The Fattoria Estense Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is made according to a secret family recipe. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena DOP (Extra Old) is produced by a traditional fermentation process and is then aged for minimum 25 years in wood barrels.
Colour: dark brown but full of warm light
Dense: with a fluid and syrup like consistency
Fragrance: distinct, complex, sharp and unmistakeably but pleasantly acid.
Flavour: traditional and inimitable sweet and sour in perfect proportion. To the taste buds it will offer a full and rich flavour with a variety of shadings and evolving bursts of new expressions as the mood or the carrier changes.
Alico has been established in 1987 and specialized in manufacturing quality Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. This heritage together with investment in a high tech infrastructure and expert staff has enabled Alico to grow and expand into a world class producer and exporter of quality Balsamic Vinegar.
In 2012 production exceeded 1 million liters, 75% of which was exported to over 23 countries around the world. The secret to this success lies partly in a strong partnership with the vineyard supplying the grape must that is the raw ingredient for creating Balsamic Vinegar. This means quality is monitored and controlled at every stage from cultivating the vines through harvesting, pressing the grapes, cooking the must and blending and aging it in a succession of wooden barrels before bottling with a superior quality result. This partnership also reduces costs meaning Alico Balsamic Vinegars are exceedingly good value for money.
In July 2009 Aceto Balsamico di Modena (Balsamic Vinegar of Modena) obtained the Protected Geographical Indication status from the European Union. This status is established to protect the producers of certain products as well as to protect the consumer from imitations.
The PGI law does not allow numbers, years, or descriptive adjectives such as Gran Riserva, Riserva, Selezione, and Speciale tobe printed on the labels. Only the word "Invecchiato" (aged) may appear on the label as long as the product is aged for a period of at least three years in casks, barrels or other wooden receptacles. As a result, most labels have been redesigned with the colors Gold, Silver, and Bronze to distinguish the different qualities.