The iconic national drink of Peru, Pisco, has a long and storied history. The drink is extracted using various grape strains, both aromatic and non-aromatic, creating a flavor that has become loved worldwide. The story begins all the way back in 1532, and with the arrival of Spaniards in the Andean territory. The people of Ashburn, VA have fallen in love with Pisco like much of the world, but just how much do they really know about its history and production?
Spain’s Arrival And The Need For Grapes
The year 1532 was a big one for Peru, and especially those in the Andean territories. The Spanish influence brought to the Andean region various aspects of culture still practiced and celebrated today, one of which was the growing of grapes. Catholic churches in the new colony required grapes to be grown for wine to be used in religious ceremonies, and these are the grapes that began the story of Pisco as we know it today.
The year 1563 saw some of the largest vineyards popping up in what is now considered the Valley of Ica. Just a few short years later the vineyards growing the schnapps grape, those necessary for producing Pisco, began popping up in the Pisco Valley. Although the exact origin year of these Pisco vineyards is somewhat contested, the general consensus says they can be dated back to 1572. This was the year Alvaro De Ponce founded the town of Santa Maria Magdalena in the Pisco Valley, where the largest quantity of Pisco continues to be created.
Pisco spread to the rest of the world both slowly and all at once. Back in the 16th century, clay pots of Pisco were used as currency by Jesuits who crafted the beverage in Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, Ayacucho, and Potosi, which at the time was northern Peru, but today is in Bolivian borders. This mass production of Pisco allowed it to travel and gain popularity in a variety of different global regions.
The Fall Of Pisco And The Modern Resurgence
At the beginning of the 20th century, Pisco began to fall out of favor due to the popularity of Whiskey, and in spite of all of the benefits Pisco presented. Because of this, crops began to diminish, and continued to diminish until 2003 when it was encouraged to bounce back by the Peruvian government. With special regulation, Peru began producing and promoting Pisco once again, creating demand for the classic national beverage once again spanning the globe.
All three varieties of Pisco are enjoyed by those familiar and unfamiliar with Peruvian culture in Ashburn, VA. Whether Pure Pisco, Pisco Green Must, or Pisco Acholado, there is a perfect flavor for everyone in Ashburn, and a perfect glass to wash down your favorite Peruvian food flavors. For your own taste of Pisco, or your own taste of the best cuisine Peru has to offer, contact us at District Pollo to taste all of the layers of Peruvian flavor for yourself.