Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena: a product rich in history and tradition.
The first evidence of "balsamic vinegar"
in history emerged and became richly documented starting from the Renaissance, when balsamic dressings became successful as sophisticated and expensive ingredients adding new fragrance to food. At the end of the 16th century, the success of vinegar from Modena is linked to the history of the House of Este. The passion of the Este family members for vinegar has been well known since 1556 when, at the court in Ferrara, no less that four types of vinegar were served; however, in 1598, when they moved to Modena
, the evidence available today proves the existence of products that are very similar to the "balsamic vinegar from Modena
". However, the history of "balsamic vinegar"
does not end with aristocratic courts and the duke’s cellars; in contrast, starting from 1800 it involved many families from Modena who had managed their small family cellars for centuries and passed on their recipes from one generation to the next, i.e. secret recipes mainly based on different combinations of cooked must and wine vinegar, to which spices and fragrances could be added.
Acetaia di Montale Rangone, just outside Modena
, in the luxurious countryside of the Emilia region, today - just like in the past - defends and continues the ancient family traditions upon which the production of its balsamic vinegar is based, i.e. a unique and unmatched products The secret of the astonishing quality of our Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena is simple: selected local raw materials, ancient traditional recipes, precious woods and - above all - great patience, care and love. Upon entering our Acetaia, visitors are immediately surrounded by the unmistakable balsamic aroma; this is where our products rest, stored in ancient "vats", over three hundred barrels and small casks in precious wood (oak, chestnut, mulberry, juniper, acacia) of different shapes and capacity, arranged in the traditional "batteries" to produce Balsamic Vinegar. Our products include two world-famous balsamic vinegars from Modena: Balsamic Vinegar from Modena P.G.I.
and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena P.D.O.
as well as food seasonings, mainly based on Balsamic vinegar. In addition to those precious jewels from the Modena area, our Cellar supplies a broad range of seasonings that can be consulted in the dedicated section of our website: mention must be made of a white seasoning for those who love the balsamic taste but prefer lighter colours; the balsamic vinegar from Modena and honey seasoning, to meet the needs of the most demanding palates and, finally; our balsamic creams, which belong to the best tradition of Italian gourmets.
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