The process of making true "Tradizionale" Balsamic Vinegar is a very lengthy and involved process that closely monitored to ensure quality and adherence to traditional methods. This sweet syrupy delight must be aged in wood and cannot contain any of the additives that are commonly used to create commercial Balsamic Vinegar such as wine vinegar, caramel flavoring and caramel coloring. This accounts for the great price difference between commercial Balsamic Vinegars and Balsamico Tradizionale.The latter can easily run into the hundreds of dollars for one bottle. This product is too valuable and flavorful to be used in common salad dressings but instead is served drop by drop. It should not be cooked but only added to the food right before serving.
Selection of Tradizionale Balsamic Vinegars from Modena bottled in store in refillable 200 ml bottle
1 year Balsamic Vinegar $7.50 + deposit $2.5 (first purchase)
3 years Balsamic Vinegar $21.99 + deposit $2.5 (first purchase)
5 years Balsamic Vinegar $26.99 + deposit $2.5 (first purchase)
9 years Balsamic Vinegar $39.99 + deposit $2.5 (first purchase)