Water turns to wine in northern Italian town

The glitch lasted around three hours.
The glitch lasted around three hours. Photo credit: Twitter.

In Italy, water turned to wine... but only for a few hours. 

Red wine flowed from the taps of 20 homes in the northern town of Castelvetro, Italy, on Wednesday.

A malfunction at a local winery caused 1000 litres of ready-to-be-bottled Lambrusco to flow through the pipes and into homes. 

The glitch lasted around three hours.

"At a time where we have very little to smile about, I'm glad we brought some levity to others," Giorgia Mezzacqui, deputy mayor of Castelvetro told CNN. "Hopefully some day they'll remember us and will want to come visit us."

Castelvetro has suffered a massive drop in tourism thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak in northern Italy.

The local winery, known as the Cantina Settecani, said the technical malfunction was caused by a faulty valve in the washing circuit within the bottling line.

Despite the malfunction, the wine was appreciated by many. 

"Some clients in the areas called us to warn us about it, and to share they were bottling the wine," the Winery said.

Local news reported residents "bottled as much of the precious liquid as they could, to enjoy later at lunch or dinner along with other typical Modenese specialties," wrote the Gazzetta di Modena.