The British Television Channel 4 has dedicated one of the episodes of “Food unwrapped” to Balsamic vinegar. The food program is a TV series broadcast between 2012 and 2013 in the UK and aimed to discover the reality of food. The program compares and investigates what goes into what we eat.
In late March we were contacted by a subsidiary of Channel 4, in order to organise the shooting of the programme in Modena. With only one day to put together an itinerary for the crew, we worked hard to come up with the best ideas. Emilia Delizia organised a pick up for the crew, a English speaking guide, hotel accommodation, and a tour to three different balsamic vinegar producers. To make the programme comparative we selected 3 of them. One producer of PGI Balsamic vinegar, one producer of DOP vinegar and a producer of organic balsamic condiment. In short we provided them with a real insight of the vinegar industry.
Emilia Delizia selected Giusti as one of the best candidate for the shooting, as we reckoned they had the best array of products and also the longest experience in the field. The shooting went particularly well and the show presenter and celebrity chef Matt Tebbutt seemed to enjoy his time with Claudio Stefani during his discovery of Traditional balsamic vinegar DOP and the PGI vinegar.
These are 2 quite different products that are both made in Modena. While the DOP version has to observe strict regulation imparted by the consortium, The PGI vinegar (PGI stands for Protected Geographic Indication) falls in a much more open domain of production where rules are much more permissive. However PGI Balsamic vinegar of Modena does not always mean to be industrial, with ample use of colouring and preservatives. In fact some of the PGI versions of the famous Modena vinegar can be very good without any additives and sold at a very fair price.
Giusti – Balsamic vinegar producer in Modena.
Giusti is the oldest and most prestigious company of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. Founded in 1605 and at the 17th generation, this family company was awarded with quality recognitions since 1800’s, when 14 gold medals were granted in Exhibitions like Florence 1861, Paris 1889 and 1900. Also, Giusti was bestowed with the Patent of the King of Italy as sole balsamic vinegar supplier.
Today Giusti boasts proudly the most important collection of ancient casks and barrels in the world of balsamic vinegar: more than 600 casks, all dating back to 1800’s and 1700’s, drawing flavors and aromas created centuries ago. This impressive collection, still perfectly working and producing excellent balsamic vinegars, can be visited in the old attics of the country house where Giusti vinegar is made, and where there is an internal museum with old objects from the history of Balsamic Vinegar.
The Giusti collection offers a range of high quality balsamic vinegars of various ageing, up to the oldest ones. They can be found in the most exclusive gourmet shops, and they are interpreted by the best chefs in the world. Like the “3 Gold Medals, Riccardo Giusti”, done with late grapes, extremely thick and sweet, aged for more 12 years, awarded best balsamic vinegar in Italy, Germany and US; the “Banda Rossa”, a delicious 20 years old Balsamic Vinegar, given by the grandfather Giuseppe Giusti as a special family gift in the 1960’s. The oldest Traditional Balsamic Vinegars of Modena DOP complete the offer .
The Giusti family is happy to welcome food lovers from all over the world, offering free guided tours with tastings of all his Balsamic Vinegars, to explore the origins, the history and legends, and how is made, one of the most celebrated Italian products all over the world.
Emilia Delizia and the Media.
Our company welcomes enquiries from the media about exploring Italian famous food products. If you are looking to produce a TV program, or a newspaper article we would be glad to help to get the best out of your time in Italy. It might be very complicated even for the most experienced journalist to have a real insight of the topic. Emilia Delizia has a long experience in the field and we would be happy to help you to put together your story.
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The tour of the Parmesan Reggiano cheese dairy, Balsamic Vinegar farm, the Parma ham and lunch at the organic vineyard was thoroughly enjoyed by our family of 4. Paolo was a gracious and knowledgeable host for the day and provided us with insights to the production of the cheese and balsamic vinegar which was enhanced due to his chemistry background. We would thoroughly recommend this tour to those interested in the specialities produced in the Modena region.
We had a wonderful tour, best part about visiting the Modena region!
The tour was perfect. I think Paolo would be a splendid ambassador for Italy in the EU. He knows how excellent Italian food and eating together can solve many major problems, and can stop aggressive behavior. Not the hunt for more money, but the well being of family and friends counts. Paolo shows us the products of ages of civilization and he did this like an artist. So after the tour we really love Italia more and we'll come back. We will call you Paolo, Thanks!
Following two tours with your guides this week I would like to express my thanks for some wonderful experiences.
Monday we did the tour of cheese making, balsamic and Salami which was very good and the guide Paolo was very knowledgeable.
The truffle hunt tour today was absolutely amazing, the guide Stefano is pure gold and the tour was built with much thought. Our best experience so far, by far.
Looking forward to more tours and fun next time we are in Italy.
The group (and me) was VERY satisfied. We really enjoyed the Parmegiano Regiano which was interesting and we got to buy some delicate and cheap cheese, the same with the balsamico. The Ferrari driving was off course an experience for life. The Winery lunch felt very genuine and the people there was really welcoming and nice people. The genuine feeling there was however the big plus for us.
Paolo was excellent as our guide. He also felt very genuine. He did not talk just for the sake of talking, but when he had something to say he did it in a respectful and nice way. Everyone in the group really liked him.
I wanted to let you know what a great day we had this past Friday on our tour with Jacamo. (Probably not spelling it right) He was very nice and explained everything to us. It sure gives you a new appreciation when you are slicing cheese. 🙂 Our tour ended with him taking us to the vineyard for a tour and lunch and there, Paolo, the owner could not have been more nicer. It was a perfect ending.
Please let Jacamo know what a great job he did and how much we really appreciated it and his knowledge
The website is well structured and we received a prompt answer to all questions. Gabriele supported us with all information we needed and the organization before the trip was excellent.
We had an air conditioned van, which was very relaxing through the whole tour. The first stop was the parmigiano production, which was very impressive and interesting. We could learn and especially see all the different steps and even taste the various aged parmigiano. The second step was the balsamic vinegar tasting. Finally the meat part was interesting in the museum but we hoped that we also could see more about the production and their work, but the tasting was delicious. In overall we had a very informative and well accommodated half day with our guide
It was great experience! We visited Parmesan cheese production, Balsamic vinegar farm, Ham museum and Farmer's lunch. Our guide gave us a detailed explanation, we were very satisfied. An excellent tour for a reasonable price, highly recommended.
Nous sommes une famille de cinq et nous avons adoré notre expérience. Les trois endroits étaient choisis judicieusement. Notre guide était très généreuse et super gentille. Nous recommandons ce tour ( parmesan, vinaigre balsamique et jambon de parme).
My family felt our first trip to Italy must include a tour of a Parmesan Cheese Factory so when I stumbled on this website several months ago I had no idea what I treasure I found! From the moment I submitted a request for the tour, my experience with Emilia Delizia was first rate. Gabriele provided excellent customer service by patiently answering all my questions to guide me through the selection and reservation of our Foodie Delight Tour. Paolo, our driver, was prompt, cordial and knowledgeable about the processes we were observing and the area in general conveying loads of information with his well-developed English speaking skills. Our stop in Modena fell on a Saturday so we were quite fortunate to end up with a private tour which allowed us to have a nice, personal interaction with the people at each site. Everyone was friendly, generous with the tastings and we never felt rushed to move along to the next location. Now that we have returned to the states, my family agrees this tour was a highlight of our 10 day trip. I was really looking forward to this excursion and am glad to report it exceeded my expectations.