Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Balsamic vinegar is part of the most ancient, authentic traditions of Modena and traces its roots to the XI century. It was certainly used by the Estensi Dukes as a "royal gift". Along many centuries, the production of balsamic vinegar (in the dry vinegar farms in the attics inherited from one generation to the next). was the prerogative of the large manors and humble families alike, destined for limited domestic use or, at most, a worthy gift.
Balsamic vinegar is made from the must of the characteristic grapes of Modena.
The grape must, cooked over a direct heat in an open vessel, simmers slowly and is concentrated until it is reduced to about one third of its original volume. It is then placed in the attic, in a series of casks of decreasing size and of different woods: oak, mulberry, chestnut, cherry and at times juniper. Here the balsamic vinegar passes the years acidifying, aging until it has reached a balance that only the alchemy of time can master, prodded along by the masterful hands of man who knows the ancient rules of the transfers and top ups.
Balsamic vinegar of Modena passes the years acidifying,
aging until it has reached a balance
that only the alchemy of time can master