The vast production area of the pisco corresponds to a larger area than Portugal, which allows us to see that it is highly likely that there are different geographical and climatic influences to classify the terroir of the pisco as if it were only one. According to the concept of terroir, its meaning would refer to a certain extent of land that has a certain extent of physical and climatic homogeneity, which provides a condition of originality that is transmitted accordingly to the products that in this portion of land are obtained. In this concept, human activity is the sine qua non condition for the existence of the terroir itself. Tradition and cultural heritage linked to the processes that involve obtaining the product are the basis for differentiating from a fertile land from a terroir linked to a delimited geographical space

In the case of pisco terroir, analyzing soil types, climate and human activity determine various differences. The terroir of the north of the DO Pisco contains variables such as soil, which in this area is more alkaline and with high porosity, which entails a different savoir-faire (winemaking tradition) than that of a producer of the southern DO with the presence of morning coastal legumes and phenological states of the vine that occur in time within the same bounded area. This then, if we look at it from the point of view of terror, tells us that the same area of production reflects various aspects about its products, expressing the typicality of the production areas and the conditioning of the producers to obtain the fruits of the vine under various conditions. This then allows us to understand that the pisco and its production are homogeneous, not so the terroir conditions that surround it in each area. To understand this and using an example, the country of cognac, located in the old region of Poitou-Charentes in the west of France is composed of several other areas belonging to Cognac, from which the same differences that exist in the great expanse of the country of the pisco are recognized and that confirm that a denomination and a terror are even richer and varied when these variants coexist in it as those that exist between the rock valleys or in subcategories of the small or great champagne, broderies, fins bois. The pisco therefore owes its versatility and heterogeneity to these differences that exist between each pisquero valley and that give a unique character to the product.

by Rodrigo Flores
Brand Ambassador Pisco Chile