Consortium of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Consorzio Aceto Balsamico di Modena (Consortium of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena) was founded in 1993 with the denomination ‘Consortium for Protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena’, for the initiative of about 10 manufacturers of this typical local vinegar. Since then, the Consortium distinguished as the main actor for the protection of the product’s denomination, attracting several other companies of the industry.
In 1994 Consortium applied for the registration of the denomination ‘Aceto Balsamico di Modena’ as Protected Geographic Indication (PGI).
Starting from 1998, Consorzio Aceto Balsamico di Modena adopted an internal Regulation, binding all its Members to observe production methods and procedures aimed to guarantee the respect of the traditional manufacturing process, and to grant high quality to the final product: the same rules were then adopted in the Standard of Identity which was submitted to the European Commission in order to obtain the release of the PGI recognition. Consumers, thanks to the Consortium seal and the Voluntary product certification, are granted that their Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is manufactured according to the traditional methods, and it has been packed in the original area.
The Consorzio is directly acting for the defense of the denomination, and for the protection of the original manufacturing Territory, in strict cooperation with the Italian Ministry for Agricolture and Forestry; the continuous commitment of the Consortium finally brought to the registration of the denomination Aceto Balsamico di Modena (Balsamic Vinegar of Modena) as a Protected Geographic Indication (P.G.I.) within the European Union, which took place in July 2009.