Imagine going to your kitchen sink and turning on the tap to fill up a glass with some cool, refreshing water and getting a glass of wine instead. That’s exactly what happened earlier this month in a small Italian village near Modena, in the northern Emilia-Romagna region, when a fault at a local winery put the boozy drink into the water supply.
- It’s like a modern miracle! Turning water into wine? That’s a Jesus thing. However, it’s likely that many villagers were shocked, confused, and potentially a little freaked out when wine started pouring from their taps. They didn’t need to worry, however—it wasn’t the rapture, just a winery fault.
- It wasn’t straight-up wine, unfortunately. While it would have been nice if full-strength wine came pouring out of your taps, this wine, a variety that’s been around since the Etruscan period, was actually mixed with a bit of regular water. Despite keeping its distinctive fizzy pinkness, it probably wasn’t as good as it would be at full strength.
- That didn’t stop the villagers from bottling it up for later. According to the Gazette di Modena, those whose water supply was “tainted” by the wine were quick to the draw in bottling up the vino pouring from their taps to enjoy later (even if it wasn’t quite what you could get out of the bottle), gathering some even before the water board could get out and fix the issue, which they did pretty quickly.
- It was all down to a “technical fault” at the Setticani winery. It was a fault that worked in the favor of the people of the Castelvetro area, of course! It all happened when one of the silos used to store Setticani’s wine started leaking into the water supply. Pressure built, eventually ending with the wine being pushed into the villagers’ water supply, reports La Corriere.
- This is an occurrence the villagers aren’t likely to soon forget. The local council later apologized to the residents for the mishap, but something tells me they weren’t too bothered and would have been just fine with this being an ongoing issue, at least for awhile.