If you ask a doctor, the key to living a long, healthy life is to eat well and exercise often.
But if you ask Manuel Docampo Lopez, the key is wine. And he should know — his father, an avid wine drinker, lived to be 107.
Lopez’s father, Antonio Docampo Garcia, hailed from the northern Spanish town of Ribadavia, where he owned a vineyard.
According to Lopez, his father drank, on average, four bottles of vino rojo per day: two with lunch and two with dinner. Garcia credited the wine with keeping him healthy well into his old age.
After his father’s passing, Lopez spoke with local newspaper La Voz de Galicia about his father’s life, career and surprising longevity.
He told the paper his father could drink “a liter and a half [of wine] all at once,” and added,
When we were both at home we could get through 200 liters of wine in a month.
For those unfamiliar with the metric system, 200 liters is about 53 gallons — in other words, a crap-ton of wine.
Feeling thirsty? Too bad. According to Lopez, Garcia “never drank water.”
Sure, wine can be good for you in moderation — especially the organic, chemical-free wine Garcia produced at Bodegas Docampo and enjoyed on the reg — but somehow, I think four bottles a day is more “excessive” than “moderate.”
In fact, unless you’ve got the tolerance of a 400-lb linebacker, four bottles in one day would probably kill you (or, at the very least, make you wish you were dead).
So, drink up, buttercups, but keep it to a minimum. We can’t all be 107-year-old Spanish vineyard kings.
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