Oenological potential of non-Saccharomyces yeasts to mitigate effects of climate change in winemaking: impact on aroma and sensory profiles of Treixadura wines

FEMS Yeast Res. 2019 Nov 1;19(7):foz065. doi: 10.1093/femsyr/foz065.


The effects of climate change on wine include high-alcohol content, low acidity and aroma imbalance. The potential of several non-Saccharomyces wine yeasts to mitigate these effects was evaluated by sequential fermentation of Treixadura grape must. Fermentations with only Saccharomyces cerevisiae ScXG3 and a spontaneous process were used as control assays. All yeast strains were obtained from the yeast collection of Estación de Viticultura e Enoloxía de Galicia (EVEGA), Galicia, Spain. Fermentation kinetics as well as yeast dynamics and implantation ability varied depending on inoculated yeasts. In addition, the results showed significant differences in the chemical composition of wine. Starmerella bacillaris 474 reduced the alcohol content (1.1% vol) and increased the total acidity (1.2 g L-1) and glycerol of wines. Fermentation with Lachancea thermotolerans Lt93 and Torulaspora delbrueckii Td315 also decreased the alcohol content, although to a lesser extent (0.3% and 0.7% vol, respectively); however, their effect on wine acidity was less significant. The wines also differed in their concentration of volatile compounds and sensory characteristics. Thus, wines made with Metschnikowia fructicola Mf278 and S. cerevisiae ScXG3 had higher content of esters, acetates and some acids than other wines, and were most appreciated by tasters due to their fruity character and overall impression.

Keywords: Treixadura wine; chemical composition; climate change mitigation; non-Saccharomyces; sensory profile; sequential fermentation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acetates / analysis
  • Climate Change*
  • Esters / analysis
  • Ethanol / analysis
  • Fermentation*
  • Glycerol / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Odorants / analysis
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Vitis / microbiology
  • Volatile Organic Compounds / analysis
  • Wine / analysis*
  • Wine / microbiology*
  • Yeasts / metabolism*


  • Acetates
  • Esters
  • Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Ethanol
  • Glycerol