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Pisco is Peruvian

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The EU finally decided: Pisco has its Origins in Peru

After an age-old dispute between Chile and Peru about the origin of Pisco the European Union has finally decided: the geographical origin of the fruit brandy produced by the fermentation of grapes and following distillation is the city of Pisco around 250 km south of Lima and thus Peru the birthplace of the alcoholic beverage produced and popular in both countries.

Peru now has the right to the name Pisco as geographical indication and will benefit from immediate protection within the EU market.

Nevertheless Chile still can use the name Pisco to market its grape brandy, but won't be able to claim a geographical connection to that name.

And what is so special about Peruvian Pisco?

The production process of Peruvian Pisco is exactly regulated. All the stages of processing Pisco, from growing the vine, processing the grape and bottling the final product, are carried out only in the so called Pisco-making region. This region includes of course the department of Ica, including the provinces of Chincha, Ica, Nazca and Pisco, and the district of Ocucaje, but also provinces in the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Tacna and Lima.

For the production of Peruvian Pisco only the fruit of the common grape vine (Vitis vitifera) harvested by hand is fermented. Depending on the Pisco grape (aromatic or non-aromatic) used and the level of fermentation, Peruvian Pisco is classified in 3 types:

  • Pisco Puro obtained from a single variety of Pisco grape
  • Pisco Acholado obtained from a mix of various varieties of Pisco grapes, either prior fermentation or after distillation
  • Pisco Mosto Verde obtained from distilling the fresh must of pisco grapes which have undergone interrupted fermentation.

Peruvian Pisco contains 38% to 48% of alcohol by volume.

So Pisco, the pride and joy of every Peruvian was finally for good reason acknowledged to have its origin in Peru. Time to celebrate; probably with a good Pisco Sour.

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