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Italy To Reopen ‘Wine Windows,’ A Tradition Started During The Bubonic Plague
Restaurants and bars in Italy are returning to one of its oldest and quaint traditions with a dark past.
Several places across the Tuscany region are reviving small windows used during the bubonic plague to serve customers wine during the global coronavirus pandemic.
The wine windows known as buchette del vino, were used to sell the surplus of wine to Tusancy’s working class at the end of the 1600s from a small wooden door with a high arch. The wine windows were introduced centuries ago in a time period known as the Black Death which ultimately killed one-third of Europe’s population at the time.
The Bubonic Plague originated in Asia but the disease made its way to Italy during the late Middle Ages and spread throughout the continent from there.
“Everyone is confined to home for two months and then the government permits a gradual reopening,” the Wine Window Association website reads. “During this time, some enterprising Florentine Wine Window owners have turned back the clock and are using their Wine Windows to dispense glasses of wine, cups of coffee, drinks, sandwiches and ice cream — all germ-free, contactless!”
Italy was one of the countries hardest hit by the global health pandemic. The country reported more than 255,000 cases and over 35,000 deaths from the virus.
Europe’s popular wine destination isn’t the only country that is getting creative with serving wine.
Local leaders across various states in America have temporarily approved measures that will allow restaurants to serve to-go alcoholic drinks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Businesses are adapting as well by allowing customers to buy wine and spirits online and delivering wine right to customers’ doorsteps.