Beyond the Basics: Tannins

All About Tannins in Wine
With Maria Alessandra Paissoni
Wednesday Jul 20 2022 6:00 pm CEST


Polyphenols, in particular anthocyanins and tannins, are the main contributors to wine color and mouthfeel, and are strongly related to the wine quality evaluation.

In this WSG Live, an introduction to tannin's origin in grapes, evolution during ripening and extraction in the winemaking process will be explained. Moreover, the implication of the technological approach to vinification will be discussed, such as maceration style or the use of oak containers. Tannins' implication on mouthfeel is crucial in terms of intensity and quality of astringency, and the varietal characteristics are fundamental knowledge for the winemaker’s choice.

In this regard, Vincenzo and Maria will propose an insight into their research on the sensory features of the variety Nebbiolo, the base of several Italian PDOs such as Barolo, Barbaresco, and Sforzato di Valtellina.

Presenters:Vincenzo Gerbi & Maria Alessandra Paissoni

Vincenzo Gerbi is a Professor of Oenology at the University of Turin. Most of his research topics have mainly focused on oenology. He is the author of 444 publications, including 217 articles in journals (121 in ISI journals). He is in charge of the experimental cellar of the University of Turin. He carries out an intense activity of dissemination of scientific results to technicians in the wine sector, producer associations and tasters.

He is the holder of the Oenology course of the degree course in Viticulture and Oenology, Enography of the inter-university master's degree course in Viticultural and Oenological Sciences. From 2012 to 2015 he was president of SISTAl (Italian Society of Food Science and Technology). From November 2013 to February 2017 he was president of AISSA (Italian Association of Agricultural Scientific Societies). In 2019 he was awarded the Angelo Betti prize, Meritorious in agriculture - Grand CANGRANDE medal.

Maria Alessandra Paissoni achieved a co-jointed PhD between the University of Turin and the University of Bordeaux on the sensory characterization of grape phenolic compounds and their involvement in wine in-mouth properties. Author of 55 scientific and technical contributions in the Oenology field (20 of them in ISI journal), she continues her research activity at the Oenology unit at the University of Turin, where her main topic is the implication of winemaking techniques on the sensory properties of wine.

With Professor Gerbi, they co-hold the course of Enography at the inter-university Master degree of Viticultural and Oenological Science that focuses on varieties characterization and on their valorisation.

Beyond the Basics: Wine Tannins with Vincenzo Gerbi and Maria Alessandra Paissoni