Fontana del vino, is a fountain of wine setup by the Dora Sarchese vineyard in the Italian town of Caldari di Ortona, Abruzzo. This fountain dispenses free red wine to anyone and everyone looking to quench their thirst, and remains open day or night, 24/7, 365 days a year.1 Pilgrims are allowed to have their fill but not allowed to parcel the drink for future consumption. The fountain is intended to act as a resting place and recharger to pilgrims traversing through the Italian town, heading to Cammino Di San Tommaso, a popular and well known Italian pilgrimage. The wine fountain was designed and created by a famous Italian architect named Rocco Valentini. The architect is famed for creating stunning pieces of architecture throughout the country.
The Fontana del vino isn’t the only free wine fountain in the country, but it’s the only constant one, as it delights passersby with a drink throughout the year. The Marino Wine Festival, held annually, also features a fountain that gushes out white wine for consumption.2 The popular tourist spot attracts thousands of visitors during peak hours. In a freak accident during the festival, residents were treated to sparkling wine gushing out of their home taps. This was attributed to a plumbing mistake where the wine was diverted to homes, instead of the fountain. Sagra della Ciambella al Mosto is another Italian festival where wine fountains have a presence.
Wine fountains also make their appearance in neighboring France. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a small French village that hosts an annual wine festival called Fete de la Veraison, where onlookers and visitors can gulp down on fresh red wine through a public fountain. Spain has their own free wine fountain that’s open from morning to evening. Bodegas Irache is a local Spanish winery in the city of Estella that provides free wine to Spanish pilgrims who are on their way to the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage.3