Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Where Wine Flows Freely From the Fountains

Retz, Austria.  Free wine flowing from the main square fountains—your choice: red wine in the fountain closest to the tower, white in the fountain next to it. A recipe for a successful event if ever there was one, enticing us to drive an hour north of Vienna to see for ourselves.  The village of Retz, known for its many kilometers of underground wine cellars stretching into the Czech Republic, its wine production, its working windmill, and its annual Weinlesefest, now in its 58th year, sure knows how to throw a party.

Fountain One, soon to flow with white wine:

The red wine fountain:

The Wine Queen gets the first taste...

...As the photographers and TV stations crowd around to snap away at her and her court.

Then it was everyone's turn.  Most had wine glasses to fill...

But some had plastic cups...

And even paper coffee-to-go-cups...

The whine verdict was that the white was tastier than the red.

1 comment:

  1. Now that's a town that knows how to party. You must not have drunk too much wine as it's hard to hold a wine glass and run a camera at the same time. Your photos show two handed skill and sobriety. Answered your questions on my blog.