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“This is the REAL balsalmico story!”

Azienda Agricola Leonardi Giovanni
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Magreta
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Acetaia Leonardi is a family-run business with closed-loop supply chain. The Leonardi Family controls every single step of the process (cultivation, harvest, and pressing of the grapes, cooking of the must, maturation in wooden barrels and final bottling and packaging). Visiting Leonardi is like stepping back in time. Surrounded by grapevines and founded in 1800s Acetaia Leonardi Farmhouse is the place to visit if you want to taste traditional products and breath agricultural atmospheres. Living a “ balsamic experience” means: tours of the vineyards and the “Acetaia”, visit the company’s museum, professional and detailed tutored tastings and matching of balsamic vinegar with typical local food products.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 21 May 2018

Modena is the epicentre of balsamico production in the WORLD!!
We had a tour, in English, with Sara, who was terrific, knowledgeable, and bright.
She explained the whole process, including the transferring of 10% of the vinegar from one cask to another, each year, as well as the 5 different woods used in the casks.
This was a great educational trip, complete with tasting, and is well worth the trip!
Buy the real deal, here!
You will learn about balsamico, and all its imitators.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Peter A
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Our B&B host recommended and reserved us a tour. We had a short, but comprehensive private tour in English that included some education, history, and most importantly tasting! We were not pushed to buy any product at the end, but ended up taking home 10 bottles of different balsamic vinegars due to quality and taste. Would highly recommend stopping by if you are in Modena.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank StefanieMarie22
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Showed up an hour early for our tour and they didn't make us wait. The experience was wonderful. The passion shown for this product and its history is welcoming in an age where profits overshadow quality. One taste and you wonder what you've been consuming all these years. How often in life can you sample a food product that's over 100 years old?!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank I_Am_Guy_Incognito
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

My mother, father and I, along with Giacomo, our tour guide for the day, visited Leonardi for a tour in November 2017. What an amazing treat! This is a family-run balsamic producer, and have been making and perfecting balsamico for several hundred years - it is evident the pride they take in their products! It was a rainy, gloomy day, but the colorful fall vineyards popped with color! Our tour guide, Victoria, was as lovely and sweet as they come. She was personable, exceptionally knowledgeable, and so comfortable to be with. We were fortunate to have a private tour, and then to be joined by three gentlemen from Germany - we had a ball visiting all the different cask rooms and tasting the fabulous balsamic - some of it 100 years old! The different woods the casks are made from, along with how the vinegar is rotated from one cask to another, and the length of time it is aged is all up to the vinegar master. Victoria explained how all these variables affect the difference in flavors of vinegars, which cause the different vinegars to pair well with different foods, much like wine. It is all a fascinating process, one that we were so happy to learn about at Leonardi. We then had a pre-arranged light lunch of meats, cheeses, breads, jams and vinegars - it was all delicious! The staff were all amazing hosts, and we felt so welcomed the entire time. It was very hard to decide which products we wanted to purchase - everything we tasted was amazing. If you are looking for an authentic experience to enjoy and learn about one of the best products made in Italy, Leonardi is not to be missed. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Susan P
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

We randomly picked this acetaia after seeing their balsamic vinegar in a local shop and we were so glad we did! The tour guide was a member of the family who owns the business and she spoke excellent English. Plus, since she had grown up around the business she knew it inside and out. She was also full of personality and just a really lovely person. Make sure to call ahead and reserve a tour time if you need an English speaking guide.

The acetaia itself is a comparatively small family owned operation still run in the traditional family way and was a wonderful learning experience. We were able to see the process almost from start to finish (except that it was winter, so no grapes) and were allowed to taste 50 and 100 year vinegars directly from centuries old casks (divine!). Those tastes alone were easily worth the tour price. They have a wonderful gift shop where you can purchase all sorts of items in addition to tasting vinegars and cheeses. An added bonus was that from what I could tell, their vinegars are comparatively very reasonably priced. I highly recommend this place!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank LuziAnne68
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