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Historical Vinegar cellar
BALSAMIC REGGIO EMILIA
Historical Vinegar cellar

The historic vinegar cellar located on our Roncolo Estate can be found immediately next to the Villa Manodori, which dates back to the 17th century.

It's a place, therefore, that represents the important historical origins of the Venturini Baldini brand, whose assets "among other things" are made up by a battery of more than 400 small barrels of different types of wood. From juniper to oak, cherry to ash, through to chestnut, each barrel confers an unmistakeable aroma to the vinegar. The cultivation period and ageing time of our vinegars in single "treasure chests" follow the regulations of the local area, which in turn give us two product lines responsible for bringing delicacies of Emilia Romagna cuisine into the kitchen with the Venturini Baldini logo.

The first is that of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia (among which we also like to include "Beatrice's Condiment", which is not a vinegar that follows regulations but still a source of pride for the company), while the second is Protected Geographical Indication balsamic vinegar from Modena. Visiting the vinegar works for us is always like diving back in our family history, inside a location where time seems to stand still: the humid atmosphere, the half-light of the cellar and the aromas of the vinegar are the defining traits of this experience.

BALSAMIC REGGIO EMILIA

The history of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia has its roots in a very distant past. Dates back to 1046 the first written that takes care of and that tells of Henry III, emperor Teutonic, who then appointed the Marquis Bonifacio Tuscan father of Matilda of Canossa, to receive the gift of a special vinegar whose reputation had preceded him. A vinegar which drew born just within the walls of the castle where he wrote the history of the lands of Canossa; a perimeter within which consumed the famous "lost" Pope Gregory VII against Henry IV, through the intercession of the heiress Matilda.
The imperial recognition meant that this vinegar arricchisse tables nobility of the whole area, laying the foundations for the reputation that it would influence the destiny for the times to come, to this day. The importance of Traditional was such that by the nineteenth-century tradition would have it, the qualities of the young brides Reggio were accompanied by balsamic vinegar casks and small barrels for its aging over the years.
An amount already then considered priceless, can make an important imprint on the whole culture of Reggio.

Today this culture is protected by a body called the Association for the Protection of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia. This consortium certifies the quality of a product which is aged for a time, never less than 12 years and, on the basis of the organoleptic characteristics, at the same it gives a seal of quality, distinguished between sticker Lobster, Silver and Gold. A procedure which imposes very strict even that bottling should take place in the presence of the consortium that, in capping and lacquering occurred, provide the producer ampoules numbered and traceable, with the label that, on the basis of their quality, have this guadagnato.In so, the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia is able to bring out in the best way the gastronomic products from Emilia, but not only. An excellence that we are now being recognized by the whole world and that is a center of the regional capital of taste absolutely authoritative in the world.