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Pope Francis praised wine as a gift from God and a true source of joy during a private audience with Italian winemakers. He emphasized the need for reflection on the moral and ethical responsibilities that come with winemaking.
Wine, land, agricultural skills and entrepreneurialism are gifts from God — the creator has entrusted them to us because, with our sensitivity and honesty, we make them a true source of joy.
Italy has resisted mandatory health warnings on alcoholic drinks in the EU, following Ireland's approval to adopt the measure. Italian wine associations argue that Italians have a healthier relationship with wine compared to northern Europeans, emphasizing moderate consumption.
Although the daily consumption of wine in Italy has declined, there has been a rise in more moderate consumption.