A free, 24-hour wine fountain. Where? In Italy!

October 17, 2016

Did you know that there is a free, 24-hour wine fountain in the town of Caldari, near Ortona, Italy? The wine fountain, located in the region of Abruzzo, is almost a dream come true: it dispenses a locally-made wine to the public absolutely for free and it does it 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The “Fontana del vino” is located at the Dora Sarchese Vineyard in Caldari, and was inaugurated only a few days ago. A huge crowd participated and tasted the amazing red wine, served in fine glasses, completely understanding the meaning and appeal of the whole project: not a hangout for drunks, but more a fabulous roadside attraction for wine and Italy lovers.

Unsurprisingly, the wine fountain is located along a popular pilgrimage route, the Cammino di San Tommaso which, each years, welcomes thousands of pilgrims coming from all over Italy and abroad. The route connects Rome to Ortona, where the body of Thomas the disciple is said to be buried.

Typically Italian, this charming fountain is not, in some ways, unique: only a month ago, the world’s fist underground beer pipeline debuted in Bruges, Belgium. Well, at each its own, right? Belgium has the best beer, Italy the best wines.

Needless to say, the Fontana del Vino has already become an attraction, even on social media. Inspired by a similar fountain along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain, it was designed to allow visitors and pilgrims to taste an amazing and genuine local red wine. Basically, to bring a locally-produced delicatessen to the masses: that’s why Dora Sarchese already declared that everyone is welcome to take a sip.


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