It is the result of the Emilian lands and of a wisdom millenary, it is clear and bright with an intense dark brown colour tending towards black. Its taste is bitter-sweet with a harmony between acidity and sweetness while its odour is lightly acidic, delicate and persistent with eventual woody notes.
The secret behind Balsamic Vinegar of Modena lies in 3 factors: grapes, earth (climate & environment) and love.
Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI can be produced only in the provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia. It is produced from cooked or concentrated must and aged in barrels for at least 60 days, or up to and beyond 3 years for products labelled
as invecchiato (aged).
Fermentation begins immediately in large vats and continues after transfer into casks constructed using prized woods. The product thus obtained is filtered and then subjected to a “final examination” (analytical and organoleptic), which leads to the product being certified as Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.
The ageing process of Balsamic vinegar of Modena requires time. The longer it rests in the old barrels of the Fondo Montebello, the richer it becomes in flavors and aromas, giving life to a tasting experience able to seduce the senses in an unique way.
During the ageing process each wood leaves to Balsamic Vinegar a particular feature: chestnut, rich in tannins, contributes to the dark color; Mulberry enhances the concentration; Juniper leaves resinous essences; Cherry sweetens the taste; Oak gives a typical vanilla perfume.
All started at the end of 1991, in a small vinegar cellar inside a farmhouse. Hung on a wall inside this house, was founded a small and rusty metal plate with a name carved onto it. That name was Fondo Montebello. Believing it was a good omen, we took it as the name of the new business.
Our passion for Balsamic Vinegar has been transferred over two family generations. Today Fondo Montebello is a medium and modern company with a production process which is FSSC 22000 Certified that consistently wins the trust and appreciation
of tough markets as Europe, China and the United States of America thanks to the effort and resources we put in making a top quality Balsamic Vinegar