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Today is National Pisco Day

Pisco is one of the most consumed drinks by Chileans. However you like to drink it, today May 15th, Chilean are celebrating national Pisco Day.  

Pisco is one of the most consumed drinks by Chileans. However you like to drink it, today May 15th, Chilean are celebrating national Pisco Day.  

This date has been celebrated since 2009 when the Ministry of Agriculture issued a decree that defines this date as the day of this national distilled beverage. The day was chosen because, on May 15, 1931, Chile dictated the limits of the area where Pisco could be produced. They settled on the Atacama and Coquimbo regions due to the environmental conditions. The production of grapes with a lot of sugar creates excellent pisco.

Pisco is an alcoholic beverage from the brandy family, belonging to a variety of grape liquor. The history of this drink dates back to the first grapes brought to the area between 1541 and 1554. According to the French scientist, Claudio Gay, the first plantations were found in the city of La Serena in 1548, harvesting the first grapes in 1551. Pisco comes in several varieties:

Current or traditional Pisco: 30° – 33°

Special Pisco: 35°

Reserved Pisco: 40° – 43°

Excellent Pisco: 46°

The National Day of Pisco seeks to rescue the values of our national identity and recognize this drink as part of our heritage. Unlike the Day of the Piscola, which is celebrated on February 8, this Tuesday we celebrate it in its purest state and in all its varieties.

The official celebration of the National Pisco Day will be held at the Bellavista Patio Amphitheater Plaza on May 15, 16 and 17, between 18:00 and 21:00 hours. The triple day event will feature tastings of pisco, live music, food pairings, book presentation, master class, and other activities during the three days.

Are you going?

 

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2 Comments

  1. All fine and good except National Pisco day is July 22. Chile can celebrate National Aguardi day anydaybthey want but since Pisco is from Peru, the official day to celebrate is 7/22. Please make a note of it.

    1. you right, National Pisco day in Peru for 2018 is July 22 as it will be the 4th Sunday of July. This website talks about Chile and the things that happen in Chile, hence why it’s called Today in Chile. No one is wrong here since it’s a national holiday that each country (also known as a nation) is free to choose the day they want to celebrate pisco. If we were talking international, this conversation would be different and so would this article. The origins of Pisco can also be debatable but it’s probably best just to “agree to disagree” on that one. Cheers (with a pisco sour of course)

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