‘Aceto Balsamico di Modena’ must be produced within the provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia (stages: raw material assembly, processing, refining/ageing)
It is obtained from grape must (not less than 20% of total volume) and wine vinegar (at least 10%) and an aliquot of vinegar aged for at least 10 years; a maximum of 2 % by volume of end product of caramel may be added for colour stability.
Grape must has to be produced from the following vine varieties: Lambrusco, Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Albana, Ancellotta, Fortana and Montuni
Refining and Aging must take place in high-quality wood receptacles for at least 60 days from the date at which the raw materials are assembled and ready for processing.
The name ‘Aceto Balsamico di Modena’ may not be qualified in any way, even in numerical form. It can only be qualified as AGED, the product that is aged in wood for a period of three years or more.
The receptacles in which ‘Aceto Balsamico di Modena’ is released for direct consumption must be made of glass, wood, ceramic or terracotta with the following capacity> 0,250/0,500/0,750 l 1/2/3/5 l.
For the product intended for professional use, are also allowed plastic receptacles starting from 2 L of capacity.
The Ministero delle Politiche Agricole alimentari e Forestali, appoints a Control Body that, with the support of an accredited laboratory, perform the surveillance provided in the Control Plan.
Product traceability throughout the entire supply chain is guaranteed thanks to the registration in a data base of growers, wineries, producers of must, processors and bottlers, and through timely notification of quantities produced and packaged.
Control body carries activity of assessment, inspections, and test among all those who contribute to the achievement of the name Aceto Balsamico di Modena PGI; this guarantees the Compliance with the Production Specification
The Production Specification impose that each batch must be sampled and analyzed by the Control Body.
Once checked that all the documentation and sample properties are in compliance with the regulation, a certificate of conformity is issued and the batch can be placed on the market.
The CB also verifies and validates all the labels / packaging before use, in order to ensure compliance with the Production Specification and Control Plan.
/density at 20 °C>
not less than 1,
for the refined product
/actual alcohol strength>
not more than 1,5 %
not less than 6 %
not more than 100 mg/l
not less than 2,5
30 g per litre
not less than 110 g/l,
EN 4.7.2009 Official Journal
of the European
Union L 175/9
clear and bright
persistent, delicate and slightly acidic with woody overtones