The secret of a long and healthy life is somewhere in these hills. Maria Pio Fusi looks out over the olive groves and vines owned by her son in the Chianti region of Tuscany and smiles. “Our doctors tell us to drink a little wine every day, one or two glasses for our health,” she says, as a pensioner in a place where life expectancy is among the highest in Europe. “Wine is the secret of life.”
Scientists have agreed with this notion for the past 20 years, and even identified a miracle ingredient in red wine that makes people healthier. But now a paper has been published insisting that resveratrol – as it is called – actually has no effect at all. “Red wine will not make you live longer,” screamed one headline, only months after different scientists said it could help us live to 150. This is confusing enough to make anyone reach for the bottle. So which is true? Is red wine good for you or not? A fearless investigation for The Telegraph.