Velvet moments: travel photo – wine station in Abruzzo

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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9 Responses to “Velvet moments: travel photo – wine station in Abruzzo”

  1. Mirko 09/05/2012 8:58 am

    Prego Keith, 🙂

    Have a nice day.

  2. velvet 09/05/2012 12:24 am

    Hi Mirko,
    I’m jealous that you get your wine from them. 😉 Thanks for pointing out the spelling mistake. Grazie!


  3. Mirko 08/05/2012 11:49 pm

    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 😉

  4. Jim Ferri 03/05/2012 4:59 pm

    What I would give to be living next to one of these!!!

  5. Barbara 01/05/2012 6:32 pm

    LOL! That was probably a good thing. 🙂

  6. velvet 01/05/2012 6:05 pm

    Hi Barbara, I didn’t have any barrel with me. I did get a few bottles though of the Montepulciano D’Abruzzo. 🙂

  7. Emma holiday rentals 30/04/2012 5:33 pm

    That is actually amazing. Never seen or heard of that before!!

  8. Barbara 30/04/2012 4:39 pm

    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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