The history of the de Nigris Company began in 1889, when Armando de Nigris founded the first vinegar works in Naples, Italy. Surrounded by the rural farmlands his whole life, his passion for the earth's bounty made way to the production of vinegar. Armando's success in making and supplying red and white wine vinegars was further expanded when his son, Marcello, joined him and the company began to make balsamic vinegar and sell it to shops and manufacturers. Now passed down to the third generation, this passion continues with their rigorous pursuit of excellence and consistency. We at igourmet are proud to offer these products steeped in such tradition. With demand for their vinegars increasing, so did their customers thirst for understanding the subtle yet distinct differences between the different grades of Balsamic they produced. Consequently, in 1980, de Nigris adopted a classification system that designates a number, referred to as "Stars" for each quality. Eight stars signify a superior quality balsamic vinegar, with a rich mahogany color and a slightly woodsy bouquet. It exhibits good density and viscosity, and clings to the food on which it is drizzled. We recommend this product especially with raw fruits and vegetables to bring out the fresh flavors of the earth's bounty. It is also traditionally served with hunks of Parmigiano Reggiano and Taleggio Cheeses, a favorite local dish in Modena.