Pisco the Spirit of Peru
In May 2017 APCCI alerted Peruvian authorities in Australia about a Winemaker in Western Australia who was producing a Wine distillate and calling it Pisco.
Pisco, as true pisco connoisseurs know, has its origins in certain coastal valleys of the South of Peru and only using certain varietals of grape and using a particular process and in many countries’ it is recognized by the Denomination of Origin. INDECOPI, in Peru has recently said: “Producers will have to pass the certification [process] before taking their products to the market. This is to guarantee their pisco has the characteristics consumers expect”.
Having producers do their own “version” of Pisco without following any recognized certification process, definitely puts into doubt the quality and claim to be a pisco. The fact that it is not produced in the Valleys of Southern Peru or using any of the known varietals already puts a question mark over this product.
We therefore support all the legal and consumer initiatives to protect the Denomination of Origin of the True Pisco.
A visit to the IP Australia page shows that the Government of Peru and Santiago Queirolo have put an opposition to the registration of the Wine Distillate in Australia calling itself Pisco. We congratulate them on this stance.
(Text source: Peruvian Embassy, Australia: (http://www.embaperu.org.au/embassy/pisco.html)
Pisco is the name by which a valley (and a port-city) in southern Peru have long been known . This area is also known for its great variety of bird species, including the
Andean Flamingo, the Peruvian Thick-knee, the Inca Tern, and the majestic Andean Condor. In fact, the word “pisco” is derived from the Quechua term “pisscu”, which means “little bird”.
The early inhabitants of this zone were potters, justly famous as the creators of the earthen jars that have been used since pre-Hispanic times for the fermentation of “chicha”, a corn-based liquor of great importance in Andean rituals. This town of master ceramicists was called “Piskos”, an over time the name was applied to their earthenware as well.
Soon after the arrival of the Spaniards, the sunny, fertile lands of Ica were planted with grapevines brought from the Canary Islands. This experiment met with great success: by the middle of the Sixteenth Century, the vines were producing excellence wines, as well as an outstanding brandy that was stored in old earthen pots or “piscos”.
Little by little tradition transferred the name from the pots to the brandy itself, and pisco became more and more renowned in Peru and neighbouring lands. The old village and the bay from which pisco was first shipped was given the same name: Pisco.
With its inimitable fragrance, pisco is the delicious result of the confluence of European grapevines, the sun-kissed lands of the southern Peruvian Coast, and the wisdom and experience of the potters who first created the earthen jars in which this exquisite drink aged.
The best pisco is distinguished from all other drinks bearing the name by the way in which it is made throughout the fermentation and distillation processes, the fresh must is never watered down.
The average alcohol content of pisco is about forty-two degrees; its colour must be transparent, its flavour strong, and its odour lightly fragrant, never perfumed.
Each type of pisco has its own characteristic taste.
Pure pisco, the product of non-aromatic grapes such as Quebranta or Mollar, is rather mild.
Aromatic pisco requires the use of more fragrant grapes such as Moscate, Italia or Albilla, and as its name indicates, its aroma is exquisite.
A variety known as ‘pisco acholado’ is the result of mixing grapes from different types of vines, producing a stronger pisco.
‘Green Must” pisco is obtained by distilling the must before the fermentation process is complete.
Finally, aromatized pisco is made by adding other fruits such as lemons, mangos or figs to the distillation process, thereby producing a delicate, fruity taste.
The Secret of Craftsmanship
The ritual that is the preparation of pisco begins during the annual grape harvest. The bunches of grapes are carefully picked and taken to the press, where barefoot young man stomp the grapes amidst an atmosphere of great jubilation and joy..
…The juice runs from the tubs through a canal, and is collected in earthen pots where it is fermented for fourteen days. When the fermentation process is complete, the must is distilled in a classic liquor still, then returned to the pots to be aged until the precise moment for bottling arrives.
What it means to be Peruvian
Like many Peruvians traditions, pisco is a manifestation of our mixed inheritance, an example of Andean heritage influenced by Hispanic culture. This brandy, aged in earthen pots, has always been an expression of what it means to be Peruvian.
In the Eighteenth Century, Lopez de Carabantes described pisco as a worthy competitor of sherry, naming it one of the most exquisite drinks in the world. Even then it had been justly famous for years, its name identifying it unmistakable with the Peruvian coast. Thus it is that for centuries, pisco has conquered the taste buds of everyone who tastes it.
This delicate and tempting brandy can be drunk straight or as part of the ever popular cocktail, the Pisco Sour.
other sources on Pisco as Denomination of Origin: https://www.indecopi.gob.pe/web/signos-distintivos/-que-es-una-denominacion-de-origen-
On Thursday 13 of April APCCI President Miguel Mudbidri and Vice-President Luis Cuadros visited the Peruvian Consulate in Sydney to give the #AustraliaDaLaMano donation report. The report was received by Deputy Consul General Ricardo Salamanca.
Together we raised AU$5,245, deposited already into Cáritas del Perú campaign account. Thank you to all members and friends, thank you for your generosity Australia!
A Total of AU$5,393 was sent to Caritas Peru (+$32 Bank Fees).
for your generosity Australia!
A Total of AU$5,393 was sent to Caritas Peru (+$32 Bank Fees).
#AustraliaGivesAHelpingHand #perudalamano #australiadalamano #APCCI #UnaSolaFuerza
Peru needs your help. Thousands of Peruvians have lost their homes and many cities will need to be rebuilt due to El Nino.
APCCI is centralising donations in Australian dollars to be sent to the campaign PERU DA LA MANO (Peru gives a hand).
If you’d like to help Peru, please donate to:
Account: Australia Peru Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Acc number: 486 383
In the description include: DONATION + name AND email us to email a firstname.lastname@example.org
(source: SurfOutlet Perú/RPP Noticias) (Source:Facebook PeruDaLaMano)
If you are in Peru and want to donate to the Natural Disasters which are affecting various regions in Peru. Please see below (in spanish)
The Australian Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper, the first since 2003, is due to be released for publication later this year (2017). It will look at Australia’s economic, security and foreign policy interests and examine global trends in the years ahead. Late in 2016 submissions were called from the Australian public and were due on 28 February 2017.
APCCI (Australia) has presented their view on the opportunities for further engagement in Latin America and Peru in Particular. You can view the submission by following the link HERE