Although wine flowing freely out of a fountain sounds too good to be true, on the contrary this dream has become a reality. At least for the residents of Abruzzo in Italy anyway.
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Visitors to the Caldari di Ortona can enjoy locally produced wine that will flow from the ‘fontana del vino’. Not only is this service completely free (I know right?) but it is also accessible 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
The fountain is located along a popular pilgrimage route called the Cammino di San Tommaso, so while travellers are trekking through, they can stop for a nice wine break along the way. The Dora Sarchese vineyard, who provide the wine, said:
The wine fountain is a welcome, the wine fountain is poetry.
However, while thousands of people pass through this region each year, in order to eventually make it to Ortona where the remains of Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples are kept, the vineyard has pointed out that this fountain is not for “drunkards” or “louts.”
I’m not sure how they are going to monitor this service, but I’m guessing the people passing through this area of the world are not wrong’uns. Could you imagine if they opened one of these in the UK? It would be utter carnage. We can’t even be trusted to have cups made out of glass at pubs, let alone a free wine fountain. It just wouldn’t happen.
Still, if you ever find yourself in that corner of the world, make a pit stop and be sure to make the UK proud. Although maybe don’t drink 11 bottle’s worth – we all know that it wouldn’t end well.