Italian Cross-Connection Turns Water Into Wine
The tiny Italian town of Marino, south of Rome, was getting ready to host its annual harvest festival ― the Sagra dell’ Uva, where 3,000 liters of the year’s newly pressed vintage was supposed to be spurting from the Fountain of the Four Moors. When only a trickle of water was produced, the inhabitants began to get restless.
Suddenly, shouts of “miracolo” came from a house nearby, and a woman told the crowd that wine was flowing from her kitchen faucet.
It was uncovered that instead of connecting the wine to the 17th century fountain, plumbers had accidentally hooked the pipes from the local vineyard to Marino’s domestic water supply.