Wine lovers rejoice: A small town in Italy has installed a red wine fountain that dispenses free flowing wine to both tourists and pilgrims. Modeled after a similar medieval construct from Henry VIII, the wine fountain in Caldari di Ortona follows centuries of tradition of providing the free beverage to common-folk.
- Ortona was also the site of a vicious fight between the Canadians and German paratroopers in the Moro River Campaign of 1943.
- From Charlemagne to the French Revolution pilgrims making any one of the thousands of pilgrimages across Europe could be sure of a meal and beaker of wine at a monastery or abbey – which of course owned huge tracts of vineyards.
- Henry VIII had a wine fountain made for his meeting with Francis I at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520.
“The winery has not said what wine is dispensed from the fountain but the region is the home of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG.”