Benefitting from a close personal relationship with the source, FIORE is proud to offer Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, DOP (ABTM). FIORE is proud of our exclusive representation, in North America, of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, DOP produced by our friends and 4th generation producers, Acetaia Villa San Donnino, Modena.
Modena is recognized as the center of the universe for the production of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, DOP. The Consorzio Antiche di Acetaie is the center of ongoing care, sustainability and regulation of this centuries’ old traditional product of Modena.
For this certification, the Trebbiano grapes are cultivated, harvested then crushed at the Villa San Donnino in the autumn of each year. The grape juice is cooked; simmered, never boiled, for 30 hours. The cooked grape must is stored in large stainless steel tanks or large wooden mother barrels until mid-winter. At this time of year, the “travaso” or transfer takes place in the attics of the Villa. A batteria is a set of a minimum of five wooden barrels of descending volume from 50 liters to 10 liters into which the cooked grape must is poured. Each subsequent year, the barrels are topped off beginning with the small barrel from the second, the second from the third and so on. The cooked grape must from the previous harvest is then added to the large barrel.
This process repeats each year until the 12th year when prior to topping off, 10% of the volume from the smallest barrel is removed and brought to the Consortium for analysis and certification. At the 12th year it is bottled and designated Affinato; at the 25th year, the decanted vinegar is designated Extra Vecchio, once it is Consortium certified. A very unique classification is Riserva Oro, which is aged over 100 years dating to the first production by the Villa San Donnino. Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, DOP is the treasure of Modena, highly regarded by balsamic afficionados worldwide and now available for you to “Come In And Taste For Yourself!” at FIORE.