Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wine Fountain

On the way to Santiago de Compostella, in Spain, near the town of Estella, the pilgrim, after walking many kilometers feels thirsty and weak.
As soon as he passes Estella, an hour later, he reaches a monastery called "Monestario de Irache". This is where the gods finally listen to his plea and offer him this divine sight: A fountain of Red Wine!
Yes yes my friends, I do not joke. This very fountain here delivers free red wine to everyone that passes by. Just open the tap and drink!
The wine fountain was built in 1991 for the pilgrims. Of course, you can't just go and fill your buckets with wine, there are cameras and probably monks will come and scold you.. Or maybe the gods will cast lightning upon you!
So, next time you happen to be walking near Estella. Just continue a bit to reach the monastery and taste this gift from the winery to the pilgrims.
You can also view a live webcam by visiting the official site of the winery here.


1 comment:

Nick said...

I remember going there when I did the Camino a number of years back. We sort of didn't believe it would actually exist... and in some ways it didn't: a large group of "pilgrims" ahead of us had filled endless water bottles with the wine and pretty much drained it!

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