How certified Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is made
- We visited a Balsamic Vinegar of Modena factory.
- There are less than 100 certified producers in the world, all located in the Italian provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
- 21 million gallons of balsamic vinegar is made there each year.
- Balsamic Vinegar of Modena exports over 90% its production, while 8% stays in Italy.
- The industry is worth about €1 billion (.15 billion) each year.
We visited a Balsamic Vinegar of Modena factory in the province of Modena, Italy, one of the fewer than 100 certified producers in the world.
Factories are all located in the Italian provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia and each year 21 million gallons of the dressing is made.
"This product has been made for over two millennia. But it becomes balsamic vinegar, which will then become Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, about 400 years ago," Federico Desimoni, Managing Director at Consortium for Protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena told INSIDER. "We are in Modena because it was born here and you could say it was invented by the tradition and history of our land."
Balsamic vinegar is made of grape must and wine vinegar. Each producer can choose the ratio of ingredients, with a minimum percentage of grape must set at 20%, and at 10% for wine vinegar.
The first step of production is grape harvest, followed by the cooking of grape must. Then the cooked must is mixed with the wine vinegar and transferred into wooden barrels, where it's left to mature for a minimum of 60 days.
At the end of the 60-day period, balsamic vinegar is tested and bottled, or it can be further aged.
At present, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena exports over 90% its production, while 8% stays in the country of origin, Italy.
The industry is worth about 1€ billion (.15 billion) each year.
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