A fountain flowing solely with red wine has appeared in the Abruzzo region, just east of Rome
The Dora Sarchese winery said on its Facebook page that it had installed the free, 24-hour red wine fountain in the commune of Caldari di Ortona. The fontana del vino can be found along the Cammino di San Tommaso, a popular pilgrimage route that runs between Rome and Ortona. And the best part: you can drink as much as you like… for free.
Anybody can drink from the wine fountain, but it is primarily to quench the thirst of those taking the Cammino di San Tommaso pilgrimage.
Red wine is currently available 24 hours-a-day at the ‘fontana del vino’ and it works like a push-button drinking fountain.
Its launch is part of a joint endeavor with a non-profit organization that maintains the Cammino di San Tommaso pilgrimage route, where thousands of pilgrims and tourists make the journey from Rome to Ortona each year, in order to visit the city’s cathedral where the remains of Thomas, one of Jesus’s disciples are kept.
It’s not the first public wine fountain in Italy. While other wine fountains have previously been introduced in the country, this one is being promoted as the first “proper” one to offer a 24/7 flow.
In Abruzzo, Dora Sarchese said its free red wine fountain was not for people to get drunk, but was a gesture to the town.