Perus pisco finds favour with US consumers

Peru's pisco finds favour with US consumers

Exports of Peru's quintessential grape brandy, pisco sour, surged 152% during the first five months of 2010.

Pisco demand recovered after a collapse in the same period of last year thanks to rising demand in the US and Chile, as well as in new markets, according to export association Adex.

Exports of Pisco totalled US$784,502 from January to the end of May, compared to $311,656 a year earlier but below a record $1.53m in 2008.

The US accounted for the bulk of exports, buying as much as $308,404-worth, up 288% from 2008. Chile was second with imports rising 347%. Colombia, Spain and Argentina were also key buyers while industry efforts to enter new markets in Mexico, China, Israel, Uruguay, Morocco and El Salvador boosted fortunes.

Peru's leading pisco suppliers are Qeros Peru, Compania Destiladora del Peru and Vina Tamca.