Sometimes the pursuit of perfection teaches us patience. Knowing the laws of nature, we can use natural processes to create culinary masterpieces of the highest quality. Like did the ancient inhabitants of Modena, who have developed techniques to create the perfect balsamic vinegar for generations. And today, their passionate inheritors follow these traditions and spend decades to make precious products that delight gourmets all over the world. This year the renowned manufacturer Acetaia del Cristo has once again been recognized at the world level and has become the winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Balsamic Vinegars in the World.
Acetaia del Cristo was founded in 1849, and today this company proudly bears the status of the biggest producer of traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena PDO (Protected Designation of Origin). The story of the famous brand started when Barbieri and Bonfatti families decided to unite their experience and craftsmanship to establish acetaia – the attic where balsamic vinegar is being kept for several years. And now, it is the oldest acetaia in the region of Modena with 2000 casks exclusively used to produce Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO. The oldest and most precious barrels in the acetaia date back to 1848.
Four generations of the owners’ families have been working on the secrets of the production of PDO balsamic vinegar to bring it to perfection. One of the most striking aspects of the production process is its duration. For example, the time of ageing the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO is at least 12 years, and this is just the first step of the experience. As for the Extra-Old balsamic vinegar, the threshold of over 25 years of ageing gives the delicious taste that is definitely worth waiting for. Acetaia del Cristo offers selections from barrels over 50 years old and others very limited from over one hundred years old barrels. Every year precious numbered collections of 20-30 pieces are sold for €350 per 100ml bottle.
“We are proud and happy to be recognized by the demanding Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts. It is a great honor for us to glorify the generous land of Modena and the work of our talented ancestors and contemporaries at the world level through our premium Traditional Balsamic Vinegar,” said Gilberto Barbieri and Daniele Bonfatti, owners of Acetaia del Cristo.
Acetaia del Cristo offers guided tours among the long corridors and shelves of hundreds of barrels, casks, and ancient vats in the attics of Acetaia. The unique experience of an inspired sommelier is waiting for everyone in this microcosm of real aromas.