Aceto Balsamico del Duca, more than 120 years of Passion

Aceto Balsamico del Duca represents the excellence of the territory of Modena, boasting 125 years of history and is renowned worldwide. Excellent Gusto interviewed Mariangela Grosoli.

Mariangela Grosoli is today the owner of the noted Aceto Balsamico del Duca, a family enterprise originating in the late 1800’s which represents 4 generations of passion and the art of catering.

The origins of our company go back to 1891 with Adriano Grosoli’s Premiata Salumeria (Prestigious Delicatessen) that sold self-produced cured meats, sausages, meats, cheese, wine and vinegar. All top-quality products. Today we are in our 4th generation and it was my father in 1974 who wanted to devote the delicatessen’s production exclusively to Aceto Balsamico di Modena (Balsamic Vinegar of Modena). Today we have expanded our company and our vinegar is appreciated in Italy and overseas as a quality Made in Italy product.

Duke Francesco I d’Este inspired your logo…

Yes, Duke Francesco I d’Este, born in Modena in 1610, was a famous producer and consumer of “balsamic”. For this reason my father wanted the Duke’s prestigious image to represent our vinegar.

Balsamic vinegar is a product unique to the Provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia, the ancient Dukedom of the Estense family. What makes the area so unique?

The climate and the territory of this area makes it unique. The vinegar is derived from grapes with particular characteristics.

Aceto Balsamico del Duca arises from ancient and original family recipes…

Our vinegar represents “home” and “family” and is born from a passion for a simple and exquisite meal which has been passed down through 4 generations with our traditional production method.

The Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena DOP ages in our historic stores that have been used since the 1600s, with more than 600 barrels in a compound surrounding an ancient brick kiln.

Our Balsamic Vinegar of Modena matures and ages in the new compound, fitted with more modern technology that maintains the product’s traditional value.

Our biological Balsamic Vinegar of Modena IGP (Indicazione Geografica Protetta – Protected Geographical Status) is the leader amongst Balsamic Vinegars on the market.

Sala dei Tini

Barrels of Balsamic Vinegar ageing

What are the characteristics of your balsamic vinegars?

A balance of sweet and sour tastes, harmonic acidity, a full-bodied taste and an unforgettable aroma!

Which dishes highlight your Balsamic Vinegar?

Our balsamic vinegars beautifully accent vegetables, fruit, cheese, meats and fish, and even ice-cream and desserts!

You recently celebrated the 125th Anniversary of your company with a limited edition bottle with a gold leaf logo

Yes! We brought 200 of these exemplary bottles to the International Exhibition of Food in Paris (SIAL). The commemorative bottle which was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, is enclosed in a fine case with a 24-carat gold leaf label and comes with a numbered scroll signed by Adriano Grosoli, grandson of the founder.

Can we find the range of your products in your showroom?

Yes, every Duca ‘balsamic’ enthusiast can visit our grand showroom. With direct sales to the public available you can choose your favourite products for your table or for a beautiful gift.

Do you have a typical family recipe?

Zampone (stuffed pig’s trotter) of Modena in Royal Sauce.

Cook a Zampone of Modena. In the meantime, prepare in a double saucepan the following Royal Sauce: combine Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Aceto Balsamico di Modena del Duca until a homogeneous consistency is reached. Arrange the Zampone in large slices on a warm plate. Cover the slices with the Royal Sauce and serve.

Zampone in Salsa Reale

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