What do you do, my dear, to stay so beautiful? I drink “Coca des Incas” every day… This is the slogan of the drink that was fashionable in the 1900s in Paris, made from red wine and Coca leaves! Long before us, our ancestors were already relishing in the traditional Peruvian flavors. Today, Pisco Sour has replaced Coca in the hearts of Paris and London while the exquisite Peruvian gastronomy is celebrated around the world. Nonetheless be prepared for delicious new surprises for the most epicureans among us: a soil of an incredible richness, a cuisine in the image of the country: generous, authentic, and exotic, combining a multitude of cultural influences (Andean, Chinese, Creole, Afro-Peruvian, Inca…).
And the wine! What a surprise to discover wine estates in the Ica region, vineyards as far as the eye can see, and excellent Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Chardonnay. All in the middle of the desert!
It shouldn’t be necessary to add a Coca leave to enjoy it, but to live a new experience, why not let yourself be tempted?
YOU WILL LOVE…
Throughout the stages and tastings, you will meet colourful characters who will share their know-how and passion with you: prepare a meal with the Quechua communities of Lake Titikaka, discover the coffee plantations of Enrique, or the passion fruit trade of Don Mato, in the Lucmabamba valley, near the mythical Machu Picchu.
This 16-day trip will make you discover the great Limenian cuisine to the high altitude vineyards of Cusco, passing through the desert of Ica or the delicacies from Lake Titicaca, the landscapes will be as varied as the food and wines that you will savor. Another way to be amazed by the magic of Peru.
The most important wine-growing regions are the southern and central coast of Peru (to the west). The key grape varieties are Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Barbera.
Located 300 km south of Lima, the city of Ica is the heart of Peruvian viticulture. It is here that the first vines were brought in 1540 by the Spaniards, making Peru the first country in Latin America to produce wine. The typical grape varieties of the region are Pedro Ximénes, Uvina, Criolla Negra or Quebranta.
70km north-east of Ica, the city of Pisco is home to the Peruvian national cocktail: the Pisco Sour. Pisco is a wine brandy (30 to 45 degrees) produced by distillation of the grape, like Cognac, but without prolonging its ageing.
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