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Traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is one of the most ancient products of Modena gastronomy. Handed down from generation to generation, its production is inevitably linked to ancient rites that are repeated unchanged over the years.

Alongside this strong traditional soul, the vinegar farm La Cà dal Non has developed, thanks to Michele’s dynamism, some projects and collaborations. On one side we have innovated all the machinery used for the growing, processing of the grapes and the cooking of the must, allowing greater control of all the production and a much better use of water and natural resources, and on the other side the MATER project has been put into operation.

MATER - Project of research

The project aims to introduce innovative technologies into the production chain of traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena PDO. The purpose is to streamline the work of operators and guarantee complete traceability and reproducibility of the product characteristics.

In particular, the idea is to introduce a control over the aging phase using sensors. The detected data, processed with AI-based methods – capable of preventively evaluating the evolution of the product in the aging barrels – will be used to optimize the decanting and topping up phases that are carried out annually.

A system will thereby be developed consisting of a software and a liquid level sensor to be put inside the barrels of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. The data recorded at the variation of the outside temperature and the content of the barrels, together with historical data, will train a model based on machine learning and AI, which can predict annual evaporation. The model will be the heart of a software capable of suggesting the optimal picking and decanting quantities to obtain the desired physical characteristics of the product, and to guarantee traceability.

Mater is a project financed under the “PSR Call 16.2.01 – Support for pilot projects and for the development of new products, practices, processes and technologies in the agricultural and agro-industrial sector”.

Smart Innovation, access point to the CNR network on the national territory, and partner of Società Agricola La Cà dal Non in the development of the project.

16.2.01 Support measure for pilot projects and for the development of new products, practices, processes and technologies in the agricultural and agro-industrial sector. M.A.T.e R Project. Misurazione Automazione Travasi e Rincalzi per Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena (Measurement, Automation of Transfering and Refills for Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena)

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