Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Tour Highlights
Taste incredible gourmet products straight from the local producer
Visit charming Modena and explore wonderful art and architectural sites
Visit Balsamic vinegar maker and have tasting session of local specialties
Learn about production and aging of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Full-day private services of luxury vehicle with English-speaking driver
The Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Tour Program
The heartland of Emilia Romagna is lush with green, fertile plains. Here a farming heritage has produced some of the world’s most esteemed gourmet delicacies. Balsamic vinegar aged to sweet, tangy perfection, a piece of Parmesan cheese with an ever-so-slight crunch, a slice of salty, intense prosciutto ham; these are the flavors that await you.
Your delicious Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Tour begins when your private English-speaking driver picks you up from your accommodations. Your first visit will be to a fine Parmigiano Reggiano producer in the Parma or Modena area. You will discover the secrets of Parmigiano-Reggiano, or Parmesan in English. In addition to learning about this delicious, complex cheese, you may also receive more information about the special aging process for the salt-cured Prosciutto hams produced specifically in this region. A tasting of these savory regional specialties will start your day.
Your Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Tour continues around Modena, the town of aceto balsamico, known as Balsamic vinegar in English. A culinary secret even to Italians outside this small city until approximately 20 years ago, authentic Balsamic vinegar is made from local grapes and aged for at least 12 years in special wooden barrels. The vinegar is frequently aged much longer, even surpassing 25 years in aging barrels! The secrets of authentic Balsamic vinegar have been passed down by local women for generations, and the aging barrels were so valuable they were included in a bride’s dowry. After visiting an acetaia (Balsamic vinegar maker) and tasting the delicious, sweet, tangy flavors, you will enjoy a delicious meal either at the acetaia or a traditional trattoria. You’ll enjoy excellent classic recipes like homemade pasta and cured meats, particularly the Prosciutto di Parma ham that have made this area famous.
Your full-day private Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Tour continues with a visit to Modena for a stroll and coffee in the thriving historic city center. Modena’s gourmet food shops boast high-quality Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Prosciutto di Parma ham, and Balsamic vinegar as well as many other mouth-watering delicacies.
What’s Included in Your Balsamic Vinegar Tour
Travel by Mercedes or equivalent-level luxury car or minibus with an English-speaking driver (approx. 10 hours).
Tour of a Balsamic vinegar maker and a Parmigiano-Reggiano maker.
Guided tasting of Balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese by English-speaking industry experts.
A visit to one or two small towns to explore the local art and architectural sites.
Booking for lunch in a lovely, typical restaurant or in a Wine Estate (meal not included).
Kind note: MEETING POINT:
Please enter your accommodations address and telephone number here for pick-up. Please note that the address must be complete, accurate and within the city limits of Modena, Parma, Bologna, Florence. If your pick-up point is outside the city center, a surcharge of 0.85 Euro cents per km from the center of Modena, Parma, Bologna, Florence will be applied. This amount must be paid directly to the driver.