It seems that Italians do their best to make sure that I am continually in love with them and their country. Well they out did themselves this time. An Italian town now has a 24/7 fountain that dispenses wine instead of water—and it doesn’t cost a cent to drink. The fountain was installed in Ortona, Abruzzo, an Italian town south of Rome that’s known for its red Montepulciano wine grapes (which by the way we will have a magnificent Montepulciano Vino Nobile at our next NOTOCON wine tasting ) . People have been making wine in the region since the 6th Century B.C.
Edwards explains that the wine fountain came out of a collaboration by a winemaker and an organization that promotes a popular pilgrimage route called the “Way of St. Thomas.” The 196 mile pilgrimage connects historical churches and abbeys and is popular with Roman Catholic visitors who walk the entire path on foot from Rome. In Ortona, the Basilica of St. Thomas the Apostle holds what are said to be the remains of Saint Thomas himself, who was an apostle of Jesus.