Residents of a charming coastal Portuguese town were left in astonishment on Sunday as their streets transformed into a river of red wine. This unexpected event occurred when two tanks from the Levira Distillery, carrying over 600,000 gallons of this alcoholic beverage, unexpectedly burst.
Footage shows red wine flowing downhill in Portuguese town São Lorenco de Bairro, home to 2,000 people
A video shared online captured the vivid red liquid rushing down a steep hill in the cozy town of São Lorenco de Bairro, where around 2,000 people live.
WATCH🚨 Incredible moment a river of red wine flows through Portuguese town
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According to firefighters, a home’s basement close to the distillery got flooded with wine, DailyMail reported. Levira, the distillery owner, has issued an apology and mentioned that they took steps to clear the wine-soaked area afterward.
The statement read: “We assume full responsibility for the costs associated with cleaning and repairing the damage, having teams available to do so immediately. We are committed to resolving this situation as quickly as possible.”
The spill was of such epic proportions that the amount of wine that flowed could have easily filled an Olympic-sized swimming pool, The Post reported. This raised concerns for the environment, prompting a quick response from authorities. Officials immediately went into action, working to prevent the wine from literally turning the Certima River into a river of wine.
The Anadia Fire Department swiftly took action to contain the flood, effectively redirecting it away from the river. Instead, it flowed harmlessly into a nearby field, as reported by local media.
Red wine’s potential health benefits revealed by expert insights
Despite the potential environmental concerns linked to the wine river, experts have shared some positive insights. Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, suggested that enjoying a diverse range of red wines might offer similar benefits to having a varied diet. According to him, it could be good for your gut health.
‘My advice for wine lovers,’ he said, ‘is keep loving wine and still drink wine, primarily for the pleasure. But at the back of your mind think, could I be trying different bottles or varieties that might actually be healthier for me and that I might enjoy?
In 2019, a research study led by Professor Spector’s team involved participants from the UK, the US, and Belgium, DailyMail reported. This study discovered that individuals who consumed red wine had a more diverse set of gut bacteria. And this diversity was associated with improved gut health.