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Secret to long life? Spaniard lived to 107 on 'red wine diet'
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Secret to long life? Spaniard lived to 107 on 'red wine diet'

Jessica Jones · 3 Feb 2016, 15:10

Published: 03 Feb 2016 15:10 GMT+01:00

The experts say that red wine can actually be beneficial and one Spaniard has proved that the popular tipple could have incredible effects on longevity.

"He could drink a litre and a half all at once," his son, Manuel Docampo López, told regional daily La Voz de Galicia.

"When we were both at home we could get through 200 litres of wine a month," he added. "He never drank water."

But Docampo did not drink just any old wine - he made his own in the town of Ribadavia, free of preservatives and added chemicals.

Docampo would often drink a litre and a half of wine with lunch, and the same again with dinner, his son confirmed.

After fighting in the Spanish Civil War, and coming close to death, Docampo dedicated his life to making wine - founding the company Bodegas Docampo.

While the majority of the wine produced was sold, Docampo made sure to keep a considerable amount for his own private consumption.

"If he produced 60,000 litres a year he would keep 3,000 litres for himself," his nephew, Jerónimo Docampo, who now runs Bodegas Docampo, told La Voz de Galicia.

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Docampo was also known for his sense of humour and used to say, after finishing a meal:

"Give me another glass of wine so I can snore when I'm dead."

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Jessica Jones (jessica.jones@thelocal.com)

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