Italy’s First Free Wine Fountain Unveiled in Abruzzo, Italy
As if you needed another reason to visit Italy — Dora Sarchese Vineyard recently announced that they have built Italy’s first-ever wine fountain, pouring wine for free around the clock. As enticing as that is, Abruzzo, which is found along Central Italy’s Eastern shoreline of the Adriatic sea, is also one of Italy’s most beautiful regions.
This really is a first for Italy, but it’s not the first wine fountain found around the Old World (I had found a wine fountain during a visit to Ronda, Spain at an ancient Roman winery). In fact, this particular wine fountain was inspired by Bodegas Irache, another winery located within Navarra, Spain.
The concept was brought to life by Dora Sarchese owner Nicola D’Auria and his architect Rocco Antonini.
The main difference between Italy’s wine fountain and some of the others throughout Europe is that it will consistently flow with wine. Not only will the tap be continuous, but drinking the wine is also free.
As the fountain was only recently unveiled, for the time being, it will mostly flow during special events and occasions. However, it won’t be long until the fountain will flow continuously and visitors to Abruzzo can stop for bottomless glasses of delicious, locally produced wine.
Wine Fountain Announced Following Harvest
Harvest in the Northern hemisphere is a special time for wine enthusiasts. In a timely fashion, Dora Sarchese announced the unveiling of the fountain following their event on October 9th – “Dora and always,” which is when their Montepulciano Nitae grapes are both harvested, crushed and ultimately fermented.
Where To Find Italy’s Wine Fountain
Fittingly, the Dora Sarchese wine fountain can be found within Caldari di Ortona in Abruzzo. The specific location was picked carefully, as the fountain essentially lies on an ancient pathway named for St. Thomas, the “Cammino di San Tommaso.” The trail had connected Rome to Ortona where ultimately St. Thomas himself was buried.
Spiritually-minded individuals have traversed the path for years, and the concept of introducing a wine fountain along the trail is an invigorating thought for those looking to embark on a pilgrimage or simply take a visit to this beautiful location in Italy. You can find several stunning hotels to stay at in the Abruzzo area here.
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