The first port of call of our South American Cruise was the port of Pisco, Peru, which is about 300 kms south of Lima. As the area is a part of the Atacama Desert the scenery must been seen to be believed, luckily I had my camera 🙂
Our tour guide for the day was a lady called Diana, she was from Lima and drove down overnight to meet us. Diana is a very knowledgeable person, so far I have been very lucky with my tour guides as some of the other tours have complained that their guides do not speak English well or have very heavy accents.
My tour today was called the Route of the Pisco, as there were multiple tour groups, our itinerary was reversed.
During this excursion to the heart of Peru’s beautiful Pisco Valley, you’ll explore the processes for making wine and pisco, and sample delicious varieties of each.
Peruvian pisco is a clear to slightly yellow grape brandy, or aguardiente, distilled from fresh grape, with an alcohol content of approximately 42%. Your tour begins with a visit to Bodega Catador to learn about the artisan pisco-making process, while tasting and enjoying the different varieties. This bodega has a long and storied history. In 1970, its former owner, Doña Cristel Gonzales de Carrasco, reinitiated the production of the El Catador traditional wines and piscos.
Continue on to Vista Alegre winery, best known for its production of pisco, Peru’s national drink, this winery is one of the biggest and oldest in the country.
Bodegas Vista Alegre
We were taken through the town of Ica on the way to the two wineries, the first, Bodegas Vista Alegre, was a commercial operation that produces a large selection of wines. Our guide around the winery by Jesus, who showed us around the vineyard and the different wine making process associated with the various grapes, as well as how they make Pisco.