from that one brilliant batch of grapes, aged to perfection. Now, what if someone told you that you fill up your wine glasses for free – and at a fountain, no less?
In most areas of the world, public drinking fountains expel tap water, but the newest public drinking fountain in Italy flows red with wine – and it’s free! The 24-hour, seven days a week “fontana del vino” in Caldari di Ortona has been installed by Dora Sarchese vineyard winery.
There’s no catch or gimmick, the vineyard owners explained. Nor is the fountain for “drunkards” or “louts”, they say on the vineyard’s Facebook page. They simply wanted to provide a service that had been previously unheard of in Italian history, according to The Local news.
“The wine fountain is a welcome, the wine fountain is poetry,” Dora Sarchese posted. The fountain is located along a popular trail, the Cammino di San Tommaso, which is used by thousands of Catholics every year on the pilgrimage to see the remains of Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples.
Now, travellers can enjoy some Biblical-style refreshment along the long journey.
Till now, wine fountains in Italy had only been used for holidays and special occasions. One of the most famous is in Marino where white wine flows from the public water fountain taps for an hour during the city’s annual grape festival. There is even an annual wine festival in northern Italy, which is much like the Indian Holi, except that people spray each other with wine instead of water!
This, though, is the first known fountain to distribute free wine all day, every day.
So, have you checked out a flight to Italy already?