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WINE FOR LIFE 2008

BORTOLOMIOL INCREASE THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE WINE FOR LIFE PROJECT

PRESS RELEASE 7: WINE FOR LIFE

VERONA, SATURDAY APRIL 5th 2008

 

FROM VELENITALY TO SOLIDARITALY
At Vinitaly in Verona a group of Italian wine producers react to the Velenitaly scandal by re-launching the Comunità di Sant’Egidio’s WINE FOR LIFE project, creating a partnership between quality wine and the fight against AIDS in Africa.

At Vinitaly, as a response to the Velenitaly scandal, Sant’Egidio and a group of 121 wine producers have re-launched the WINE FOR LIFE project in order to add value to the best Italian wines. These then are wines that can indeed be harmful, but only to the AIDS virus.

The Comunità di Sant’Egidio, has a long track record of success in Africa including the ratification of the peace agreement in Northern Uganda between the Ugandan Army and the Lord Resistance Army from Kona, ending a bloody conflict. The conflict was like a window into all of Africa’s ills: child soldiers, low life expectancy, poverty, the rape and abuse of young girls and women, and civil war. From Verona this week we see a new commitment to the WINE FOR LIFE and FOOD FOR LIFE projects which will also provide Italian made wines and foods increased value and integrity.

The WINE FOR LIFE label on a bottle of wine signifies support for the DREAM project, one of the most effective projects in all sub-Saharan Africa. The project is active in ten countries, fighting hunger, providing health education, clean water, nutritional support and complete therapy as well as laboratories equipped to the highest standards even in countries which lack adequate facilities and qualified personnel.

98 children in 100 are born free of the AIDS virus from mothers who are infected, more than 90 adults in 100 are able to live normal lives even with the virus. It is women who have become the epicentre of a new kind of African society that has no need to fear destruction at the hands of the AIDS virus but which continues to live creating a new African society centred around the importance of the role of the woman.

At the WINE AND SOLIDARITY round table which took place on Saturday April 5th, inside the Lazio Region pavilion Palatium, Daniela Valentini Agricultural minister from the Lazio Region, Fabio Massimo Pallottini, Arsial Commissioner together with Daniele Cernilli, director of the Gambero Rosso Italian Wines Guide, Tiziana Gaia, from Slow Food, Daniela Scrobogna for Ais-Bibenda and Enzo Vizzari, director of the Espresso Guides, together re-launched the WINE FOR LIFE project.

 


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