Wine Fountain 

 

This year has been a year of up and downs for the wine industry. While there might be a debate as to whether 2016 has been a good year or not, there are certain trends that were experienced again. One of those trends is the ever fluctuating price of iconic wine varieties, a probable indicator that the consumer’s taste has shifted.

 

On the bright side favourable events also happened this year. The most exciting one would be the opening of the first free wine fountain. Yes, you heard it right. Unlimited flow of fine wine for everyone.

 

According to a report by Catherine Edwards of 'The Local', an online source for English news in Italy, an Italian town in Abruzzo region has installed a 24-hour red wine fountain.

 

Winemaking has been a part of Abruzzo’s history. It is believed to have started dating back to 4th-century B.C. The region is located in central Italy and is known to be the home to Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane, the place where the second most planted red grape in Italy can be found.

 

The wine fountain or "Fontana del vino", is said to be the result of the collaboration between Dora Sarchese Vini winery and the group responsible for arranging the annual Cammino di San Tommaso (Way of St. Thomas) pilgrimages.

 

The pilgrimage entails a 196-mile long walk around some of the beautiful historical landmarks, popular Catholic sites, and austere stretches of farm road. It starts from the south of Rome and ends in Ortona. With multiple stops along the way, the journey can take about 15 days on foot.

 

Dora Sarchese Vini installed the structure and had the barrel filled with an unnamed style of locally-made red wine. Using a push-button mechanism, anybody can drink from the fountain. But it is said that its primary purpose is to help pilgrims of Cammino di San Tommaso quench their thirst or to cool off during the long journey of the modern pilgrimage.

 

However, the said fountain is not the first of its kind found in Europe. Based on historical records, wine fountains have started sometime in the 16th-century and is used for entertainment purposes by royalties.

 

Even if it is not the first wine fountain to be made, it certainly is a nice gesture for the people of Italy to enjoy its own refreshing wine – for free!

 

Quench your thirst for red wines here.

 

*Photo courtesy of Dora Sarchese Vini winery