Real Aceto Balsamico, or Balsamic vinegar is one of the most amazing gourmet goodies a foodie traveler could discover, and tasting historic Balsamics in a real “Acetaia” is a fascinating experience. Made in a multitude of hamlets around the historic and wealthy town of Modena, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is nothing like the imitation balsamics you find at the supermarket! First of all, real Balsamic is aged for a number of years and on our VIP tour you will have the chance to taste 30 and even 50 year old balsamics, stunning velvety elixirs that can grace everything from strawberries to ice cream!
We have designed this one-day private chauffeured excursion to two Balsamic Vinegar Acetaias and this trip can begin in a number of cities including Bologna and Verona. With your own private driver and bilingual guide you will visit two contrasting acetaias, which are similar to wineries, both with beautiful barrel cellars. Balsamic ages for decades and may pass different stages of its “life” in different kinds of wood from cherry wood to chestnut to mulberry. Apart from balsamic vinegars, you will also taste other artisan condiments such as balsamic scented with truffles and balsamic infused with juniper. Your lunch today is in a small traditional ristorante where you will enjoy a gorgeous tasting menu. Each dish will have balsamic vinegar in one form or another and this is a great way to see how the real “aceto” is incorporated into Italian cooking. Buon appetito!
Balsamic Vinegar Tour Highlights:
- Balsamic Tasting Modena
- Parmigiano Cheese Tasting
- Private Mercedes Chauffeured Tour
Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Balsamic Vinegar Tour
Sample Gourmet Balsamic Vinegar Tour Itinerary
- Lunch with wine
- Privately Chauffeured Mercedes
From your hotel in Verona or Bologna, your own private chauffeured Mercedes and accompanying bilingual guide will pick you up and drive you towards Modena, home of the one and only true Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale! Your first visit is to a producer such as Acetaia del Cristo or perhaps the beautiful Acetaia Sereni, located at the top of a hill surrounded by vineyards. This acetaia makes the balsamic vinegar for British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s brand of balsamic, and has a lovely barrel cellar, views overlooking the vineyards, a charming tasting room and of course some stunning balsamics!
After a tour and tasting of balsamics, paired with authentic parmigiano cheese from neighboring Parma, you will head to your second contrasting estate to a small family firm such as Acetaia Cavedoni. Your charming host Paolo’s family business dates back to the 1860’s and they still have some priceless 100-year-old balsamics! You will enjoy a tour of the tiny, wonderful acetaia and continue on to a tasting of various balsamics and condiments such as Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP 30 travasi, Aceto Balsamico di Modena “Botte Piccola” 7 anni, Condimento Balsamico alla Ciliegia and many more!
After this tasting, carry on to lunch in a historic restaurant in Castelvetro where your whole menu will be dishes paired with different types of balsamic. Sample dishes could include- Tagliolini con ”aceto al tartufo” (pasta with truffle infused balsamic), Risotto Carnaroli superiore alla parmigiana con aceto balsamico “piccole botti” (rissotto with parmigiano and balsamic), Carpaccio di manzo di antica razza bianca modenese con salsa “condimento rosso” con piccola mirepoix cruda di verdure di stagione (beef carpaccio and veggies with balsamic), and even Gelato alla crema con gocce di Saba (ice cream with vinegar!).
After your gourmet day out, depending on which city you are returning to, you could enjoy a stop to see Modena’s beautiful cathedral or perhaps a neighboring historic village to stretch your legs.
And this concludes your VIP Food and Wine Excursion.
“Today is a VIP Deluxe Gourmet Experience!”