After our tour of Villa San Donnino, we toured the property and learned all about the process of fermenting and producing aged balsamic vinegar. Take a look at the video, where proprietor Davide explains the process. He also showed us how he makes traditional walnut liquor “Nocino” by fermenting green walnuts, 90 proof liquor and sugar. By tradition the walnuts are always picked green the 24th day of June.
Villa San Donnino was built on March 14th 1910 by Lieutenant Claudio San Donnino. It was later to become an exquisite example of Emilia Romagna “liberty”. Frescoes and decorations by Aroldo Bonzaghi (1887-1918). The villa is filled with spectacular art deco treasures and was used as the back drop for the 70’s film 1900 with Robert Da Niro. The current owners Davide and his wife Cristina now produce an impressive array of balsamic vinegars on the property.