The deep link between Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI and the territory of Modena and Reggio Emilia
According to tradition and in compliance with current regulations, the production area of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI falls within the provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia. In this area there is a strong presence of grapes characterised by the right concentration of sugar and acidity.
History and territory
On the plains of Emilia Romagna lie Modena and Reggio Emilia and along this landscape path that follows the Po River and crosses the basins of the Secchia and Panaro rivers. This is also the area corresponding to the ancient Estense Duchy: a land rich in history and with a great culinary tradition. It is precisely the ancient knowledge of the farmers and their innate love of good living and eating well, together with the pedoclimatic characteristics of the area, that have given rise to a typical and exclusive product such as Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI.
The climatic conditions are optimal. The climate that characterises Modena and Reggio Emilia is semi-continental, mitigated by the influence of the nearby Adriatic Sea. Winters are typically cold, with average temperatures of around 2°C, and summers are hot and humid, even over 35°C. Springs and autumns are decidedly mild. These conditions favour the development of the native acetic flora, which has a predominant influence on the maturation and ageing process of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. The Modena and Reggio Emilia areas are also characterised by a fair amount of rainfall (around 750 mm per year) and by fog, which is present above all in late autumn and winter.
Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI
It is a unique product in the world. Its existence is closely linked to the unique knowledge, traditions and skills of the local population. Because of its uniqueness, Aceto Balsamico di Modena IGP is considered a symbol of the culture and history of Modena. This was confirmed in the Official Journal of the European Union (L 175/10 of 4 July 2009).
An emblem of the gastronomic quality of the territory of the two Emilian cities, the Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI is an integral part of the local culinary tradition. As well as being a versatile and intriguing ingredient in countless regional recipes, it is also the star of dedicated festivals and events, as well as being used all over the country.
Natural, artisanal preparation takes a long time compared to industrial procedures, but it allows the typical products of our land to reach the table in the most excellent way from every point of view. Organic Balsamic Vinegar of Modena I.G.P. and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena I.G.P. is free of thickeners, colourings, preservatives, antioxidants, sweeteners and added sulphites. It is the result of a skilful blend of thebest Mosti extracted from the indigenous Modena grapes grown in the family’s vineyards, rigorously selected, and wine vinegar. This blend undergoes a process of refinement and/or ageing in ancient oak casks. The Balsamic Vinegar of Modena I.G.P. and the Biotic Balsamic Vinegar of Modena I.G.P. are a tasty, dark brown food and wine product with excellent density and quality.