Italy Opens First Ever 24-Hour Wine Fountain

The Dora Sarchese winery recently announced that it has installed the world’s first free, 24-hour red wine fountain in the commune of Caldari di Ortona.

While anyone is permitted to drink from the fountana del vino, it’s primary purpose was to quench the thirst of those taking the Cammino di San Tommaso pilgrimage or “The Way of St. Thomas” route – a 15-day hike spanning 150 miles across the Apennines, from Rome to the Adriatic.

According to The Local, Dora Sarchese was inspired by a similar fountain built along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain.

“The wine fountain is a welcome, the wine fountain is poetry,” the Dora Sarchese vineyard wrote on its Facebook page. Noting that the fountain was not a place for “drunkards” or “louts.”

“The fountain is made by the famous Italian architect Rocco Valentini, so actually it’s not just a place to drink but a piece of modern art thanks to his work,” a spokesperson for Dora Sarchese told Mashable.

Each year during the Sagra dell’uva celebration, also known as the Marino Grape Festival, white wine flows from Italy’s most famous wine fountain, the “Fountain of the Four Moors,” located in the center of Marino.

In 2008, however, a plumbing error caused the wine to re-route into residents’ homes, leaving mayor Adriano Palozzi and the other locals who gathered around the fountain to give a prayer of thanks to the Virgin Mary quite disappointed.

“I was in the kitchen ready to do the housework and filled up a bucket with water,” local resident Anna told the Telegraph. “I was going to mop the floor with it but I immediately noticed a sweet smell from the tap and it was also slightly yellow – I recognized instantly it was wine,” she continued.

“I called my neighbors and they turned on their taps and it was the same – the word quickly spread and everyone filled up bottles and plastic containers with the wine. It all happened at the same time as Sagra dell’uva Grape Festival so everyone thought it was a miracle – I don’t think that the mayor and the other officials were very happy though.”

Mayor Palozzi described the incident as a “surprise” stating that it was “completely unexpected.”

“Several houses have been affected and people were calling it a miracle which it wasn’t – it was a mistake. I don’t think it dampened the enthusiasm of people at the festival and everyone still had a good time,” Palozzi told the Telegraph.

According to TravelSignPosts, the Sagra dell’uva commemorates the return of admiral Marcantonio Colonna to his hometown of Marino following his victory over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in October 1571; Marino sent more than 250 sailors into battle. Every October the Sagra is celebrated to give thanks for their safe return.

In other alcohol-flowing news, as if a wine fountain isn’t exciting enough, Belgium has built the world’s first beer pipeline in the city of Bruges in order to solve the city’s traffic problems.

“It was so important to find that solution for our mobility problem, because if we want to work in a modern way, from time to time we need to let trucks enter the historical city, and that is what we don’t like, because it is always a risk for the historical buildings and streets,” Burges’ mayor, Renaat Landuyt told Euronews.

The two-mile pipeline connects the Halve Maan brewery to a bottling plant on the outskirts of the city. According to the Wall Street Journal, the pipeline will be able to pump 1,500 gallons of beer per hour at 12 mph.

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