Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
The Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, produced by Zanasi Azienda Agricola, is an authentic ‘elixir’ which is capable of intensifying and improving the taste of the most simple dishes but also of culinary masterpieces. The Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, which originated in the city of Modena, is said to have been favoured during the Renaissance by the Estensi (House of Este) and there is written evidence of its production dating back to 1046.
It is obtained through the fermentation and acetic bio-oxidation of cooked grape juices. However, the secret and ‘wisdom’ of the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar made by Zanasi lays in the excellent aging and refining process of the vinegar, which continues over a long period of time in a set of barrels comprised of various types of wood. Each type of wood gives the Vinegar its own individual characteristic: chestnut, for example, contains tannin and contributes to the dark colour of the vinegar, cherry sweetens the taste, mulberry speeds up the concentration process, juniper adds flavour with all its resinous essences, while oak is generally used for smaller barrels, where the matured vinegar is stored.
These sets are comprised of 5 barrels, with a decreasing capacity raging from 50 litres to 5 litres. They are kept in a large, airy room on the top floor of a specially constructed building. This particular location is required so that the product can sustain the extreme temperature changes that occur in Modena between summer and winter, which helps to produce the natural density of the final product.
Zanasi Traditional Balsamic Vinegar has a rich, sought-after quality with a remarkable aroma and bitter-sweet inflection, which makes the product unique, almost a culinary work of art, capable of captivating any gourmet palate. Unlike other traditional products for which the original can be substituted at times, the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena produced by Zanasi cannot be replaced.
There are three main factors that characterise Zanasi Traditional Balsamic Vinegar: the area, which gives its tradition, the people who give culture and passion, and time, which enriches the fragrance and the aroma, rare qualities in these contemporary ever-changing times.
Its gastronomic richness can be compared to that of other products that have created, and continue to create, a gourmet culture: those true protagonists of cuisine that do not allow for overlapping flavours.