Balsamic Vinegar Cellar at Babylonstoren

Across the way from the juicery is the balsamic vinegar cellar. Having focused on preserving the freshness of juices, visitors can now appreciate the ageing process and what it takes to make balsamic vinegar the traditional way. Only 5% of the world’s balsamic vinegar can be labelled DOP (Denominazione d'Origine Protetta or protected designation of origin), which means that it has been aged from between 12 and 25 years, is marked by annual decants and is bottled in small, round 100 ml bottles. Traditionally, DOP is made by small family producers and used sparingly and only for very special occasions and family celebrations.