Peru’s Pisco exports increase by a whopping 515%

(LIP-jl) — As word of mouth of Peruvian Pisco’s exceptional quality spreads around the world, Peruvian producers are toasting their pisco glasses as they reap the benefits generated by growing export volumes.

According to Peru’s Association of Exporters (Asociacion de Exportadores -ADEX), Peruvian pisco exports registered an astounding 515% increase during the year’s first trimester, compared to figures recorded during the same period in 2006.

While the overall value remains relatively modest, the increase in percentage is a testament to the Peruvian government’s efforts on promoting the distilled spirit throughout the world.

ADEX reports that Peruvian pisco exports reached a total value of US$130,452 between January and March of this year, a considerable increase over the US$22,222 registered at the end of 2006’s first trimester.

Nineteen countries imported the grape-based spirit, with the United States leading all importers with 41% of total pisco exports.

Rounding out the top 6 importers are: France (16%), Spain (15%), Germany (8%), Mexico (6%), and Canada (3%).