I came across this Italian version of a petrol/gas station at the Illuminati winery in Controguerra, northern Abruzzo. It basically is a wine station, where locals and visitors bring their empty wine barrels and fill them up with cheaply-priced quality red, white or rosé wine – the wines, called ‘vino sfuso’, are priced by the litre. The winery even has a facility to wash out the barrels before refilling them. This is one of the reasons why I love Italy! If you do visit the Illuminati winery, ask for a tasting and stock up on some bottles of the sublime Zanna Montepulciano d’Abruzzo red or the fragrant Pecorino white.
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Prego Keith, 🙂
Have a nice day.
I’m jealous that you get your wine from them. 😉 Thanks for pointing out the spelling mistake. Grazie!
It is in my region! 😀 Often I bought from one of those.
Only a small clarification, the name of the town is Controguerra, with A at the end 😉
What I would give to be living next to one of these!!!
LOL! That was probably a good thing. 🙂
Hi Barbara, I didn’t have any barrel with me. I did get a few bottles though of the Montepulciano D’Abruzzo. 🙂
That is actually amazing. Never seen or heard of that before!!
This is the coolest picture EVER! It’s so true — wine filling stations are a MUST in Italy. You didn’t mention how many liters you took away. LOL!
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