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Francesco I d'Este painted by Velasquez

The origins of Aceto Balsamico del Duca go back to the end of the 19th century, when Adriano Grosoli was the owner of a prestigious delicatessen established in 1891, where he sold self-produced specialities such as salami, sausages, meat, cheese, wine and Balsamic Vinegar. On Adriano’s death, the company passed to his son Mario and, in 1972, to his grandson Adriano who is the current owner. In 1974 Adriano, with the support of his wife Luciana, decided to devote all their energy exclusively to the production of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena). In 1980 his daughter Mariangela joined the company, followed by her sister Alessandra. The historical premises of the company – which are today used for ageing the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP) – is located in a compound centred around an ancient brick kiln, with its characteristic elliptical shape and wooden beam ceilings, which was built during the XVII century. In 1992 a new facility was opened to meet the requirements for new space due to the increasing demand of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, and this was expanded in 2004. It houses the oak barrels for ageing Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, along with modern bottling line with the most recent technology while maintaining the product’s traditional values. Further a new elegant building for the offices was built just at its side.
The name “Aceto Balsamico del Duca” was chosen by Adriano Grosoli in order to link his product with the prestige of Duca Francesco I D’Este, who was one of the most famous producers and consumers of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, favourite dressing at the Estense court. The portrait, painted by Velazquez, is shown in the Galleria Estense, Modena. In 1986 the Grosoli family contributed to the restoration of this precious art-work and in 2010 financed both the security system of the portrait and the new frame for the painting.


Newsletter N° 8 – November 2015

Newsletter N° 8 NovemberIn this issue of our house organ you can find: Christmas Catalogue 2015, many proposals and ideas for your presents; Aceto del Duca takes part to “Taste of Christmas”, a really special gourmet-three-days; and also, Marathon of Reggio Emilia, Concert of Saint Stephan, and a special recipe prepared with the new precious “del Duca” Balsamic Pearls.

Grab here your copy and have a nice reading!


Polenta sticks with Gorgonzola cream and Pearls with Balsamico


-yellow polenta

-100 g of Gorgonzola cheese

-1 table spoon of whipped cream

-oil for frying

-Pearls  with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena



Cut in thick slices the polenta and proceed to form some sticks, subsequently dividing them in two or three pieces.

Heat well the oil and fry ten sticks of polenta for about 8-10 minutes up to form a gilded crust.

In the meantime prepare the cream of Gorgonzola cheese setting the cheese cut in small pieces in a small pot together with the whipped cream and cook them with low fire keeping on mixing.

With a perforated ladle pick up the ready canes and set them on absorbent paper.

Finally serve accompanying them with the cream of gorgonzola and garnish with the Pearls with Balsamic Vinegar.