European Food Research and Technology

, Volume 231, Issue 3, pp 455–465 | Cite as

Effect of aging in new oak, one-year-used oak, chestnut barrels and bottle on color, phenolics and gustative profile of three monovarietal red wines

  • Angelita GambutiEmail author
  • Rosa Capuano
  • Maria Tiziana Lisanti
  • Daniela Strollo
  • Luigi Moio
Original Paper


This study provides specific information about the influence of storage in bottle and in 225-L barrels made from oak (new and used for 1 year) and chestnut wood on color indexes, spectrophotometric evaluable polyphenols, anthocyanins, phenolic acids and gustative attributes of three monovarietal red wines (Piedirosso, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot). The results of the analysis of variance show that wood type has a significant influence on chromatic characteristics, on vanilline reactive flavans, on low molecular weight phenolics and on astringency of wines. The effect depends on the type of wine. Therefore, both traditional and alternative wood containers could be used as an instrument to regulate the polymerization, oxidation and copigmentation reaction of wine phenolics and the sensory properties of red wine. The maturation in chestnut wood could be an interesting challenge to widen the supply of red wines maturated in wood, but its use needs more care than oak.


Low molecular weight phenolics Anthocyanins Chestnut Oak Monovarietal red wine 



We thank F. Colandrea and Taburno winery of Foglianise for experimental vinifications. We thank also the anonymous referees for scientific comments, which helped to improve the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angelita Gambuti
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Rosa Capuano
    • 1
    • 2
  • Maria Tiziana Lisanti
    • 1
    • 2
  • Daniela Strollo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Luigi Moio
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Facoltà di Agraria, Dipartimento di Scienza degli AlimentiUniversità degli Studi di Napoli Federico IIPorticiItaly
  2. 2.Corso di Laurea in Viticoltura ed EnologiaAvellinoItaly

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