Wine Windows

Medieval 'wine windows' reopen, reviving Italian plague tradition

Thus, the "wine windows," or buchette del vino, of Tuscany. They are just as they sound: pint-size hatches, carved into the concrete walls of urban wineries and shops, where beverage merchants would serve sips at a safe social distance.

First introduced in the 1600s, their true purpose went untapped for centuries after the plague -- that is, until a new one came along this year.

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9 Responses:

  1. Tha_14 says:

    That's pretty cool. I was not aware these existed.

  2. Eric says:

    Someone pointed these out to me when I was in Florence a few years ago. I was incredibly disappointed to learn they weren't being used.

    • e says:

      I'd be tempted to travel (drive) there just to see for myself. If only I had a car. And a drivers license.

    • MattyJ says:

      I am currently disappointed that they now have to be used.

      • jwz says:

        Maybe pneumatic tubes will make a comeback. Maybe the Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel will become real.

  3. margaret says:

    i'm putting one in my house so i can pass whisky to myself. i'll carve "2020" into the door. people will understand.

    for some reason the little doors reminded me of this old tv show.

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