Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is a very special vinegar, which has its roots in the ancient Roman times. The Balsum latin word means "something healthy for your body."
The Must (obtained by grape juice instead of wine) is reduced by a concentrating process to obtain a very dense, syrupy liquid. It is then placed in small barrels, where it slowly ferments. After a minimum of 12 years in wood barrels, the result is a very thick, rich, complex and very expensive vinegar; costs can easily reach $1,000 per liter.
It is available in two Certified Qualities identified by a Burgundy Seal (for the 12 years old) and a Gold Seal (for the 25 years old). By Law, this product is called: Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena DOP (Protected Denomination of Origin.) The only products that are allowed to use the words "Balsamic Vinegar of Modena" on their labels are those products that contain the PGI certification, showing that they are produced in the legal area of Modena, Italy.