all about health

Let’s dive a little deeper

“The core of what the impassioned wine producer does is to take the very essence of the grape and work with that juice as would an alchemist, a perfumier, a distiller. When this is done by a genius the result is not only pure “nectar” but the body recognises, as it smells and tastes, that this is not only healthy but lifegiving."

Neil Perry
Good wine really is medicinal!

Recent clinical research studies in France, UK, and the USA have proven that: 

  • Being teetotal increases heart attack risk by 30% according to an independent study by University College London with data from two million people in Britain.
  • Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that women who drank one measure of alcohol a day live 1.5 years longer than those who don’t drink alcohol and men drinking up to two measures a day live 1.3 years longer than their teetotal counterparts.
  • A glass of dry wine with food improves insulin sensitivity. The study of 200 people over two years found 150ml of red or white wine improved blood sugar regulation. In particular white wine drinkers whose average blood sugar levels sank by no less than 17mg per decilitre.
  • Once you are between 50-60, when our risk of cardiovascular disease increases, the positive effects of alcohol really kick in! A glass a day and you will not only live 1-2 years longer but, have 40% less likelihood of having a heart attack and 30% less likelihood of contracting diabetes versus the control group of teetotal drinkers. 

Why is it that the people in Gascony have a fatty diet of Duck, Fois Gras and Pates yet are not fat and live to a ripe old age? The answer is the local grape types and in particular the red Tannat grape.

The Tannat is the one of top two most health-giving grape varieties in the world, by a long stretch, and only to be found in abundance (currently) in SouthWest France and Uruguay! Double the number of the all-important antioxidants (like resveratrol) and polyphenols are to be found in the skin of the Tannat grape, four times that of its closest rival Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tannat power: Polyphenol content in red wine 
Merlot -1000mg
Cabernet Sauvignon - 1100mg
Tannat - 4000mg
Sagrantino - 4100mg

Much of the recent clinical research has proven that it is in fact not the wine itself, but the trace minerals in the grape skins, carefully teased from the stone and earth then mixed with sunlight –  that are the reason for the huge health potential of wine.

Trace Minerals 

When these trace minerals are held in suspension in wine, as for essential oils or perfume, this allows the transport of those trace minerals in the most efficacious manner to the bloodstream and from there to the primary organs of the body that require them.

This data combines with the fact that not all plants are created equally, which is a key factor of why it’s wine – rather than something like orange juice, that can extend your lifespan.

Where do the trace minerals come from?

The vine plant has the deepest roots of any plant, even deeper than the earth’s largest trees. In some desert regions these roots are up to 40 metres deep, even breaking granite in their constant search for water.

Vines grow in nearly every type of soil, but to take one type especially well known, chalky limestone…..

Limestone

Famous for quality winemaking, Limestone is found in many famous regions, formed from decomposed organic material from the ancient seabed. Limestone offers good drainage in wet weather but retains water in dry weather. It has high pH as it can reflect sunlight to promote photosynthesis.

Vines grown in Limestone produced long-lived wines with a high acidity level. Great wines are in balance with their 4 fundamental traits of acidity, tannin, alcohol, and sweetness. As wines age, acidity acts to preserve wine longer.