Whether you are a budding chef or someone who knows their way around the kitchen, balsamic vinegar is an essential ingredient for many dishes. Like olive oil, there is a big difference between poor quality and the taste of the good stuff. A lot of the time you aren’t going to be using it for cooking, instead, you can use it to marinate, dip bread in, and flavour salads so you want to be able to taste the quality.
The best balsamic vinegar comes from one of two Italian regions, Medina, and Reggio Emilia. A lot fo the time ‘DOP’ os a good indication that the bottle is going to be better than most. They are barrel-aged, whilst others are made from a collection of grapes from different regions but everything in my top ten list below is going to be a great addition to your pantry.
My Picks for The 10 Best Balsamic Vinegars
#10 OMG! Oils: Balsamic Vinegar
This small-batch balsamic vinegar uses Modena grapes before it is crafted in Napa Valley using natural ingredients. They are aged for 12-18 years using the Solera method which entails which involves adding the contents of a younger barrel over the years of ageing when it evaporates. It is versatile enough to be used on salad dressing or mix up the flavour of a pizza by drizzling it on top. It’s an every day balsamic that you won’t be precious over, but will appreciate it every time you use it.
Good value and fine for every day use
#9 Giuseppe Giusti – Historical Collection – Balsamic Vinegar of Modena IGP
This is a serious balsamic vinegar for the refined tastes of those who enjoy a bit of quality in the kitchen. It has a sweet aroma with flavours of plum jam with hints of vanilla and honey to make it a balsamic that has to be experienced. They claim to be the oldest manufacturer in the world and is a secret recipe passed down over centuries in the same family. This is an award-winning recipe that looks great in the well-presented bottle and one article names it one of the 101 products you should try before you die.
Recipe has been passed down over centuries
#8 Belazu Balsamic Vinegar Bottle 250 ml
From. Modena, Italy comes this popular balsamic vinegar that is often found in the pantry of the restaurants of top
Michelin star chefs in Britain. The grapes are matured in cherry wood, oak, chestnut, juniper, mulberry, and chestnut barrels to create a memorable flavour that helps it stay naturally sweet. With no added flavours or preservatives it is gluten-free and a winner of 3x great taste stars which shows just how much quality there is in every bottle. Compared to a lot of the other brands it is reasonably priced and is known for being sweet and sticky.
No artificial flavours
#7 Roland Foods Balsamic Glaze, 12.84 Ounce
This is a glaze more than a vinegar but it still gives you that sticky, acidic taste when poured over salads or mixed into your favourite dish. Use it with grilled chicken or drizzle over freshly cut mozzarella for a tangy taste that makes your tastebuds happy. This isn’t the most expensive, nor is it the most exclusive taste but it can be an important addition to your cupboard when you need to add some flavour. The picky chef will prefer something a bit more refined but it works for me.
Tastes great on mozzarella
#6 Aged Italian Heirloom Balsamic Vinegar
This gourmet balsamic vinegar is in some people’s eyes, as good as it gets in terms of flavour. Because it is from Modena, you know there is a good chance that it is going to be delicious, and going by the many glowing reviews, they are certainly getting that part right. Barrel-aged, it can be used as a salad dressing, drizzled over meat, or used as a dipping sauce. Pair it with your favourite cheese and enjoy the acidic flavour and aroma of this 12-18 year aged balsamic vinegar.
Can be used as a dipping sauce
Aged for 12-18 years
#5 Louianna Certified Organic I.G.P. Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Using Trebbiano grapes from the Modena region, this organic balsamic vinegar and is found in the pantry of the TV show Top Chef Canada. It features an intense aroma and an enticing acid flavour that will freshen up your meal. It lasts for up to 5 years when opened if kept out of direct sunlight and is made to strict organic guidelines making it GMO-free and no added sulphates. It’s good value compared to some of the other famous brands and should last a long time as the eye-catching bottle stands out on your kitchen top.
Stays fresh up to 5 years
#4 Due Vittorie Oro Gold Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.
Complete with cork and pourer, this two-pack offers excellent value and a quality balsamic vinegar to go with it. Not only does it help aid digestion, but this particular brand was featured on MasterChef and won best balsamic vinegar 3 in a row. It has an intense yet acidic smell and a balanced and pleasant taste that makes it a high-end product and a favourite of many kitchens. The Due Vittorie brand is one of the biggest in Italy which tells you a lot about this product.
2 pack is good value
Made by a big brand in Italy
#3 Oliviers & Co Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Organic)
It can be hard to find premium organic products that are reasonably priced as well. This is 100% natural and of course, has no artificial flavourings or colours to worry about. Produced in Modena, you get the famous origin on the label in your kitchen and it has a subtle acidity that makes it perfect for glazing and dipping bread. It is at its best when tasted with vegetables as it adds a silky balsamic flavour to a bland dish. Many people comment on how it is the best balsamic vinegar they have ever tasted and you get a good balance between value cost and quality, it will certainly improve the flavour of home cooking.
Produced in Modena
#2 MiaBella Balsamic Vinegar
MiaBella have crafted a high-quality balsamic vinegar that has a 4.5% acidity and is certified form the region of Modena. It is versatile enough to eat with all sorts of dishes, including cheese and strawberries, this small-batch bottle is made with only Trebbiano grapes. There are no added chemicals or flavours, only organic agriculture is used to ensure purity and quality. The eye-catching bottle means it would make a great present for anyone who loves to cook and when used to marinate food, it provides a real punch that stays with you. numbered and ages for up to 18 years it is one of the best on the market.
No added chemicals or flavours
#1 Balsamic Vinegar of Modena Traditional 25 year old DOP certified
This is the sort of bottle that would usually be saved for special occasions but when you taste it, regular balsamic vinegar will not quite cut it ever again. In the traditionally shaped bottle of Modena, it has been aged for a minimum of 25 years and comes with a stellar reputation and the highest score a balsamic vinegar can achieve. It makes an excellent gift or luxury item and will transform the taste of cheese, meat, salads and other dishes or can be enjoyed on its own. The DOP certification means you know it comes from the renowned Modena region and comes in a classy presentation box.
Highest quality balsamic vinegar
Aged for a minimum of 25 years