A batteria was a traditional wedding dowry
The word batteria (battery, in English) refers to the traditional sets of barrels — in ever-decreasing sizes — which are still used to this day to create Tradizionale Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO.
But historically, they were also a gift to celebrate the birth of a daughter — on the new baby’s arrival, a new battery would be created, with the aim of using it as a dowry for the little one’s wedding a few decades down the line.
The secret to perfect flavour? A stone
Tradition has it that to keep each wooden barrel gently sealed — and to ensure the flavour of the black gold inside was perfectly balanced — a stone from the Panaro river was placed on top.
The art of tasting is all in the spoon (or hand)
When it comes to taste-testing, a metal spoon is a definite no-go. According to experts it could influence the taste, so the ideal spoon to use is one made of ceramic.
And if you can’t find one of those then don’t worry: another time-tested method is to pour a few drops on the back of your hand between the thumb and forefinger: where the warmth of your skin will heighten the flavours of whatever you’re tasting.
It’s all in the bottle
When it comes to bottling Tradizionale Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO, only one shape is allowed — the inverted tulip shape designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose design career has also seen him create some of Italy’s most iconic cars.
It takes real patience to be called Extravecchio
Tradizionale Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO is the result of a long aging period that must last for at least 12 years —but even that patient process pales in comparison to Extravecchio (like our Extravecchio Gold) which takes at least 25 years to make. Good thing it’s worth the wait...