Water is turned into wine on tap in Italian village

Rome: Two thousand years after Jesus's fabled intervention at the wedding in Galilee, water has again been turned into wine – this time in a village in Italy.

Villagers in Settecani had a welcome surprise when red wine started pouring from their bathroom and kitchen taps. And not just any old wine. It was Lambrusco, the sparkling red that connoisseurs have long dismissed as fizzy plonk but which is currently undergoing renewed appreciation.

The wine flowed freely in one Italian village.

The bizarre mix-up happened on Wednesday in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna. The local winery, Cantina Settecani, is connected to the public water supply, but a valve malfunction during maintenance meant that instead of water being piped into its bottling plant, wine started flowing out.

"I was just about to have a shower but when I turned on the water, a liquid came out that looked like wine," a local told the Italian press. "My first thought was that it was a problem with the boiler but then I noticed the smell. It was Lambrusco."

Staff at the winery spotted the problem after an hour and turned off the supply, but not before about 1000 litres of premium Lambrusco Grasparossa Castelvetro DOP (up to $27 a bottle) had been piped into local homes.

"The staff intervened quickly, much to the disappointment of the locals, some of whom had started bottling it," said spokesman Luisa Malaguti.

"People are talking about it as 'the miracle of Settecani' and comparing it to the story of Jesus turning water into wine." But the reality was more prosaic.

She said: "The pressure of the wine was greater than that of the water and the wine flooded into the public water network."

The winery, founded in 1923, produces a million bottles of Lambrusco each year and the loss of 1000 litres was "not serious", she added.

Telegraph, London

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