The Pisco Route

4.75 hours | Pisco (General San Martin) | P I O - 3 0 0
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Min. age: 21 years (See special notes)

Points of Interest

  • Pisco Valley
Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

When the Spanish conquerors arrived in the 16th century, they found that land along the south coast of the Viceroyalty of Peru - what is 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 way 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 percent 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!

In this half-day excursion, you will travel to the heart of the Pisco Valley and visit two "bodegas" to learn about the pisco-making process and to taste and enjoy its different varieties.

Board your motorcoach for the scenic drive to your first stop, Bodega Catador . Learn about the artisan Pisco-making process, whilst also tasting and enjoying the different varieties. This bodega has a long and varied history; particularly in 1970 when its former owner, Doña Cristel Gonzales de Carrasco, reinstated the production of the traditional El Catador wines and Piscos.

From here, it is a short drive to the next bodega, the Caravedo Distillery. With their last generation industrial plantation considered the best of South America, we will not only tour their facilities but we will also have a tasting of their ¨El Portón¨ pisco at the end. Caravedo is dedicated to the elaboration of diverse piscos

Enjoy the relaxing ride back to the pier at the end of this fun and delectable tour!

Special Notes:

Minimum age is 21 years. There is some walking over unpaved dirt and rough terrain.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Transfer from pier to Bodega Catador

Travel time:
01:30

Visit Bodega Catador

Time at site:
01:00

Transfer from Catador to La Caravedo

Travel time:
00:30

Visit La Caravdeo

Travel time:
01:00

Transfer back to pier

Travel time:
01:30