Now, here’s a trend that we are totally willing to embrace — Wine Windows. Italy has revived an age-old tradition of serving wine through windows. Here is everything you need to know about this beautiful custom. By Amitha Ameen

 

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While it is no hidden fact that the Coronavirus outbreak has taken many things from us including our beloved summer vacations, there are a few things that have been making a comeback during this time — that we are totally loving. Wineries, bars, and other quintessential Italian restaurants have adopted an age-old medieval practice to serve drinks and other food items as well.

Originally practised during the 1400s to serve surplus wine to the working class, these ‘wine windows’ were later used during the bubonic plague, another pandemic that gripped the country during the 1600s. Buchette Del Vino as they are known in Italian, these windows typically feature a small wooden door in the wall with a high arch.

 

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Today businesses across Italy are reviving the age-old wine window culture as a way of incorporating social distancing norms while ensuring their establishments run smoothly. Before these wine windows were reactivated for contactless serving, thanks to COVID-19, these iconic landmarks were often overlooked by tourists and locals alike, with some windows even being sealed shut as they served no purpose.

Today, the wine windows in Italy have received a new lease of life and that’s helping business owners serve just not wine, but even gelatos and coffees as everyone is trying to navigate through the new normal while taking measures to prevent transmission of the virus.

 

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Italy was one of the worst-hit countries at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, but the country has efficiently turned around its Coronavirus calamity and even become a role model nation for other counties that are currently dealing with the outbreak. While the country maintains its Coronavirus case range, authorities continue to urge Italians to keep their guards up until a more permanent solution can be implemented.

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