Influence of late pruning practice on two red skin grapevine cultivars in a semi-desert climate

Corrado Perin, Pankaj Kumar Verma, Gil Harari, Yedidya Suued, Matanya Harel, Danielle Ferman-Mintz, Elyashiv Drori, Yishai Netzer, Aaron Fait

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Continually increasing global temperature could severely affect grape berry metabolite accumulation and ultimately wine polyphenol concentration and color intensity. To explore the effect of late shoot pruning on grape berry and wine metabolite composition, field trials were carried out on Vitis vinifera cv. Malbec and cv. Syrah grafted on 110 Richter rootstock. Fifty-one metabolites were detected and unequivocally annotated employing UPLC-MS based metabolite profiling. Integrating the data using hierarchical clustering showed a significant effect of late pruning treatments on must and wine metabolites. Syrah metabolite profiles were characterized by a general trend of higher metabolite content in the late shoot pruning treatments, while Malbec profiles did not show a consistent trend. In summary, late shoot pruning exerts a significant effect, though varietal specific, on must and wine quality-related metabolites, possibly related to enhanced photosynthetic efficiency, which should be taken into consideration when planning mitigating strategies in warm climates.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1114696
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
StatePublished - 8 Feb 2023


  • anthocyanin
  • grape must
  • late shoot pruning
  • secondary metabolites
  • stilbene
  • wine

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science


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