It is true: in Italy, there is a fountain that provides red wine for free 24 hours a day throughout the year. This is an initiative of the winery Dora Sarchese, with the purpose of offering a comforting glass of wine to the pilgrims who stop in the region of Abruzzo during their trajectory on the Cammino di San Tommaso.
In Italy there are other sources of wine such as Carosino (Taranto), San Floriano del Collio (Gorizia) or Marino (Rome). However, you can only enjoy their wines during special occasions like their respective patron saint festivities. In fact, a technical error in the preparation of the Marino fountain for the 2008 Grape Festival in Marino made wine come from the taps of all the houses in this town during one season. What differentiates the Fontana from the Abruzzo Wine is that it is the first source that offers wine throughout the year in a completely free way and without any restrictions of schedule.
Inspired by the Irache Fountain, which offers wine from the Navarra Irache winery to the pilgrims who walk the Camino de Santiago, this fountain welcomes those who walk from Rome to the Cathedral of Santo Tomás de Ortona to visit the holy remains. In this way they carry on an old European tradition, in which monasteries and abbeys gave wine to those pilgrims who sought refuge during their journey following the steps of saints. From the time of Charlemagne to the French Revolution, the monks who inhabited these spaces quenched the thirst of travellers, penitents and religious who came to their doors, with wines made from the fruits of their ancient vineyards.
In spite of its short existence, the source is already a tourist success of the region. Visitors are starting to see queues to admire the design of the famous Italian architect Rocco Valentini, as well as taste the red wine that comes from it. An excellent option to taste a glass of delicious local red wine with D.O. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane, while enjoying the beautiful landscape of this region bathed by ancient vineyards.
Tenuta Ulisse Nativae Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2013
Tenuta Ulisse Amaranta Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2013