“My vinegar room is my sanctuary. I still work as a chef, which at times is very stressful, so as funny as it sounds I love going to my second “job” to unwind. Most processes are slow, you can’t rush nature. The most incredible part of my vinegar room are the sounds and smells. The smell of fruit turning into wine and the wine into vinegar is present and slightly different in any corner of the room and the bubbling sound of fermentation has a very calming effect. I spent a lot of time in my vinegar room, vessels of all sorts are in different parts of the room, made of stainless steel, glass and wood. The second half of summer and spring are the busiest time in the production area with most of the fruits I use in season, The other times of the year keep me busy with filling and packaging. I just love doing it, it’s my passion.“ Chef Bernd, owner of Artisan Vinegar. HAND CRAFTED All vinegars in our range are hand crafted and traditional methods are followed. The vinegars undergo two fermentation processes, it is the second fermentation which creates the outstanding end product. Before bottling all our vinegars are aged for twelve months, this ageing process ensures a smooth rich tasting vinegar. All vinegars in our range have a minimum acidity of 4.5%.
NATURALLY BREWED All our vinegars are a natural product, no preservatives, artificial colours or flavours or other additives are added. The vinegars go through a simple filtration process. The twelve month ageing process our vinegars undergo also clarifies the vinegar through a gravity sediment method. The bottles are manually filled and the finishing touches are hand applied. Sediments in the bottles can occur. Those sediments are natural (mother of vinegar) and do not affect the quality of the vinegar. According to the American institute of vinegar, vinegar has an almost indefinite shelf life. Store vinegar in a dark cool place like the pantry. Opened bottles do not need to be refrigerated. We recommend to use the vinegar within 15 months of opening.
I hope you like our hand made vinegars and condiments. They can make every meal special. Bernd Lippmann https://www.artisanvinegar.co.nz