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 rosΓ© 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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