During this half-day Land Adventure, you will travel to the heart of the Pisco Valley and visit two ‘bodegas’ to learn about the pisco-making process and taste - and enjoy - its different varieties.
When the Spanish conquerors arrived in the 16th century, they found that the land along the south coast of the Viceroyalty of Peru - now known as Peru and Chile - was ideal for growing Mediterranean grape varieties. The vineyards thrived in no small part due to the skill and knowledge of the ancient Peruvians, who had developed a system of irrigation for the arid coastal desert.
The settlers soon developed pisco, a distilled clear or amber-colored brandy made from wine, as a means to concentrate alcohol so it could be transported to remote locations. The name came from Pisco, the port from which it was shipped. By the late 1700s, 90% of the grape-based alcohol made in Peru was pisco, and exports were booming. The drink became all the rage in San Francisco during the gold rush of the late 1800s!
Board a motor coach for the scenic drive to your first stop, El Catador, founded in 1856. Here you will learn the traditional way of making pisco. Taste some piscos and wines.
From here, it is a short drive to the next bodega, La Caravedo, established in 1684, the oldest distillery in the Americas. Here you will also taste some piscos.
Enjoy the relaxing ride back to the pier at the end of this fun and delectable tour!