TERRITORY AND HISTORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Territory

    There are only three true Balsamic Vinegars:

    Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO
    Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia PDO
    Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI

    Products with different characteristics that have always coexisted in these lands and that proclaim their origins with [...]

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  • Territory

    Modena offers visitors a wealth of choices: from architectural masterpieces such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Modena Cathedral, Piazza Grande and Ghirlandia Bell Tower; to the fruits of Modena's skill such as the Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani, Stanguellini cars; museums [...]

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  • Territory

    The Land of Great Men: Passionate and Visionary

    Modena is the birthplace to distinguished figures, whose charisma has left a lasting mark on the hearts of not only Italians but of the whole world. They include the Maestro, Luciano Pavarotti, one of the greatest tenors of all time, whose talent was equal only to his generosity; and the dreamer and visionary, Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the automotive [...]

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  • Territory

    Reggio Emilia: Rebel Soul and Homeland of the Italian Flag
    Reggio Emilia was defined by Foscolo as Italy's motivator: a rebel city that was at the front line of the struggle against old bonds and the fight for liberty. The story of the Tricolore, Italy's national flag, begins here, surrounded by this city's delicacies: Parmeggiano Reggiano, Pan de Re (King's Bread), Nocino liquer, and Acqua d'Orcio. [...]

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  • History

    Ancient Rome: the origins of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI go back to ancient times: it was already documented as a “medicinal” disinfectant during Julius Caesar's Gaelic campaigns.
    The Medieval Period: Abbot Donazione of Canossa made mention in his "Vita Mathildis" of a “small barrel of balsamic vinegar” [...]

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  • History

    1800: Balsamic Vinegar of Modena becomes the protagonist of the most important exhibition events, drawing both local and international interest.
    1933: the first Ministry License for the production and commercialization of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is requested and granted.
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  • Roots

    • The attic is an ideal location for the maturation of balsamic vinegar because it is dry, bright, ventilated and affected by strong thermal fluctuations characteristic of the Modena climate.
    • In the noble families of the Ducal Court, vinegar was passed downalong with the best and most expensive linens.
    • The label “balsamic” was given to the product for its medicinal uses. [...]

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Territory
Modena and Reggio Emilia...

There are only three true Balsamic Vinegars:

  • Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO
  • Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia PDO
  • Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI

Products with different characteristics that have always coexisted in these lands and that proclaim their origins with pride. An ideal tour through Italy's acetaia (balsamic vinegar producing region) should begin in the lower plains, travel up the Po River crossing the Secchia and Panaro river basins and then head south passing through Modena to arrive in Reggio Emilia.

Lands with a farming tradition, and a love of the good life and of good food. To taste Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI is to immerse oneself into the landscapes, the fragrances and the flavours of the territory.

Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI has penetrated the social and economic fabric of this territory, becoming the primary source of income for many vendors and families, and heavily influenced traditional cuisine, becoming the main ingredient in many regional dishes.

Experience/Territory
Not only balsamic vinegar... The other world renowned Modena products of excellence

The Culture, Engines, and Wine and Food of Modena

The beauty of Modena has even conquered UNESCO. Piazza Grande (Great Square), Modena Cathedral and Ghirlandia Bell Tower are all within just a few meters of each other.
However, it is also a food and wine capital: in addition to Balsamic Vinegar PGI, it is the kingdom of salumi and tortellini,which are “washed down” with Lambrusco, the city's “drinking water”. Racing Modena: a city where passion for cars has a long history and the myth of speed is an integral part of culture.

World Heritage Site

Land of Engines

Land of Flavours

Land of the Opera

Land of the Arts and the Crafts

Territory
What to See in the City and Its Surroundings

Modena offers visitors a wealth of choices: from architectural masterpieces such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Modena Cathedral, Piazza Grande and Ghirlandia Bell Tower; to the fruits of Modena's skill such as the Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani, Stanguellini cars; museums (Municipal Museum of Art, Municipal Archaeological and Ethnological Museums, and the Estense Gallery); and true enthusiasts' gems such as the Museo della Figurina (Museum of Picture Cards) located in the prestigious Palazzo Santa Margherita.

And in the surroundings?

Carpi, the Renaissance gem with a considerable art heritage, and Fiorano Modenese, with its Museo della Ceramica (Pottery Museum) located at Spezzano Castle (a technologic museum documenting a long standing tradition of the territory), are both must see destinations.
What to see in the city and its surroundings

Territory
Famous Figures

The Land of Great Men: Passionate and Visionary

Modena is the birthplace to distinguished figures, whose charisma has left a lasting mark on the hearts of not only Italians but of the whole world. They include the Maestro, Luciano Pavarotti, one of the greatest tenors of all time, whose talent was equal only to his generosity; and the dreamer and visionary, Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the automotive manufacturer that carries his name, a global synonym with luxury, speed, beauty, harmony and Made in Italy.

Famous Figures:

Enzo Ferrari

Ferrari was a revolutionary. He was a child at heart and dreamt of producing increasingly more competitive cars. He came from a farming background but had a fascination with technology. He was courageous and daring. Visit the Enzo Ferrari Museum website www.museocasaenzoferrari.it

Luciano Pavarotti

During his long artistic career, Luciano Pavarotti appeared on the stages of the most prestigious theatres of Italy and the world. Uninterrupted activity and complete dedication to his work transformed Modena's most famous tenor into an ambassador of Italian opera and culture to the world. Visit his website www.lucianopavarotti.com

Territory
Reggio Emilia

Reggio Emilia: Rebel Soul and Homeland of the Italian Flag
Reggio Emilia was defined by Foscolo as Italy's motivator: a rebel city that was at the front line of the struggle against old bonds and the fight for liberty. The story of the Tricolore, Italy's national flag, begins here, surrounded by this city's delicacies: Parmeggiano Reggiano, Pan de Re (King's Bread), Nocino liquer, and Acqua d'Orcio. The Province of Reggio Emilia is a land with genuine traditions, such as Maggio Drammatico (May of Plays), which reconnects with the Medieval chansons de geste (planting time music and dramatic rituals). Its art collections, historical sites and exposition halls open to the public by the Reggio Emilia City Museums, make it a centre of the arts.

City of the Arts

City of the Italian Flag

City of Flavours

History
Roots... from the Romans to 1800
  • Ancient Rome: the origins of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI go back to ancient times: it was already documented as a “medicinal” disinfectant during Julius Caesar's Gaelic campaigns.
  • The Medieval Period: Abbot Donazione of Canossa made mention in his "Vita Mathildis" of a “small barrel of balsamic vinegar” gifted in 1046 by Matilda's father, the Marquess Bonifacio of Canossa, to Emperor Henry II.
  • Estense Court: the 1556 volume “La Grassa” (The Fat) of the Ducal Court contains a detailed classification of the “types of balsamic vinegars” and their various uses. The properties of vinegar were already well known and the best products were selected and reserved for persons of rank and important events.
  • 1747: the term “balsamic” appears for the first time, likely deriving from its use as a therapeutic at the time.
  • 1800: Balsamic Vinegar of Modena becomes the protagonists of the most important exhibition events, drawing both local and international interest.
History
... and from 1800 to today.
  • 1800: Balsamic Vinegar of Modena becomes the protagonist of the most important exhibition events, drawing both local and international interest.
  • 1933: the first Ministry License for the production and commercialization of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is requested and granted.
  • 1989: the difference between Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is officially recorded at the legislative level.
  • 2009: in the month of July, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is granted Protected Geographic Indication (PGI) status by the European Union.
  • 2014: in the month of January, the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies issues a decree recognizing the Consortium for Protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and assigning it the public duties of protection and promotion; in the month of February, the decree is published in the Official Gazette of the Italian Republic and comes into force. To be continued...
Roots
Curious Facts
  • The attic is an ideal location for the maturation of balsamic vinegar because it is dry, bright, ventilated and affected by strong thermal fluctuations characteristic of the Modena climate.
  • In the noble families of the Ducal Court, vinegar was passed downalong with the best and most expensive linens.
  • The label “balsamic” was given to the product for its medicinal uses.
  • Vinegar facilitates digestion.
  • Sniffing vinegar relieves seasickness and helps stop sneezing attacks.
  • There was no single recipe for preparing vinegar; every family jealously guarded its personalized recipe.