Melatonin in grapes and grape-related foodstuffs: A review

Food Chem. 2017 Sep 15:231:185-191. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2017.03.137. Epub 2017 Mar 24.


A decade has passed since melatonin was first reported in grapes in 2006. During this time, melatonin has not only been found in the berries of most wine grape (Vitis vinifera L.) cultivars, but also in most grape-related foodstuffs, e.g. wine, grape juice and grape vinegar. In this review, we discuss the melatonin content in grapes and grape-related foodstuffs (especially wine) from previous studies, the physiological function of melatonin in grapes, and the factors contributing to the production of melatonin in grapes and wines. In addition, we identify future research needed to clarify the mechanisms of grape melatonin biosynthesis and regulation, and establish more accurate analysis methods for melatonin in grapes and wines.

Keywords: Grape; Grape-related foodstuff; Melatonin; Vitis; Wine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Fruit
  • Melatonin*
  • Vitis*
  • Wine


  • Melatonin