Wine has been part of man’s culture throughout history. Its use both in the standard diet and for ritual celebrations since time immemorial has made it a unique expression of human thought and passions.
Winemaking, probably developing in the Middle East over ten thousand years ago, spread to the Mediterranean with the expansion of the Greek culture and later throughout Europe with the growth of the Roman Empire, which acted as a powerful lifestyle promoter. Wine production has definitively changed our landscapes and land usage. Forests were cut down and the territory was reshaped to host this new cultivation, while wine became central as a new universal trading currency.
Having established the role of the new beverage, major efforts were made to select new grape varieties, develop cultivation techniques and improve transformation practices. Process refining over a period of centuries led to the establishment of standardised modern winemaking practices and to the definition of selected production regions with a dedicated appellation system.

Modern oenology and viticulture technological research is still engaged in optimising growing and winemaking processes in order to assure financial profitability, improve product quality and defend traditional wine-growing areas. New findings in terms of varieties and clone selection, and more in-depth characterisation of wine products still represent an intriguing opportunity and concrete challenge for technical staff and scientists.

By improving the effectiveness of identification and quantification of the chemical and biochemical constituents of grapes and wine products, advanced Mass spectrometry (MS) methodologies play a key role in supporting agronomical decisions and quality control.

After the 1st edition of MS-WineDay held in Tuscany in 2015, and the 2nd edition in the Veneto Region in 2017, the next MS WineDay conference will be held in the Trentino-South Tyrol Region at the Edmund Mach Foundation – Istituto di San Michele all’Adige (TN).
This edition aims to offer an opportunity for specialists from private companies, institutions and universities to meet up and discuss the state of the art and innovations involving MS in oenology.

Main topics:

  • Contaminants, organoleptic defects, frauds
  • Product traceability, quality assurance, counterfeiting contrast
  • Metabolomic and proteomic profiles
  • Polyphenols and antioxidants
  • Volatile & aroma compounds
  • Oenological processes: transformation and ageing
  • Plant, grapes, must, wine, distillates and by-products characterisation
  • MS coupled with GC, GC×GC, fast GC and HPLC, UHPLC, etc.

Social events:
  • Social dinner with wine cellar tour and wine tasting at Cantina La-Vis
  • Post-conference guided visit and tasting at distillery Marzadro