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Host: Mariangela

Modena, Italy

USD
$17-$32 per person

Owner-led balsamic vinegar tour and tasting in Vignola, Modena

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Mariangela

Mariangela lives in a beautiful home, also the home of the acetaia that her father grew up in that has been in their family for centuries. The family 'acetaia' (Italian for home for vinegar that ages vinegar in barrels) was started by Mariangela’s great grandfather Alfonso, and built for their family’s use. Since then, the lofts of the ancient house in Vignola have been full of vinegar barrels made from organic grapes from their vineyards in Savignano sul Panaro. The acetaia as we know it now, called "La Cà dal Non” (house of the grandfather) was started in 1996 by Mariangela and her brother. While studying at university, Mariangela grew interested in the family tradition and decided to sell vinegar to the public in her grandfather’s name. Traditional balsamic vinegar can take 2-25 years to mature and it makes you respect the process and the time it takes to make a great vinegar. Mariangela loves working with the barrels and is fascinated by the fact that you can work on a product started by someone you have never met. She spent a lot of time in their loft, learning with her father, and her time their now brings back fond memories of her time together with her father, learning their family tradition. Mariangela is excited to share her culture, family history, and the tradition of vinegar making in Modena with travelers.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Food tour: (1-18 guests) Meet your host Mariangela, a fun and energetic host (and mother of four) at her family home and vinegar acetaia for a Modena balsamic vinegar tour, followed by a tasting and food pairing. The vinegary is in Vignola and Vignola is 20 km from Modena and 20 km from Bologna. As you walk into her beautiful courtyard you are transported in time. Visiting this old traditional vinegary is a unique experience: you enter a world full of history, visit lofts where the concept of time is lost in the long aging process, and breathe in the delicate perfume of traditional vinegar. Mariangela will welcome you in the courtyard before starting your tour in the tasting room where you will hear about Mariangela's family story of producing balsamic vinegar. Learn about how traditional balsamic vinegar, saba (a grape juice condiment to make dishes more aromatic which has been produced since ancient Roman times), and balsam saba (family recipe for a cooking condiment) are made. Then walk up a spiral staircase to the historic loft (where the magic happens!) and get an insider’s glimpse into how vinegar is aged in a variety of differently sized wooden barrels. Return to the tasting room or a farmer’s table, weather permitting, for a vinegar and saba spoon tasting as well as a food pairing with signature ingredients of the region - Parmigiana Reggiano cheese, Parma ham and bread, and seasonal fruit. Your tour and tasting will last about two hours. Mariangela will gift you a bottle of the family’s saba (travel sized) and memories that will last a lifetime. On days that Mariangela is away, her mother Giovanna, also an expert at vinegar will be your host.

Notes: Please note that the vinegary is located in Vignola, a town in the province of Modena. Located 20 km from the center of Modena, it is midway between Modena and Bologna. Mariangela can be flexible with time so if you would like to start slightly earlier or later feel free to let her know when making your booking.

Please note that this producer does offer a free tour directly on her site. The difference between their free offer and this experience is that this is a private experience with the owner herself and includes a food pairing and a bottle of saba that you can take home.

Languages spoken: English, Italian, French, German

Traveler reviews

5.0 (10)
We had the absolute pleasure of visiting this family owned and operated balsamic vinegar aceto. Even better that it was just the two of us there that day and we were treated to a fantastic 2-3 hours with Giovanna. We came with little expectation and very little knowledge of traditional balsamic vinegar - other than we really enjoyed the taste of it.Well, we had an amazing experience including family history and the history of balsamic vinegar. Every aspect of the production method and traditions of the vinegar was carefully and passionately explained by Giovanna.We left with a armful of vinegar and some memories that we will treasure for a long time.Got some wrapped in the tour that we forgot to take pictures!!Highly recommend this tour to anyone going to Modena - a little out of the way but just ask your driver to wait for you. Well worth the drive and well worth the visit.Looking forward to opening our bottle of Vittorio on our next family dinner at home.
- Greg M November 19, 2019
Mariangela spent more than 2 hours with just the two of us. She answered all our questions, helped us understand the process and shared her enthusiasm and pride for what her family is producing. We loved our time with her and would highly recommend this tour.
- L2834TWnancyr November 02, 2019
I have long been a fan of good balsamic vinegar, so when the opportunity to travel to Italy arose, a factory tour was high on my list. Through internet research I selected Ca dal Non. What a wonderful tour! It was, as others have commented, more like a family visit. We had a wonderful time learning the about the history and production of the vinegar, touring the facility, and tasting the delicious products, all in the beautiful setting that has been the family home for generations. Their balsamic is extraordinary, and the information instruction and warm hospitality make the tour a must if you are in the area!
- therovingfoodie October 18, 2019
Wat een passie voor het vak! We hebben een uitgebreide rondleiding gehad met een duidelijke uitleg. Heel interessant. Op het opgegeven adres verwacht je absoluut niet dit allemaal te vinden. Alles zit achter de muren en vervolgens in de vaten verborgen. Zeker de moeite waard, een aanrader!
- Marcel K October 10, 2019
Très belle avant midi que nous avons passé avec la dynamique Mariangela!Explications simples et facile à comprendre...en français en plus!!!Dégustation bien appréciée! Produits de qualité! Prix des produits raisonnables!Vinaigrerie recommandée!
- Expedition581979 October 04, 2019
The heading is not my own words but a very apt description buy a fellow contributor. First of all, if you are travelling independently, trust your GPS. The property sits behind high walls and a sturdy gate on a housing estate! But enter in a you will find a different world - the locality as it used to be.We spent a great couple of hours learning about the TRUE, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, as well as the family history, which was fascinating. We left feeling as if we had made new friends.This visit represented great value and we would certainly recommend it.
- Morpethian1 September 06, 2019
My husband and 2 teenagers went for the balsamic vinegar tour. Don’t let the neighbor hood throw you off. Once you’re inside the walls it’s very different. They house used to be alone in the countryside but now it’s a residential area. Very personal and informative tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable on the making of traditional balsamic vinegar but the family history of the business is also very interesting. We were able to taste different types of vinegar. Then visit the aceteria where they keep the aged barrels. We then were offered a nice snack which pairs well with different types of vinegars. And my 2 teens kept interest the whole time. I recommend this tour if you want a more relaxing and informative kind of tour
- NewBrunswickChampoo August 14, 2019
Nous avons passé une superbe matinée en compagnie de Giovanna pour découvrir l'histoire de la vinaigrerie et de la famille.Dégustation excellente et recherchée. Nous recommandons pour tout passage dans la région.
- loick75 August 11, 2019
This was more than a tour, but more like a visit with a long lost relative. Mariangela and her mother (the matriarch of the family) were wonderful hosts. Walked us through their operation which was part of their century old, renovated home and did a great job of explaining and showing us the process of making Traditional Modena Balsamic Vinegar.. The tasting was eye-opening as was the traditional snacks at the end of the visit. We left with some bottles of their product and an appreciation for the generations of dedicated work to their family business.
- Curt L June 20, 2019
Lovely family run business. The tour was educational and tasty. Great history behind the business and interesting to see the barrels of balsamic in the loft. Vinegar tasting included 6 samples, all lovely. Balsamic sold were of a range of prices from €10 to €80 so you can take something home at any budget. Italian owner had very good English and was lovely.
- Lawaward April 04, 2019
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Mariangela

$17-$32 USD

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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Food Tour
$32 $26 $17
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Food Tour
$32 $26 $17
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Food Tour
10:00am-12:00pm 2:00pm-4:00pm

Meet Mariangela

Mariangela lives in a beautiful home, also the home of the acetaia that her father grew up in that has been in their family for centuries. The family 'acetaia' (Italian for home for vinegar that ages vinegar in barrels) was started by Mariangela’s great grandfather Alfonso, and built for their family’s use. Since then, the lofts of the ancient house in Vignola have been full of vinegar barrels made from organic grapes from their vineyards in Savignano sul Panaro. The acetaia as we know it now, called "La Cà dal Non” (house of the grandfather) was started in 1996 by Mariangela and her brother. While studying at university, Mariangela grew interested in the family tradition and decided to sell vinegar to the public in her grandfather’s name. Traditional balsamic vinegar can take 2-25 years to mature and it makes you respect the process and the time it takes to make a great vinegar. Mariangela loves working with the barrels and is fascinated by the fact that you can work on a product started by someone you have never met. She spent a lot of time in their loft, learning with her father, and her time their now brings back fond memories of her time together with her father, learning their family tradition. Mariangela is excited to share her culture, family history, and the tradition of vinegar making in Modena with travelers.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Food tour: (1-18 guests) Meet your host Mariangela, a fun and energetic host (and mother of four) at her family home and vinegar acetaia for a Modena balsamic vinegar tour, followed by a tasting and food pairing. The vinegary is in Vignola and Vignola is 20 km from Modena and 20 km from Bologna. As you walk into her beautiful courtyard you are transported in time. Visiting this old traditional vinegary is a unique experience: you enter a world full of history, visit lofts where the concept of time is lost in the long aging process, and breathe in the delicate perfume of traditional vinegar. Mariangela will welcome you in the courtyard before starting your tour in the tasting room where you will hear about Mariangela's family story of producing balsamic vinegar. Learn about how traditional balsamic vinegar, saba (a grape juice condiment to make dishes more aromatic which has been produced since ancient Roman times), and balsam saba (family recipe for a cooking condiment) are made. Then walk up a spiral staircase to the historic loft (where the magic happens!) and get an insider’s glimpse into how vinegar is aged in a variety of differently sized wooden barrels. Return to the tasting room or a farmer’s table, weather permitting, for a vinegar and saba spoon tasting as well as a food pairing with signature ingredients of the region - Parmigiana Reggiano cheese, Parma ham and bread, and seasonal fruit. Your tour and tasting will last about two hours. Mariangela will gift you a bottle of the family’s saba (travel sized) and memories that will last a lifetime. On days that Mariangela is away, her mother Giovanna, also an expert at vinegar will be your host.

Notes: Please note that the vinegary is located in Vignola, a town in the province of Modena. Located 20 km from the center of Modena, it is midway between Modena and Bologna. Mariangela can be flexible with time so if you would like to start slightly earlier or later feel free to let her know when making your booking.

Please note that this producer does offer a free tour directly on her site. The difference between their free offer and this experience is that this is a private experience with the owner herself and includes a food pairing and a bottle of saba that you can take home.

Languages spoken: English, Italian, French, German

Traveler reviews

5.0 (10)
We had the absolute pleasure of visiting this family owned and operated balsamic vinegar aceto. Even better that it was just the two of us there that day and we were treated to a fantastic 2-3 hours with Giovanna. We came with little expectation and very little knowledge of traditional balsamic vinegar - other than we really enjoyed the taste of it.Well, we had an amazing experience including family history and the history of balsamic vinegar. Every aspect of the production method and traditions of the vinegar was carefully and passionately explained by Giovanna.We left with a armful of vinegar and some memories that we will treasure for a long time.Got some wrapped in the tour that we forgot to take pictures!!Highly recommend this tour to anyone going to Modena - a little out of the way but just ask your driver to wait for you. Well worth the drive and well worth the visit.Looking forward to opening our bottle of Vittorio on our next family dinner at home.
- Greg M November 19, 2019
Mariangela spent more than 2 hours with just the two of us. She answered all our questions, helped us understand the process and shared her enthusiasm and pride for what her family is producing. We loved our time with her and would highly recommend this tour.
- L2834TWnancyr November 02, 2019
I have long been a fan of good balsamic vinegar, so when the opportunity to travel to Italy arose, a factory tour was high on my list. Through internet research I selected Ca dal Non. What a wonderful tour! It was, as others have commented, more like a family visit. We had a wonderful time learning the about the history and production of the vinegar, touring the facility, and tasting the delicious products, all in the beautiful setting that has been the family home for generations. Their balsamic is extraordinary, and the information instruction and warm hospitality make the tour a must if you are in the area!
- therovingfoodie October 18, 2019
Wat een passie voor het vak! We hebben een uitgebreide rondleiding gehad met een duidelijke uitleg. Heel interessant. Op het opgegeven adres verwacht je absoluut niet dit allemaal te vinden. Alles zit achter de muren en vervolgens in de vaten verborgen. Zeker de moeite waard, een aanrader!
- Marcel K October 10, 2019
Très belle avant midi que nous avons passé avec la dynamique Mariangela!Explications simples et facile à comprendre...en français en plus!!!Dégustation bien appréciée! Produits de qualité! Prix des produits raisonnables!Vinaigrerie recommandée!
- Expedition581979 October 04, 2019
The heading is not my own words but a very apt description buy a fellow contributor. First of all, if you are travelling independently, trust your GPS. The property sits behind high walls and a sturdy gate on a housing estate! But enter in a you will find a different world - the locality as it used to be.We spent a great couple of hours learning about the TRUE, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, as well as the family history, which was fascinating. We left feeling as if we had made new friends.This visit represented great value and we would certainly recommend it.
- Morpethian1 September 06, 2019
My husband and 2 teenagers went for the balsamic vinegar tour. Don’t let the neighbor hood throw you off. Once you’re inside the walls it’s very different. They house used to be alone in the countryside but now it’s a residential area. Very personal and informative tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable on the making of traditional balsamic vinegar but the family history of the business is also very interesting. We were able to taste different types of vinegar. Then visit the aceteria where they keep the aged barrels. We then were offered a nice snack which pairs well with different types of vinegars. And my 2 teens kept interest the whole time. I recommend this tour if you want a more relaxing and informative kind of tour
- NewBrunswickChampoo August 14, 2019
Nous avons passé une superbe matinée en compagnie de Giovanna pour découvrir l'histoire de la vinaigrerie et de la famille.Dégustation excellente et recherchée. Nous recommandons pour tout passage dans la région.
- loick75 August 11, 2019
This was more than a tour, but more like a visit with a long lost relative. Mariangela and her mother (the matriarch of the family) were wonderful hosts. Walked us through their operation which was part of their century old, renovated home and did a great job of explaining and showing us the process of making Traditional Modena Balsamic Vinegar.. The tasting was eye-opening as was the traditional snacks at the end of the visit. We left with some bottles of their product and an appreciation for the generations of dedicated work to their family business.
- Curt L June 20, 2019
Lovely family run business. The tour was educational and tasty. Great history behind the business and interesting to see the barrels of balsamic in the loft. Vinegar tasting included 6 samples, all lovely. Balsamic sold were of a range of prices from €10 to €80 so you can take something home at any budget. Italian owner had very good English and was lovely.
- Lawaward April 04, 2019
Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Food Tour
$32 $26 $17
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Food Tour
$32 $26 $17
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Food Tour
10:00am-12:00pm 2:00pm-4:00pm
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