What does “Balsamic Condiment” mean?

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Eagle-eyed purchasers of our Oro Nero Balsamic Vinegar & Vigna Oro Balsamic Vinegar may notice that the small 3.5oz bottles are now labeled “balsamic condiment” instead of “balsamic vinegar” and wonder what it means.


There’s nothing to worry about.  These little bottles of goodness still contain the wonderfully complex condimento balsamic vinegar they did earlier, which has still been made in Modena, Italy by a small family-run company using Modica-grown grapes and traditional methods in breathable wood casks.  It is still free from additives, thickeners or coloring agents, has an acidity of 6%, and contains only wine vinegar and cooked grape must.

What’s different?  Italian labeling laws.  Without getting into the industrial “balsamic” corporations vs. small artisan producers debate, the key point is that the balsamic laws in Italy have been changed to say that any container of balsamic vinegar under 8.5fl oz that is not a 12 year old affinato or 25+ year old extra vecchio can no longer legally be labeled balsamic vinegar.

Thus, in larger bottles Oro Nero is labeled balsamic vinegar, but at 3.5oz it’s labeled “balsamic condiment.”

In any case, the USA has no such law, so we can call it what it really, honestly, is – but the bottles are labeled in Italy for sale around the world, so that’s why it’s there.

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