Set up in 2007, the National Observatory on the Responsible Consumption of Wine continues to operate out of Grinzane Cavour Castle to inform and raise awareness of the health-giving properties of wine, in the knowledge that quality must go hand-in-hand with attentive consumers who do not only know how to appreciate a good glass of wine, but are also well-informed and documented on the beneficial effects on the organism of moderate drinking. Having started out in Piedmont, in an area - the Langhe and Roero - which has always attached importance to the communication of the culture of wine and good drinking, the project now operates nationally, bringing together institutions in the field throughout Italy.
The Observatory is sponsored by the Cavour Piedmontese Regional Enoteca, the Barolo Barbaresco Alba, Langhe and Roero Wine Consortium, the Langhe, Monferrato Roero Tourist Consortium, the Alba, Bra, Langhe and Roero Tourist Board and the Go Wine Association. Its main purpose is to promote correct communication of the health-giving properties of a responsible consumption of wine. In order to achieve this goal, scientific, epidemiological, biological and clinical research must be undertaken and published to make the active ingredients in wine better known. “Wine and Health” aims to counter all illogical parallels putting wine on the same level as spirits and drugs. Through its actions it intends to protect and raise the profile of the work of so many vinegrowers and wine cellars committed to a constant pursuit of quality. The President of the Observatory is Senator Tomaso Zanoletti, president of the Cavour Piedmontese Regional Enoteca, and former president of the National Cities of Wine Association and of the Committee for the protection and promotion of the Denominations of Origin of wines. A Scientific Committee set up within the framework of the Observatory is coordinated by Attilio Giacosa, Professor in the Department of Gastroenterology at Monza Polytechnic and a researcher at the National Cancer Research Institute in Genoa. Experts in the fields of food science, enology, law, communication and gastronomy are also involved.
The Observatory has worked hard nationally to raise awareness of its role and to involve partners in the other regions of Italy. In particular, it has sponsored the publication of a book entitled “La verità sul vino. Come quando perché il vino fa bene” (The truth about wine. How when why wine is good for you), edited by Attilio Giacosa and Mariangela Rondanelli and available in bookstores throughout Italy. The 2010 season opened with “The truth about wine – La verità sul vino”, an International Scientific Workshop on the theme of wine and health attended by illustrious European and American academics. The workshop resulted in a document signed by all the participants - the Grinzane Charter - containing its conclusions and the future prospects for research. The founder members of Wine and Health include the National Confederation of Wine Denomination Consortia, Federdoc.