17th Edition : Chile

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Pisco is the most famous and demanded eau de vie in Chile, greatly surpassing other spirits. On the international level, it has also awaken the interest of barmen, oenologists, and mixology professionals.

This product is the result of the hard work of over 2,800 pisco grape producers from the valleys of Copiapo, Huasco, Elqui, Limari, and Choapa, located in the northern Chilean regions of Atacama and Coquimbo.

Pisco much more than a high-quality eau de vie.

In Chile, Pisco is the Designation of Origin given to a wine spirit made of aromatic grapes, which are grown and processed in the regions of Atacama and Coquimbo. It is the World’s second oldest Designation of Origin, and the first in the American Continent, signed in 1931 by the then President, Carlos Ibañez del Campo.

 

This regulation sets the strict quality standards for the pisco crafting, which are followed up to the present day. The dedication and superb quality of pisco has materialized in the shape of the highest awards in the most respected international competitions.

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Pisco is a productive, historical, social, and cultural heritage of Chile and its people. It represents our spirit and capacity to overcome obstacles and barriers.

The Pisco Producers’ Association is a cluster that groups the pisco producers from the Atacama and Coquimbo regions, as an official organism that represents the pisco industry since 2003, under the eaves of our Designation of Origin.

This Association has oriented its efforts to spreading the history of this emblematic product of Chile, its origins, features, process, as well as its status of productive driving force, that has been present through centuries and generations.

Pisco much more than a high-quality eau de vie: it is a productive, historical, social, and cultural heritage of Chile and its people. It represents our spirit and capacity to overcome obstacles and barriers.

Our Designation of Origin, established in 1931 and is the second oldest for wines and spirits worldwide, sets the strict quality standards for the crafting of our Pisco, which are kept up to our days.

The Pisco Producers’ Association

Members

of the Pisco steering committee

Myriam Gómez
Myriam GómezExecutive Director, Imagen de Chile Foundation
Myriam Gómez is Executive Director at Imagen de Chile, Foundation in charge of promoting Chile overseas and sending a unified message about the different aspects of Chile’s national identity to a broader international audience.
She is a civil industrial engineer from the Universidad de Chile, Masters of Science in Technology Management at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (USA), and Masters in Economics of Tourism at Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan (Italy), with extensive experience in public policies in areas such as international promotion, innovation and technology.
Mrs Gomez is part of the Chilean chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), joining over 2,000 members of 3,500 boards around the world.
Pablo Lacoste
Pablo LacosteAuthor of “Pisco was born in Chile”
History professor (1987), holds a degree in History (1988) from the University of Cuyo. Doctor in History from Buenos Aires University (1993) and Doctor in American Studies, specializing on International Relations, granted by the Advanced Studies Institute of the Santiago University (2000). Has developed his academic career as faculty member and investigator at the Advanced Studies Institute, as well as other Chilean and Argentinean universities. In 2016 he published the book “Pisco was born in Chile”, which gathers over 10 years of research regarding the Chilean eau de vi.
Felipe Rojas Bruna
Felipe Rojas BrunaCigar & Spirit Sommelier
A lecturer in cigars, Havana cigars and spirits, with a specialisation in Pisco, Felipe has developed pairings between Pisco and Havana cigars, presenting them at the Havana Sommelier world competition in Cuba in 2017. The combination of Havana cigars and Pisco was extremely well received by the panel of judges from countries such as the USA, Spain, Cuba, France and Chile.

Education:
– Chilean Sommelier School
– Level 3 Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Wine School
– Havana Cigar Sommelier & Senior Level in Havana Cigars, Havana, Cuba
– Havana Sommelier World Champion, Havana, Cuba, 2017

Experience:
– Judge at Piscos Catad´Or 2017
– Lecturer at the Chilean Wine Institute and Sommelier School
– Director of the Chilean Wine School, headquartered in Santiago, 2013
– Director of the Wine Institute, headquartered in Santiago, 2013-2016

Rodrigo Pica F.
Rodrigo Pica F.Presenter of ‘La Mesa Coja’ on Radio Universidad de Chile 102.5 FM
Contributor to the University of Chile digital magazine www.diario.uchile.cl
‘DatosconPica’ section of ‘Palabra que es noticia’ on Radio Futura 88.9 FM.
Member of the Mantegini Sommeliers panel, Mendoza.
Rodrigo Flores
Rodrigo FloresBrand Ambassador of the Pisco Producers Association “PiscoChile A.G.”
Descendant of viticulturists of pisco grapes from Limarí Valley, which belongs to Denomination of Origin Pisco. His studies in Agronomy in La Serena University and Oenology in Bordeaux University have made possible his specialization in marketing with the degree of Vintner. Rodrigo has a tight relationship with pisco industry due to his professional development in the heart of the biggest pisco producing region in Chile, and also due to his familiar legacy, which has instilled in him the passion for, as he says, “The soul of Chile” (pisco).
Fernando Herrera Henríquez
Fernando Herrera HenríquezOenologist and Agricultural Engineer from Universidad de Chile
Worked at the Chilean Agriculture and Livestock Service, as well as Cooperativa Agricola Pisquera Elqui –Capel and Cooperativa Control Pisquero.
Served as Manager of the Pisco Producers’ Association between 2013 and 2014.
Alfredo Villarroel
Alfredo VillarroelJournalist
Journalist licensed with the maximum honour by the University of Chile, with 25 years of experience in television, where he held the position of editor, directing the creation of content in shows like “Cara y Sello”, “Doctor TV”, “Elígeme” and the area of reports in “Meganoticias”. He also worked as audiovisual director and screenwriter in the dramatization area of “Hola Andrea”, “Mujer Rompe el Silencio” and “Confía en Mí”. The shows he has lead have obtained most of the awards that the television world gives, like APES to the Best Journalistic Show to “Hoy día” from La Red; Best Journalistic Show TVGrama during 3 consecutive years to “Cara y Sello”; Best News Broadcast to “Copihue de Oro” and many other distinctions like being finalist in the first Biennial of Video Art 1993 for a thematic report. Nowadays he is in charge of communications of a show by the Inter-American Development Bank (B.I.D.), which promotes Cultural Heritage in emblematic neighbourhoods from Santiago.

Articles

of the steering Committee

The bountiful Limarí Valley

By Rodrigo Flores: The Transversal Valleys, which form the regions of Atacama and Coquimbo, incorporate a select group of vineyards which enjoy ideal weather and soils for growing vines. In this semi-desert zone, also described as coastal Mediterranean, are clay and limestone soils, perfect for growing vines, which yield high quality grapes for producing Pisco. [...]

The countdown has begun!

By Alfredo Villarroel: Over one thousand bottles and entries competing for a medal have begun arriving at Spirits Selection La Serena 2017. The world’s largest spirits competition has placed Chile centre stage this year with the eyes of the global industry now firmly focused on the country as the countdown to the event begins. The clock [...]

THE ART OF “SOBREMESA”

By Felipe Rojas Bruna: When we think about a “sobremesa”, or after-dinner conversation, the image that comes to mind is of relaxed moments enjoying the company of those close to us, brought to life by special drinks that we treasure for such occasions. In the past, renowned spirits such as brandies, whiskies and Cognac would have [...]

FROM VINE TO STILL

By Rodrigo Flores: A lot has been said about pisco’s national heritage, as well as its origins and history, which are gradually being revealed through in-depth research. But there are still many aspects that have yet to be properly explored and would help to create more complete, powerful awareness of our country’s most emblematic [...]

Pisco in Chile, from its origins to the present day

By Rodrigo Pica F.: We owe the introduction of vines and wine growing in America to Hispanic colonisation. There were two main reasons for this: the need for communion wine, as part of the evangelisation process, and the Spanish custom of drinking wine. Vitis Vinifera only really became acclimatised in regions that now belong to [...]

CHILEAN PISCO: It all began with the vine!

By Fernando Herrera Henríquez: Indeed, the vine is among the first European crops to arrive with the Spaniard conquerors in their XVIth century colonizing incursion, advancing from Central-North to South America. The conquering and further colonization, under the guise of “for God and the King”, required the sword and the wine necessary for the consecration. Hence, [...]

Origins and Identity of Chilean Pisco

By Pablo Lacoste: The historical research conducted to determine the origins of Pisco in Chile has established the genesis of the first Designation of Origin in the Americas. The birth of Pisco was recorded in the context of Colonial viticulture, which the Spanish Empire boosted in South America during the XVIth, XVIIth, and XVIIIth centuries. [...]

A direct sample of Chilean richness

By Myriam Gómez, Executive Director at Imagen de Chile Foundation: Welcome to Chile, to a territory whose natural richness emerges from the depths of the Earth and blends with the cool air from the Andean Range, a place where wind, weather, and its unpredictable effects create unique and marvelous monuments. Here, everything around you is [...]