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J Chromatogr A. 2000 Jun 9;881(1-2):557-67.

Monoterpenes in grape juice and wines.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology and Ecology, University of Valencia, Burjasot, Spain.


The importance of monoterpenes on varietal flavour of wines has been reviewed. These compounds were mainly found linked to sugar moieties in the grape juice and wines, showing no olfactive characteristics. In this way, mechanisms to liberate terpenes were studied, making a comparative study between acidic and enzymic hydrolysis of terpene glycosides. Finally, analytical techniques developed to study these compounds, in both free or glycosidically forms, and also to fractionate glycosidic precursors, have been discussed.

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