Fermented Beverages Revisited: From Terroir to Customized Functional Products, 2nd Edition

A special issue of Fermentation (ISSN 2311-5637). This special issue belongs to the section "Fermentation for Food and Beverages".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 1107

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Department of Wine, Vine, and Beverage Sciences, School of Food Science, University of West Attica, 12243 Athens, Greece
Interests: food microbiology; sparkling wine; yeast; yeast–yeast interactions; wine; mixed culture; fermentation conditions; sensory; food microbiology; alcohol reduction; native yeast
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Laboratory of Enology & Alcoholic Drinks, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Interests: wine aroma; wine polyphenolics; polysaccharides; yeasts and bacteria; sensory analysis; winemaking; natural wines; wine composition
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Dear Colleagues,

A wide variety of fruits and grains are employed as substrates for fermentation, resulting in a range of beverages, some of which are known to provide unique characteristics of certain geographical areas. Terroir is a term mostly affiliated with wine, but can be expanded to all products subjected to a similar fermentation process. Terroir is associated with agricultural practices, micro-climatic conditions, soil composition, cultivar and the microecosystem that drives fermentation. The same parameters may also affect the functional characteristics of the products, such as their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic activity, as well as protect against neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. On the other hand, a series of metabolites, such as biogenic amines and ochratoxins, may exert adverse effects on human health. The micro-ecosystem implicated in the fermentation process may include yeasts, as well as lactic and acetic acid bacteria, and may affect these functions via metabolic activities. The diversity of the implicated microbial species is quite extended, and accompanied by a remarkable variability in metabolic capacity.

The conceptual, methodological and technological advances of recent years have enabled the rapid characterization of micro-communities. In addition, genetic data treated with bioinformatic tools have allowed the in silico assessment of the metabolic capacity of the strains under study and the prediction of metabolic activities. This information is valuable, as it facilitates the selection of starter cultures with properties tailored to specific technological or nutritional needs.

The aim of this Special Issue is to collect articles that update our current knowledge on the factors that affect the terroir of fermented beverages and define their functional properties.

Dr. Spiros Paramithiotis
Dr. Maria Dimopoulou
Prof. Dr. Yorgos Kotseridis
Dr. Jayanta Kumar Patra
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  • fermented beverages
  • alcoholic fermentation
  • lactic acid fermentation
  • acetic acid fermentation
  • functional metabolites


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The Application of the Ultrasound Technique in the Production of Rosé and Red Wines
by Victoria Lizama, Inmaculada Álvarez and María José García-Esparza
Fermentation 2024, 10(3), 164; https://doi.org/10.3390/fermentation10030164 - 14 Mar 2024
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The application of the ultrasound technique (US) in the production of rosé and red wines has demonstrated that the aromatic composition of rose wine can be affected and that it contributes to increasing the color of red wines without increasing the extraction of [...] Read more.
The application of the ultrasound technique (US) in the production of rosé and red wines has demonstrated that the aromatic composition of rose wine can be affected and that it contributes to increasing the color of red wines without increasing the extraction of astringent tannins. The ultrasound treatment has favored the extraction of anthocyanins, which has had an impact on the increase in color density (C.D.) and has allowed greater color stability over time. Moreover, significant differences have been found between the two US systems applied, with continuous treatment being more effective in the extraction of phenolic compounds than pulsed treatment. The application system of the US also affects the aromatic composition of the wines. These results are of interest, as some esters have been described as important odorants in wines. Full article
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