The ancient Romans used to say, in vino veritas, but they knew there was much more: because they knew there also a good dose of healthiness in what was considered the nectar of the Gods in the classical era.
As we know, red wines are rich in polyphenols, and, for example, resveratrol is one of the powerful antioxidants that combats the harm brought on by stroke. And in terms of the heart, polyphenols prevent deposits in the arteries and the formation of plaque; while in terms of the digestion, again, the polyphenols reduce the accumulation of unhealthy substances in fatty foods.
Lastly, we should also remember how in countries like the U.S. and Finland, heart attack mortalities are 4-5 times greater than those in France and Italy, where the consumption of wine is roughly 10 times greater.
Italian wines contain double the amount of antioxidant substances as do products from California and they contain 4 times the amount of those found in French wines.
But these observations must not lead to excessive consumption.
—Fabrizio Bindocci, winemaker