This is the kind of innovative, forward-thinking public works project we can get behind. We’re talking about a fountain that doles out wine to the public, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for free. Yep. Free wine in Italy via the Italian wine fountain.


The fontana del vino as it’s called can be found in Caldari di Ortona, in Abruzzo and was made primarily to serve those taking the Cammino di San Tommaso pilgrimage. Dora Sarchese is the winery behind this brilliant project. They shared photos on their Facebook page showing how they filled a barrel with wine and hooked it up to the fountain tap. No word on what kind of wine flows from the tap, but since they are located in the Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC we have to guess it’s decent enough.


Lest you think you can just post up outside the fountain for days on end, the winery did make a few things clear. First and foremost “the wine fountain is a welcome, the wine fountain is poetry,” and second they don’t want the local drunkards abusing their goodwill. Finally, they said it was not a publicity stunt, though even if it were would anyone complain?

Sadly we don’t think any cities and towns in the states will be adopting this sort of project, which means you’ll need to plan your own pilgrimage to Italy. But free wine in Italy doesn’t sound too bad, eh?

Via The Local IT