What to do in Modena in a day? A visit to a vinegar cellar with tasting of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

The whole world knows Modena because this Emilian city is closely linked to living well and being happy. How? The Emilian cuisine needs no great introduction and in Modena it reaches unsurpassed heights.

One could also mention a special ambassador of this city who has carried the banner of Modena everywhere in the world: we are talking about the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

To encourage a visit to Modena, one could also mention the presence here of the world’s most important luxury car factories and its outstanding artistic heritage. Monuments such as the Ghirlandina, the city’s landmark tower, Piazza Grande and the cathedral could be enough to entice anyone to a visit.

But Modena also offers something more, a typical local product that is known all over the world and that here, in its land of origin, can be better known: the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO. So, why not organise a Tasting of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena to make the day tastier?

Discovering a centuries-old tradition

Discovering what lies behind the centuries-old Modenese tradition of Balsamic Vinegar is a unique and unforgettable experience that can only come true in this territory.

An acetaia is an incredible place where you can totally immerse yourself in the art, handed down from generation to generation, of making the best Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO.

We are talking about that condiment, made from cooked grape must, which has become synonymous with absolute quality all over the world. Balsamic Vinegar is made only from grapes from seven types of vineyards: Lambrusco, Ancellotta, Trebbiano, Sauvignon, Sgavetta, Berzemino, Occhio di Gatta.

The guided tour of the vinegar cellar

The tours of Acetaia Marchi start in the vineyards, with a wonderful walk through nature that will put every visitor in a good mood. Then you enter the vinegar cellar where you will be confronted with hundreds of certified casks for maturation and ageing.

Every stage of the process will be presented to the visitor by the competent staff in every aspect, from the pressing of the grapes, to the cooking of the must and the refining or ageing in wooden barrels.

The casks are stored in ‘batteries‘, i.e. a group of at least three casks that follow the three main phases: fermentation, maturation and ageing. The three casks in the battery have different capacities, from the largest to the smallest, and with different essences that will give different qualities to the vinegar, both from the visual and olfactory and taste point of view.

Thanks to the guides’ instructions, it will be possible to understand the many nuances that are encapsulated in this product, in purity, which is called by locals ‘The Black Gold of Modena‘.

At the end of the visit, it will be possible to visit the shop, where various types of Modena vinegar and products derived from it can be purchased. Also during the Traditional Visit, there is of course no lack of a fair presence of typical local products that will make your stay in the vinegar cellar particularly rich from the point of view of good foodies.


Balsamic Vinegar of Modena tasting and aperitif at Acetaia Marchi

The real highlight of the visit to the vinegar cellar is of course the moment of tasting Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, which turns into an unforgettable experience for all visitors.

The tasting allows guests to taste not only our vinegar, but also other typical Emilian products. Our guests can enjoy a good glass of Lambrusco and find themselves in front of a tasty chopping board with local cured meats, high quality cheeses, onions with vinegar, jams and much more.

Instead of the classic tasting, it is also possible to choose the option of a guided tour with concluding aperitif. In this case we offer our guests a well-prepared aperitif. This option is ideal for those who want to spend more time inside our vinegar cellar, close to the vineyards and surrounded by nature and the intoxicating scent of grapes and balsamic vinegar. So which type of guided tour do you prefer?

If you are visiting Modena and would like to experience a tasting of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO directly in the vinegar cellar, on our website you can book your guided tour choosing your preferred day, time and language. We are waiting for you!