Histamine content does not influence the tolerance of wine in normal subjects

Allerg Immunol (Paris). 1999 Feb;31(2):45-8.


Histamine has been incriminated as having a responsibility for intolerance reaction to wines. We have made a study by double blind oral provocation test to find the effect of ingestion of a histamine-rich (22.8 mg.l-1) and a histamine free wine in eight healthy subjects. Blood samples were taken at 0, 10, 30 and 45 minutes after ingestion of the wine for measurement of plasma histamine and methylhistamine. Urines were collected 5 hours before and 5 hours after ingestion for measurement of urinary methylhistamine. No subject presented a reaction of intolerance after ingestion of wine rich or poor in histamine. No change in plasma histamine and plasma and urinary methylhistamine was seen. This study shows that the amount of histamine in wine has no clinical or biological effect in healthy subjects, and this emphasized the efficiency in man of the systems for degradation of histamine that is absorbed by the alimentary tract.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biogenic Amines / adverse effects
  • Biogenic Amines / pharmacokinetics
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Flushing / etiology
  • Histamine / adverse effects*
  • Histamine / analysis
  • Histamine / pharmacokinetics
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Absorption
  • Male
  • Methylhistamines / blood
  • Methylhistamines / urine
  • Migraine Disorders / etiology
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases / etiology
  • Wine / adverse effects*
  • Wine / analysis


  • Biogenic Amines
  • Methylhistamines
  • Histamine
  • 2-methylhistamine