Wines made where no one believed vines would grow. Enologists who strive to get the most out of the...
Peru’s Wine Route
The Peruvian Wine Route begins 19 miles outside of Lima at the traditional Casa Hacienda and production facilities of Viña Queirolo in Cañete, in the historic district of Pachacámac, and ends in Ica, 186 miles to the south. The first stop, Queirolo, shines with recently updated technology designed to bring the production processes in line with the best in the world. There will soon be a boutique hotel where you can spend the night and savor your visit for a little longer.
Whether you stop on your way to Ica or on your return trip, don’t miss the chance to visit Bodegas y Viñedos Tabernero in Chincha (125 miles south of Lima). Founded in the late-19th century and acquired at the end of the 1930s by its current owners, the Rotondo family, this winery is Peru’s second largest and plans to expand over the next few years. Production is overseen by Bertrand Jolly, a French enologist with a knack for explaining even the most complex processes in a way that makes the tour a very natural learning experience. If you’re lucky, Don Carlos Rotondo will accompany you on the tour and make it that much more memorable.
You can sample white wine, red wine and pisco at both sites, followed by lunch al fresco or in the dining room. Be sure to ask about the specialties of the house, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.