Free Wine Fountain, Open 24/7!!
Oh… didn’t we mention? It’s in Italy.
That’s ok. Go ahead and pack. We’ll explain while we wait, then we can all hop a plane.
Now where were we? Right. Free wine fountain.
No, not like that. That’s a Bacchus fountain in Brazil which is filled with wine for special occasions like many fountains in Italy.
There’s a famous story of the fountain in Marino, where once a year at the Grape Festival the fountain runs with white wine instead of water for one hour. In 2008 a “plumbing error” caused the wine to run through the taps of local homes instead of the fountain. Understandably, the locals proclaimed this a miracle.
But this… this is something new.
Thousands of pilgrims and tourists make the journey from Rome to Ortona, in order to visit the city’s cathedral where the remains of Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, are kept. The new fountain is a joint project of the vineyard and the non-profit organization which maintains and promoted the pilgrimage route.
Doesn’t look much like a traditional fountain, does it? It almost resembles… a sink.
Because of the design, this doesn’t have to be a holidays-only thing. And the winery says this is no publicity stunt. Their Facebook page proclaims “The wine fountain is a welcome, the wine fountain is poetry,” while making clear that it’s not for for “drunkards” or “louts”.
The fountain is already a hit with tourists and travelers, and is becoming famous for its unique claim.
The Ortona fountain is not the first in Italy to offer wine, but its creators describe it as the country’s first ‘proper’ wine fountain, because the wine will be accessible every day.
So, what do you say? Got your stuff packed, and ready to jump on a flight to Italy with us?
Or… wait… just maybe…
Should we make a Laurita fountain of our very own, and save the jetlag?