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Type: Journal article
Title: Towards a scientific interpretation of the terroir concept: plasticity of the grape berry metabolome
Author: Anesi, A.
Stocchero, M.
Dal Santo, S.
Commisso, M.
Zenoni, S.
Ceoldo, S.
Tornielli, G.
Siebert, T.
Herderich, M.
Pezzotti, M.
Guzzo, F.
Citation: BMC Plant Biology, 2015; 15(1):191-1-191-17
Publisher: BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1471-2229
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Andrea Anesi, Matteo Stocchero, Silvia Dal Santo, Mauro Commisso, Sara Zenoni, Stefania Ceoldo, Giovanni Battista Tornielli, Tracey E. Siebert, Markus Herderich, Mario Pezzotti and Flavia Guzzo
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The definition of the terroir concept is one of the most debated issues in oenology and viticulture. The dynamic interaction among diverse factors including the environment, the grapevine plant and the imposed viticultural techniques means that the wine produced in a given terroir is unique. However, there is an increasing interest to define and quantify the contribution of individual factors to a specific terroir objectively. Here, we characterized the metabolome and transcriptome of berries from a single clone of the Corvina variety cultivated in seven different vineyards, located in three macrozones, over a 3-year trial period. RESULTS: To overcome the anticipated strong vintage effect, we developed statistical tools that allowed us to identify distinct terroir signatures in the metabolic composition of berries from each macrozone, and from different vineyards within each macrozone. We also identified non-volatile and volatile components of the metabolome which are more plastic and therefore respond differently to terroir diversity. We observed some relationships between the plasticity of the metabolome and transcriptome, allowing a multifaceted scientific interpretation of the terroir concept. CONCLUSIONS: Our experiments with a single Corvina clone in different vineyards have revealed the existence of a clear terroir-specific effect on the transcriptome and metabolome which persists over several vintages and allows each vineyard to be characterized by the unique profile of specific metabolites.
Keywords: Vitis; Fruit; Plant Proteins; Sequence Analysis, Protein; Molecular Sequence Data; Metabolome; Gene-Environment Interaction
Rights: © 2015 Anesi et al. Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
RMID: 0030039351
DOI: 10.1186/s12870-015-0584-4
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