Italian town unveils 24 hour a day, free wine fountain

We’ve all heard the saying that insists free lunches don’t exist, but what about free wine? Well, in Cantina Dora Sarchese, free wine is exactly what’s on offer for pilgrims and tourists along the route of St Thomas.


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Cammino di San Tommaso joined forces with a local winery to actively promote the pilgrimage route, with the wine fountain now officially open in Caldari di Ortona.

A Gift to St Thomas

The relics of St Thomas are situated in Ortona cathedral, and the fountain is being presented as a gift to him. Anyone is permitted to drink from the fountain, although pilgrims are especially welcome. It is hoped that it will become a meeting point allowing wine connoisseurs from around the world to connect with each other.

In a bid to discourage unruly behaviour, the Dora Sarchese winery have taken to their Facebook page to reiterate that drunks are not welcome and will not be tolerated. So that’s a big ‘don’t even think about it’ to all stag dos!

A great deal of care and attention has gone into every aspect. A stone basin is situated within a large wine barrel structure, designed by Rocco Valentini, a local architect, and constructed entirely from recycled materials.

Wine Fountain Alternatives

If you aren’t lucky enough to have a wine fountain in your town, the next best thing is to order wine online and have it delivered to your door. If you’re wondering how do I order wine online, well, it’s very simple. If you aren’t sure exactly what you’re looking for, many websites have a section dedicated to their favourites or top sellers. They know their wine and that’s usually a great place to start.

As you can imagine, the fountain has, so far, proved to be very popular. Over 80% of people who responded to a poll carried out by Stylist Magazine said they would make a pilgrimage to visit the wine fountain.

It isn’t clear exactly which wine is flowing from the fountain, but as the Abruzzo region is particularly renowned for its reds we’re willing to bet it’s a good one! Whether you’re considering planning a visit or simply ordering a bottle online, we’re just pleased that so many share our love for great wines.