Black Gold: Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Nov 17, 2022 468

BY: Lindsay Hillenbrand

It all began with the union of two families in 1931: the wedding of Santina Montorsi and Celestino Sereni in the highlands of Modena brought the Aceto Balsamico production to life, which is still active today, four generations later, at Acetaia Sereni.

La batteria (literally “battery”, but a term used for the set of barrels containing balsamic vinegar) was a traditional wedding dowry for the wealthy and noble families in Emilia-Romagna. Including aceto balsamico in your marriage meant bringing a part of your family into the creation of a new one. Thanks to the longevity of the vinegar, if the married couple had offspring, their balsamic would be gifted again for their children’s weddings and so on and so on. 

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