Seven piscos from Peru awarded at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

Isabel Guerra

Peru's flagship drink, pisco, keeps on succeeding abroad. This time Peruvian pisco had outstanding participation in Palermo, Italy, where 270 experts awarded seven Peruvian brands at the prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, an international wine and grape spirits competition.

A wine taster from Colombia at work during the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in Palermo, Italy. Seven Peruvian piscos won awards. (Photo: Manolo Agustín)

The contest, held between April 23 and 25, gave a Great Gold Medal, the highest honor, to Viejo Tonel's 2009 Pisco Italia.

More awards were given to Bianca Pisco Acholado by Phoenix Foods, Casa de Piedra Pisco Italia and La Botija Pisco Puro de Quebranta by Tabernero, which won gold medals.

Silver medals went to Viejo Tonel's Pisco Acholado, Pisco Tres Generaciones Acholado and Pisco Tres Generaciones Mosto Verde Torontel.

However, Hans Hilburg, owner of the bar El Pisquerito in Cusco (and's pisco expert) told that the winning piscos are made especially for these types of contests, and the bottles for sale to the public are not necessarily of the same top quality.

Despite producing more than 50,000 liters of pisco per year, which is five time more Peru's production, Chile only won three medals.

The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles was first celebrated in 1994 in Belgium, and since 2006 has traveled to different cities.