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Pisco (from Quechua: pisqu, little bird,1
or named after a type of clay pot,1
or after a port in Peru2
) is a colorless or yellowish-to-amber colored grape brandy produced in winemaking regions of Chile3
Pisco was developed by Spanish settlers in the 16th century as an alternative to orujo, a pomace brandy that was being imported from Spain.4
Pisco takes its name from town of Pisco, located on the coast of Peru.52
The first vineyards were planted in the coastal valleys in the Viceroyalty of Peru, when vine plants arrived from the Canary Islands. Even though Spain imposed many restrictions on wine production and commerce, the wine-making industry developed rapidly, such as in the corregimientos of Ica.