Distilled Spirits – Brandy – Chilean Pisco
The origins of Chilean pisco date back to the 16th century during Spanish rule. Its production was established in the Kingdom of Chile in the 17th century, and nowadays it is part of Chilean gastronomy. Chile produces over 100 million liters of pisco per year and has an estimated per capita consumption of 2.2 liters annually. It is also an export product, with the United States, Argentina, and several European countries being its main destinations.
However, the use of the name “pisco” has generated controversy between Chile and Peru. Peru claims exclusivity over the term, arguing that it refers to the place where the beverage started being produced in their country during Spanish rule. On the other hand, Chile maintains that the name can be applied to the distilled beverage produced both in its territory and in Peru. Chile has a legally established designation of origin and has had a locality called “pisco” for eighty years.