Pisco City and Pisco Sour
22.06.2016 - 23.06.2016 75 °F
Pisco is a city located in the Ica Region of Peru. Pisco is also the name of Peru's national spirit.
While we have taken full advantage of many opportunities to taste this clear brandy throughout our travels, we also visited a couple of wineries in Pisco to check out the unique distillation process (and taste the free vino!)
After the dune buggy ride in Huacachina, we were brave enough to get in one of the many 3 wheeled taxis.
In case you're wondering, there was no need for seat belts, because we had this cage to keep us safe:
Our favorite stop was Vista Alegre Winery:
There are only eight official grape varietals, as the Pisco process was developed by 16th century Spanish settlers.
At 28 feet above sea level, the arid climate and dry soil are perfect for growing organic grapes which we tasted from the vine during our tour.
Pisco was the first distilled spirit made in the new world.
As there were no glass bottles in the 16th century, the brandy was shipped in clay containers sealed with beeswax.
Turns out Pisco is also integral to San Francisco history! During the California Gold Rush of 1849, it was readily available in San Francisco in the form of the mixed drink, Pisco punch:
In Peru the famous mixed drink is Pisco sour: