CSQA – The Certification body recomended by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture for producers who have applied for P.G.I. (Protected Geographical Indication) status for Modena Balsamic Vinegar.  This organization ensures compliance with production rules.

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Karen MacKenzie February 16, 2012 at 11:29 am

Hello, I have a PR agency exclusively devoted to wine and specialty foods. I’m in conversation with the president of Acetum about his brands and the Balsamico category. I’m wondering if we could have a telephone conversation at your convenience? I’m in Santa Rosa. I appreciate your time and compliment you on a well-researched and written website.

Karen MacKenzie

Leon Chan July 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

I found not all balsamic vinegars having leaf rating label, but must have a serial number printingon the sealing label at the bottle mouth.
Are they also ok?
Is the leaf rating system not a compulsory certification?
I want to know, please advise, thanks!

Leon from HK

Hallie July 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I’d like to find a balsamic vinegar that is very strong and not sweet at all! With Alot of acid. Any help??

Rick Petrocelly February 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Hallie: By their very nature, most Italian Produced Balsamic Vinegar of Modena sold in specialty shops in the US are sweet. This is because they typically sell a product that has a 4 leaf rating, and/or are labeled, incorrectly I might add, as 18 year traditional or traditional style. These BVM’s generally have an acidity of around 4.5%. Some very thick BVM’s like our Riserva have an acidity of 6.0%, but the amount of concentrated sugars will mask the acidic characteristic. We offer a 3 leaf grade BVM that is less sweet and more acidic. If you want something that is not sweet at all, look for a 2 leaf grade online. You might also look for a 4 Star rated BVM which will also be more acidic and less sweet.

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