Balsamic Vinegar Ingredients. Find out the differences between ABM, ABTM and Condiments.
On the market place a wide range of products which are classified as Vinegar, BUT NOT all the Balsamic Vinegar is the same Balsamic.
There are three different categories with different methods of production and ingredients, which generate a substantial change in terms of quality of the final product.
ABM – Aceto Balsamico di Modena I.G.P. (Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI) the cheepest one- it is recommended for cooking.
balsamic vinegar ingredients: Cooked must from grapes, wine vinegar and optional caramel (max 2% w/w)
Making Procedure: Mix of the starting materials, facultative maturation in a single barrel and bottling. The overall procedure is carried out on industrial scale.
Legal Aging: Legally spoken, it has to ensure a minimum of 60 days aging.
On the market place a wide range of products which are classified as Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI can be found and they all present the most different characteristics. The production, in fact, can be made on an low cost industrial scale or with the best antique traditional ways and methods. It can be sold in bottles of various sizes and formats: 250 ml., 500 ml, 1 lt., 2 lt., 5 lt.
The less you pay – the yunger it is!
L-Originale only deals with original Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI produced in an artisanal way and aged 8 and 12 years without caramel
ABTM – Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena D.O.P. – (Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO) the most precious one- it is recommended for seasoning.
Balsamic vinegar ingredients: Cooked must from grapes harvested in Modena or Reggio Emilia provinces of permitted vine cultivars.
Making Procedure: Alcoholic fermentation of sugars, acetic oxidation, aging period inside a set of wooden casks, refilling procedure throughout the years, annual withdrawal and bottling. The overall procedure is carried out on small scale
Legal Aging: The residence time of the product inside the set of barrels is ruled out by the refilling and withdrawing procedure. The minimum aging time is not less than 12 years.
By the way, did you know that from a casks-battery (usually 5 to 6 casks per battery, the first and biggest cask starts with 50-60 liter, the last one 15 liter) of original Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, we collect ONLY 10% of final product from the last and smallest one -about 1,5 liter- every year?
This Vinegar must undergo strict rules of production. ONLY the ABTM CONSORTIUM can certify the quality of the bottled product, in a precise way set by the law. It must be sold exclusively in the designated Giugiaro’s bottle of 100 ml.
Condiments – the condiments or general balsamic vinegars do not undergo to any of the production rules legally set for DOP or IGP.
Balsamic vinegar ingredients: Depending on recipes, they may contain concentrate must, but thickeners such as modified or native starch, glucose/fructose syrup, pectins, guar gum, xanthan, carob seed, etc.are always added)
Making Procedure: Mix of the starting materials. The procedure can be carried out at industrial scale.
Legal Aging: There is no minimum aging requested by law for balsamic condiments.
L-Originale only deals with balsamic condiments collected from the same barrels where the ABTM is born, our condiments represent the maximum expression of the very best craftsmanship.
We are proud to offer products made from the tradition and passion of the local producers, who follow the same methods and products used for creating the ABTM.
There is no minimum aging requested by law for balsamic condiments.