Say hello to the new poster boy for winos everywhere.

If you’ve ever cracked open a wine with the personal pledge you’ll ‘just have one with dinner’, only to find yourself polishing off the bottle a couple of hours later (I’ve heard it’s something people do. You know, from a friend of a friend), you’ll take serious heart from this story.

The son of a recently deceased 107 year-old man has revealed his father’s secret to longevity was a killer wine habit. One that included – wait for it – four bottles of booze a day. (Yes, that’s bottles, not glasses.)

Vineyard owner Antonio Docampo Garcia, who lives in Ribadavia in north Spain, apparently had two of bottles of red with lunch and another two with his dinner every day, according to his son.

“When we were both at home, we could get through 52 gallons of wine a month,” Garcia’s son, Manuel Docampo Lopez, told La Voz de Galicia.

Lopez also says his dear old dad never drank water.


Vineyard owner, Antonio Docampo Garcia. (Image via CEN)

It’s probably worth noting that Docampo only ever drank the organic, chemical-free wine his company, Bodegas Docampo, produced, and that your doc is unlikely to recommend you abandon hitting the water fountain at your gym after a workout in favor of slugging back a bottle of red.

And although we *ahem* don’t endorse an overindulgent intake of wine, it’s hard to ignore recent studies that show moderate red wine consumption may have actual health benefits. In fact, a new study by the University of Alberta in Canada found that resveratrol – a compound found in red wine – produces similar results to those we get from exercise. Read: improved physical performance, heart function and muscle strength.

However, drink heavily, and studies show those benefits are quickly nullified.

So though I definitely won’t be adopting the four-bottle-a-day rule any time soon, I also definitely won’t be feeling guilty about cracking that bottle of vino tonight and guiltlessly polishing it off over the latest instalment of Suits.

Because I don’t know if it’s just me, but all this talk of wine making me thirsty.

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