A fountain that dispenses wine instead of water sounds like something out of a fairy tale, but it’s actually real. The first of its kind opened in central Italy on Sunday, reports the Local. Called the Fontana del Vino, it’s located in Caldari di Ortona along a popular pilgrimage route. Patrons help themselves to a glass of locally-produced Montepulciano whenever they please.
The fountain was a collaboration between Dora Sarchese Vineyard and a group that promotes the Cammino di San Tommaso, which sees thousands of religious pilgrims travel to Ortona every year to visit the basilica where the remains of Saint Thomas are kept. Pilgrims are encouraged to savor a glass of wine as they walk, though it’s important to remember that the liquid does have some alcohol in it. And because of this, it’s recommended that you only drink a small amount if you’re tired or feeling under the weather.
Creating your own wine bottle fountain is an easy and fun DIY project. The key is to find bottles that fit well into the design you’re working on. You’ll also need a water pump and tubing, which can be purchased at most hardware stores. Choosing a model that has an adjustable flow rate will allow you to customize the look of your fountain.
You can obtain the necessary wine bottles for your project by asking friends and family to save their empty ones or by visiting local wineries. Be sure to choose bottles that are clear or without labels, as you’ll want the design of your fountain to be visually appealing.wine fountains