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Front. Microbiol., 18 April 2012 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2012.00135

Multistarter from organic viticulture for red wine Montepulciano d’Abruzzo production

Giovanna Suzzi1*, Maria Schirone1, Manuel Sergi1, Rosa Maria Marianella2, Giuseppe Fasoli1, Irene Aguzzi1 and Rosanna Tofalo1
  • 1 Department of Food Science, University of Teramo, Teramo, Italy
  • 2 Direzione Generale della Prevenzione e Repressione Frodi Roma, Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali, Roma, Italy

In the last years the use of a multistarter fermentation process has been proposed to improve the organoleptic characteristics of wines. In the present study the fermentation performances and the interactions of mixed and sequential cultures of Hanseniaspora uvarum, Candida zemplinina, and a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae isolated from organic musts were investigated. To evaluate the oenological performances of the tested strains microvinifications in pasteurized red grape juice from Montepulciano d’Abruzzo cultivar were compared. The course of fermentation has been controlled through classical determinations (CO2 evolution, ethanol, glycerol, pH, total titratable acidity, sugar content, free sulfur dioxide (SO2), dry extract, sugars, organic acids, and volatile compounds). Moreover, the yeast population was determined by both culture-dependent and independent approaches. In particular, the pure culture of H. uvarum and C. zemplinina did not end the fermentation. On the contrary, when S. cerevisiae was added, fermentations were faster confirming that yeast interactions influence the fermentation kinetics. Moreover, C. zemplinina showed a good interaction with S. cerevisiae by increasing the fermentation kinetic in high gravity Montepulciano must, with low ethyl acetate and acetic acid production. This study confirmed that non-Saccharomyces yeasts play a crucial role also in organic wines and their activity could be modulated through the selection of appropriate strains that correctly interact with S. cerevisiae.

Keywords: non-Saccharomyces wine yeast, mixed fermentation, metabolic profile, multistarter

Citation: Suzzi G, Schirone M, Sergi M, Marianella RM, Fasoli G, Aguzzi I and Tofalo R (2012) Multistarter from organic viticulture for red wine Montepulciano d’Abruzzo production. Front. Microbio. 3:135. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00135

Received: 09 January 2012; Accepted: 21 March 2012;
Published online: 18 April 2012.

Edited by:

Danilo Ercolini, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy

Reviewed by:

Maurizio Ciani, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
Sandra Torriani, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy

Copyright: © 2012 Suzzi, Schirone, Sergi, Marianella, Fasoli, Aguzzi and Tofalo. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in other forums, provided the original authors and source are credited.

*Correspondence: Giovanna Suzzi, Department of Food Science, University of Teramo, 64023 Mosciano Sant’Angelo, Teramo, Italy. e-mail: gsuzzi@unite.it