24-hour red wine fountain opens in Italy – Decanter

Written by on January 13, 2024

Anybody can drink from the wine fountain, but it is primarily to quench the thirst of those taking the Cammino di San Tommaso pilgrimage. Red wine is currently available 24 hours-a-day at the ‘fontana del vino’ and it works like a push-button drinking fountain.

It’s not the first public wine fountain in Italy. And it appears that there’s a history of wine fountains in Europe.

Tudor England’s King Henry VIII  and France’s King Francis I had a wine fountain for courtiers to enjoy during their meeting  in 1520, according to the UK’s Royal Collection Trust. A painting of that meeting depicts some court-goers slumped by the fountain’s base.  In Abruzzo, Dora Sarchese said its free red wine fountain was not for people to get drunk, but was a gesture to the town.

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