Bless You Italy and Your New Free Public Wine Fountain

The country’s first free, 24/7 wine tap opens in Abruzzo, dispensing locally produced montepulciano

By Dan Q. Dao

Published on October 17, 2016

These are dark times we live in, but from Italy comes a magenta-tinted ray of light. The Dora Sarchese Vineyard in the Abruzzo region has unveiled the country's first round-the-clock wine fountain, The Local reports. Equally as important, it's completely free.

Located on the Cammimo di San Tommaso, a pilgrimage road connecting Rome and Ortona, the fontana del vino offers a constant flow of locally produced montepulciano d'Abruzzo, a red wine made from the area's indigenous montepulciano grape. Vineyard consultant Fausto Di Nella said the project began as a partnership between the vineyard and an organization that maintains the highly-traversed route.

"We opened the fountain as a gift for the Cammimo di San Tommaso," explained Di Nella. "But it's also a meeting place for wine lovers."

Wine fountain at Dora Sarchese Vineyard

The fountain was inspired by a similar concept located on Spain’s Camino de Santiago, another pilgrimage route. And although it’s not Italy’s first wine-dispensing fountain, the Abruzzo installation is allegedly the first to remain open 24 hours a day.

Writing on their Facebook page, the owners of the Dora Sarchese Vineyard said, "Fountain of Wine is welcome, the Fountain of Wine is poetry." We truly couldn't agree more.

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