The document has been signed by the Department of Agriculture, the Provincial Governments, the region's Denominations of Origin, the Foundation for Wine and Nutrition and the Spanish Wine Federation
The formal signing act has taken place in the auditorium at FENAVIN, the National Trade Fair on Wine. The ceremony has been presided over by José Luis Martínez Guijarro, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development of the Government of Castilla-La Mancha, in the company of Nemesio de Lara, President of the Provincial Government of Ciudad Real; Domingo Valiente, Secretary General of the Research Foundation for Wine and Nutrition (FIVIN); Pau Roca, Secretary General of the Spanish Wine Federation, and Fernando Prieto, President of the Valdepeñas Denomination of Origin Regulation Council.
The first to take the floor has been Nemesio de Lara, who has highlighted the consideration of food product and basic pillar of the Mediterranean diet that wine has, apart from indicating its values when consumed in moderation. On his part Domingo Valiente has highlighted the important work that FIVIN is doing, from a strictly scientific approach, supporting the assertion that wine is a healthy beverage on the basis of the diverse research and studies that the organization is carrying out. Likewise, emphasis has been placed on the paradox that while alcoholism is an illness that is increasingly more common, consumption of wine per capita has done nothing but dwindle in the last few decades.
Immediately after, they have proceeded with reading of the declaration 'Wine, Nutrition and Health" and with its signing on the part of the Minister for Agriculture, the Presidents or Representatives of the Castilla-La Mancha provincial governments, the Presidents of the region's nine denominations of origin, the Secretary General of the FIVIN and the Secretary General of the FEV. The documents make reference to a commitment that considers wine as a food product and as a fundamental part of the Mediterranean diet, and it acknowledges the social and cultural values of this beverage. The Declaration is articulated around a 'Decalogue of Wine', with the importance of wine in the tradition and history of the Mediterranean people as one of its main points; the fundamental role that the vineyard holds as an element that forms the landscape, as a protective factor of the soil and as an agent in the fight against the climate change; and the categorical statement that wine can only be enjoyed in moderation.
The ceremony has come to its conclusion with the words of José Luis Martínez Guijarro, Minister for Agriculture, in reference to FENAVIN, as a trade fair of reference of Spanish wine, the ideal frame for the signing of this important declaration. Martínez Guijarrro has also proposed to all those present that they redouble their efforts in order to reach the younger generations, the future consumers and insure that they become knowledgeable in the great healthy, social, cultural, economic and environmental values of wine.