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Water turns to wine in Italy as red wine flows out of household taps

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Normal water supplies have been disrupted in a small town in northern Italy, as domestic taps started spewing local red Lambrusco wine instead of drinking water.

The incident, reported on the front page of Thursday’s Il Resto del Carlino newspaper, happened Wednesday in Castelvetro di Modena, about 200 kilometres south-east of Milan.

It was caused by a technical fault in the internal piping of a local winery, as wine due for bottling was mistakenly introduced in the main water supply of the municipality.

The winery, Cantina Settevetro, wrote on Facebook that “the incident caused no hygienic or health risks” and apologized “for any possible inconvenience caused by the event.”

The municipality gave similar reassurances on Facebook, stressing that the problem was resolved quickly. According to Il Resto del Carlino, it took “just over an hour” to fix.

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