The Consorzio Tutela Aceto Balsamico di Modena was started in 1993, on the initiative of a group of producers. Their goal was that of being granted recognition as Protected Geographical Indication- PGI: the registration application was submitted the following year.
In 1998, the Consortium issued its first regulations. In order to protect consumers, so that they can be sure of buying guaranteed genuine Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena), and to ensure better quality of the product, partners must comply with specific procedures and production methods.
Recognition by MIPAAF
In 2014 the Consorzio was formally recognized by the MIPAAF (Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies) as Consorzio di Tutela dell’IGP Aceto Balsamico di Modena (Consortium for protection of the PGI Balsamic Vinegar of Modena).
The task of the Consorzio is to carry out public functions of promotion, defence and protection of the product, in Italy as internationally.
Granting of PGI status
After years of unremitting efforts, in close collaboration with the MIPAAF (Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies), the PGI certification for Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena) was granted by the European authorities on July 3rd , 2009.
Since achieving the PGI designation, and once formally recognized by the MIPAAF, the Consortium has multiplied its activities. More specifically, it operates on three distinct levels:
- it monitors the markets and defends Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena) against imitations;
- working alongside the Ministry, it studies and implements the regulation of all aspects of production and of quality controls;
- it promotes the product and its characteristics, taking part in trade fairs and events and communicating with the media.
Grown over the years since the first twelve producers, currently the Protection Consortium groups together 50 companies belonging to the Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena) production chain.