Favuzzi Champagne vinegar
Vinegar with a light golden colour and bright fresh fruit aroma, with a hint of minerality. Its sweet taste, featuring just a touch of acidity, reveals notes of pear and pie spices.
Heavenly in a mignonette served with oysters. Combine it with our lemon olive oil and our fleur de sel to make a vinaigrette. Use it to marinate fresh fish for a delicious ceviche or carpaccio. Add a few drops to a glass of bubbly wine to enhance depth and acidity.
A delicate vinegar with fresh and fruity notes, made with chardonnay vinegar aged 6 months in oak casks and vinegar from the Champagne-Ardenne region. The "champagne" name is protected by a designation of origin (PDO). Producers can use the name on their labels on the condition that their products include a certain percentage of champagne from France's Champagne region. This vinegar is crafted according to a method invented in 1823 by German chemist Schützenbach. Unlike most commercial vinegars, it undergoes a long aging process. Ten times slower than usual industrial techniques, the Schützenbach method consists in exposing the alcohol to the air as much as possible by circulating the vinegar in various sections of a large tank. The greater contact area between air and alcohol intensifies the transformation of alcohol to vinegar by bacteria. This method allows the vinegar to better retain the flavours and aromas of the base wine, while also imparting a mellower taste.
Founded in 1908 by Augustin Badia, the company was originally dedicated to making and selling wine. It has changed a lot over five generations: still a family business operated by the Badias, it now specializes in making artisanal vinegars of the finest quality, combining over a century of experience with modern technology.
Champagne (France), transformed into vinegar according to the Schützenbach method in Lleida, Catalonia, Spain.
History and anecdotes
To preserve as many nuances and organoleptic properties as possible, Badia chooses to age its vinegars using the Schützenbach method, named after the German chemist who invented it in 1823. This method calls for a cylindrical container divided in three horizontal sections. Wine is first poured into the upper section and trickles down, flowing through the main middle section. The latter is filled with permeable, spherical material, offering a vast contact surface for acetic bacteria to grow and allowing for free air circulation underneath. The wine undergoes a natural chemical transformation into vinegar, which trickles down to the bottom section. This vinegar is then poured back into the first section of the container and follows the same path all over again. The flavours achieved thanks to this method are far richer and more complex, but the process requires time and patience.
Wine vinegar, concentrated grape must, Champagne-Ardenne vinegar*. *Certified Champagne-Ardenne vinegar produced in France.
For over 100 years, vinegar has been the lifeblood of the Badia family
Founded in 1908 by Augustin Badia, the company has been in the family for five generations and underwent numerous changes. Originally dedicated to making and selling wine, the business is now focused on producing premium artisanal vinegars, combining its legacy of a century of experience with modern technology. Discover this unique company and its rich history.
Let us travel back in time to the early 20th century, in Catalonia. When Augustin Badia decides to launch his business, he does not suspect his winery will one day… turn to vinegar. The company only begins to produce artisanal vinegars many years later, in 1940, after Tomas Badia Vila, the second owner, decides to expand activities and widen the range of products. With the help of his three sons, Tomas Badia Vila develops ice creams, liqueurs, sodas and vermouths, in addition to making wines and vinegars.
Twenty years later, Agusti Badia Carrera, the third Badia to take over the business, decides to focus exclusively on the production of wine vinegars. The company then becomes the specialty vinegar maker it is today. In collaboration with Rovira I Virgili University, in the Catalan city of Tarragona, Agusti Badia begins to modernize the company’s processes and develops a new range of innovative vinegars, marketed under the name Castell de Gardeny. In 2006, his two daughters, Judit and Marta, join him to continue growing the family business.
Judit and Marta’s arrival marks a turning point for the company, as their contribution allows for numerous innovations in product research and development. In turn, Badia expands its distribution network and promotes its products beyond Spain and across the ocean, finally entering our market.
Badia stands out from the competition thanks to its passionate artisans, each fully dedicated to the company’s success and to creating products of the highest quality. Badia believes that “good vinegar comes from good wine”, nothing surprising considering the legacy of its founder who envisioned a future in winemaking. Years later, the same principle still guides Agusti Badia and his daughters as they personally and carefully choose each variety of wine to transform into premium vinegars.
Indeed, during the fermentation process, only the alcohol in the wine turns to vinegar. Other aromas will remain… under one condition: patience is key, as a long and careful maturing process is essential to retain these flavours.
While many modern vinegar makers opt for industrial fermentation processes, allowing a higher and quicker yield, Badia continues to employ traditional methods dating back nearly 200 years.
In order to preserve as much as possible the nuances and organoleptic properties of the wine, Badia privileges an aging method called Schützenbach, after the German chemist who developed it in 1823. This method consists in pouring the wine into a barrel comprising three horizontal sections. The top section holds the wine, which then trickles down through the middle section, filled with permeable matter (such as wood chips) providing a vast contact surface for acetic bacteria to take hold, and under which air can circulate freely. The wine undergoes natural chemical transformations and turns into vinegar, trickling down to the bottom section. This vinegar is then returned to the top of the barrel to follow the same path once again. The process achieves much richer and more complex flavours, but requires time and patience.
To make its bittersweet Merlot and Riesling vinegars, for instance, Badia even adds a further step, aging the vinegar in carefully selected French oak casks, so the aromas from the wood balance and enrich the flavours of the final product. This attention to the smallest details and respect for traditions have allowed the company to create a range of vinegars with exceptional flavours, continually adapting to new trends and to evolving expectations in the marketplace. That is why Badia diversifies its product offerings with different flavour profiles, formats, innovations and more.
The line of vinegars produced from different varieties of red wines is complemented by a second one made from white wines. Badia also offers box sets containing several vinegars in small formats, allowing consumers to try them before choosing a favourite and to sample the subtleties of the different aromas derived from the wine varieties used to make them. The Merlot vinegars, for instance, with their deep red colour and distinctive red fruit aromas, are perfect in vinaigrettes and in slightly tangy sauces and are also delicious served with fruit. There are hundreds of nuances offering a wide palette of gourmet possibilities.
For many years now, Badia has been producing, bottling, labelling and distributing its products with the same passion. For the Badias, running the business is more than a job: it is part of a mission to perpetuate the family heritage, passed down from generation to generation. Today, in the vinegar factory, the latest technology is found alongside century-old equipment that belonged to previous generations, sign of a harmonious partnership between modernity and tradition. While they embrace innovation, Judit and Marta want the company to pursue the commitment to quality started by their great-grandfather, Augustin Badia. They hope their children will also carry their passion for vinegar, so the ancestral factory remains a place for inspiration, good times, tasty food and get-togethers, as it has always been for the Badia family.