Geographical origin of Vitis vinifera cv. Cannonau established by the index of bioaccumulation and translocation coefficients

  • Salvatore PepiEmail author
  • Milvia Chicca
  • Giulia Piroddi
  • Renzo Tassinari
  • Carmela Vaccaro
Original Research


Geochemical fingerprints in grape require an identification of major and trace elements that show correlations between concentrations in soil and in plant tissues: these correlations are relevant to discriminate grapes according to geographical origin. The Vitis vinifera cultivar Cannonau is used to produce the renowned Italian controlled designation of origin (DOC) wine “Cannonau” from Sardinia. Two Cannonau vineyards located in Sardinia Region were studied to establish the relationship between geochemical features of vineyard soil and chemical composition of leaves and grape berries. Major and trace elements were determined by X-ray fluorescence and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry in soil, leaf, and grape berry samples. The index of bioaccumulation and the translocation coefficients were also calculated for all elements. Data from the two study areas were compared by a non-parametric test and multivariate statistics (principal component analysis). The results showed a specific assimilation of these elements in leaf and grape berry from vine in two different soils. Moreover, geochemical characterization and statistical analysis enabled to discriminate the cultivar “Cannonau” according to geographical origin. The results showed that the elements that could establish a reliable correlation between the soil vineyard and leaves and grape berries from the two study areas were B, Sr, and Zr. These elements may therefore be used as geochemical fingerprints to identify the geographic origin of V. vinifera cv. Cannonau in the two study areas.


ICP-MS XRF Trace elements Traceability Grape Sardinia 



The authors owe thanks to Piroddi Family for collaboration in collecting samples and to Umberto Tessari for help in analytical procedures.

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This work was supported by the Department of Physics and Earth Science, University of Ferrara (Ferrara, Italy), Grant No. 2459/2017.

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  1. 1.Department of Physics and Earth SciencesUniversity of FerraraFerraraItaly
  2. 2.Department of Life Science and BiotechnologiesUniversity of FerraraFerraraItaly

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