Our story
has another flavour

From small business to major company. From local to international.
Our first 230 years are filled with events and achievements that have allowed us to become the Italians’ favourite vinegar.
The best part of our history? The part that’s yet to come.

The origins of the Ponti
family and the vinegar factory

Meanwhile, around the world

1620 | The Mayflower, the ship of the Pilgrim Fathers, lands on the coast of America.

1595

In Sizzano in the province of Novara, Giovanni del Ponte, son of the late Bartolomeo, is documented for the first time.

1659

Vittore del Ponte is the owner of the tavern in Sizzano.

1705

The son of Francesco del Ponte, a town councilor of Sizzano, is a Guastatore (assault engineer) during the War of the Spanish Succession.

Meanwhile, around the world

1789 | The French Revolution breaks out in Paris.

1741

Pietro del Ponte makes a will in favour of his grandchildren and asks them to live “with the Holy fear of God and also with the honour of the world”.

1787

Giovanni Battista del Ponte starts selling vinegar.

1795

The Ponti vinegar factory in Sizzano is documented.

From Giuanin d'la Asei
to the industrial revolution

Meanwhile, around the world

1861 | Proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy.

1837

Birth of Giovanni Ponti, a farmer and producer of wine and vinegar, nicknamed Giuanin d’la Asei (Vinegar Johnny).

1864

Giovanni takes over the family business following his father’s death.

1903

Antonio Ponti, Giovanni’s son, builds a new factory for the industrial production of vinegar in Sizzano.

From international
recognition to Italian tables

Meanwhile, around the world

1911 | Roald Amundsen is the first man to reach the South Pole.

1911

Antonio Ponti is awarded the Diploma of Honour for “wines and vinegars” at the Paris International Fair.

1938

Antonio hands over the vinegar factory in Sizzano to his son Guido.

1939

Antonio and Guido begin the production of vegetable preserves with vinegar and olive oil.

The years of innovation

Meanwhile, around the world

1969 | Man lands on the moon.

1948

The Ghemme production plant in the province of Novara is opened.

1965

Guido’s sons Cesare and Franco join the company. A phase of expansion and diversification begins, with the opening of new plants in Veneto and Lazio.

1969

The day after the moon landing, Aroma Antico is launched.

1986
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1992

Successful new products are launched, as part of a strategy of constant innovation in taste.

1991

The acquisition of Modenaceti is the start of a journey that will make Ponti a leader in the Aceto Balsamico di Modena P.G.I. sector.

Italian flavours around the world

Meanwhile, around the world

2008 | Barack Obama becomes the first African-American president of the United States.

2000

Giacomo Ponti is the ninth generation of the family to join the company, guiding the group towards international expansion.

2005

The Ponti Quality System – food safety, trackability and traceability – is extended to all the group’s plants.

2008

Ponti perfects its expertise in the Organic sphere with the acquisition of Achillea, a company with consolidated experience in organically-grown products.

2009

Balsamic Vinegar of Modena obtains P.G.I. (Protected Geographical Indication) certification.

In harmony with nature

Meanwhile, around the world

2015 | Milan hosts the EXPO.

2010

Lara Ponti works alongside her cousin Giacomo, guiding the company towards increasingly sustainable and responsible production.

2014
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2015

The group goes global. Ponti USA in New York and Ponti France in Paris are founded.

2016
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2020

New products and an innovative rebranding: Ponti opens the way to the future while maintaining its uniqueness.

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