HISTORY

THE OLDEST VINEYARD OF SOUTHAMERICA

“In the decade of the 1540’s Francisco de Carabantes created the Tacama Vineyard, which is the oldest in Peru, and from where the grapevine was disseminated to Chile and Argentina.”

History of the Chilean Wine, José del Pozo

According to the famous historian María Rostworowski in her book Costa Peruana Prehispánica (Pre-Hispanic Peruvian Coast), the land on which the Tacama Winery is located, in Ica, an oasis situated 300 kms south of Lima, was conquered from the dwellers by the quechua people from Cusco, led by the Inca Pachacútec, 100 years before the arrival of the Spaniards. The referred area was set aside by the Inca ruler for his sacred crop: the coca leaf. With the arrival of the Spaniards, the lands of Tacama were transferred from one monarch to another, thereby becoming property of the Spanish Crown. It must be noted that despite the change of owners, its crops, the coca leaf and subsequently the grape, continued to serve those whose men considered as their only god.

Tacama's vineyard was created in the 16th century with vine from Canary Islands. The original objective was to supply wine to different religious orders that were recently established in the City of Kings (Lima, capital of the Peruvian vice royalty). Since then, its consumption was associated to health and a better quality of life far away from diseases. After that, in 1776, a protectionist measure from Spain prohibited Peruvian wine exports, which promoted its DISTILLATION, and that is how PISCO was created, a typical Peruvian grape liquor that was an option for Peruvian winemakers.

HISTORY

THE OLDEST VINEYARD OF SOUTHAMERICA

In the 19th century, Pisco traveled around the world, to the point that English writer Rudyard Kipling mentions it in his novels. During California gold rush (1950's), pisco was exported to San Francisco, and they created a cocktail in 1872 called "Pisco Punch", which became very trendy. Pisco Mosto Verte by Tacama has received important acknowledgments since the beginning: silver medal at Lima Industrial Exhibition (1869) and at the National Exhibition in the categories of Pure, Muscatel, Italia and Mosto Verde (1872).

In 1889, the present owners, the Olaechea family, purchased the Tacama vineyard and wine cellar from the Order of St. Augustine. Later, in 1920, after the First World War, Tacama initiated its contact with French technology by importing wine casks and machinery and hiring French technicians. This is the beginning of the winery’s renewal, with the introduction of grapes imported from France as well as the first steps taken to produce wines using modern techniques.

Within this line of work, in 1962 Tacama hires the reputed French wine expert Robert Niederman., who raises the quality of the products and, as from that date, the greatest French experts –world authorities in the wine making industry– become the consultants of Tacama, traveling constantly to Ica during the grape harvesting season, advising it on the blending of the wines and applying the latest discoveries of the art of wine making. Professors Jean Ribéreau-Gayon, Émile Peynaud, Max Rives, Alain Carbonneau, Pascal Ribereau-Gayon, Pierre-Louis Teissedre, entre otros, han colaborado para mantener una constante comunicación entre el viñedo, la bodega y los últimos procesos y técnicas de producción., among others, collaborated in maintaining constant communication among the vineyard, the winery and the latest production processes and methods.

HISTORY

THE OLDEST VINEYARD OF SOUTHAMERICA

These prominent figures visited Tacama on a yearly basis. It is them, Robert Niederman and Frederic Thibaut, our current enologist, who with their knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm, have furthered the success of our wines, sparkling wines and piscos.

In the 70’s, despite the political unrest and having lost more than 80% of its land (product of a State confiscation plan as part of a far-fetched demagogical project), Tacama continued experimenting and searching for the finest quality in its products.

During the 80’s, in the midst of the political, economic and social instability of the country, Tacama continued to bet on Peru, preparing international quality wines, sparkling wines and piscos. It also continued to experiment both in the field and in the winery, introducing new varieties, irrigation systems, crop growing systems and state-of-the-art machinery.

During the 80’s, in the midst of the political, economic and social instability of the country, Tacama continued to bet on Peru, preparing international quality wines, sparkling wines and piscos. It also continued to experiment both in the field and in the winery, introducing new varieties, irrigation systems, crop growing systems and state-of-the-art machinery.

HISTORY

THE OLDEST VINEYARD OF SOUTHAMERICA

Since then, Tacama exports to the most important wine producing regions of the world, such as France, Spain, Italy, the United States and to large and important markets such as the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Japan, Colombia, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland, among others.

The wine list of the “Spoon” restaurant, owned by the famous French chef Alain Ducasse along with Fauchon, the famous Parisian delicatessen and Harrods, El Corte Inglés chain of department stores, have witnessed the quality of our products.

As of the year 2000, with the joint effort of its shareholders, Tacama began to repurchase its land. In line with the times, the fourth generation of the Olaechea family begins the construction of a new winery that was inaugurated in 2008, with a large investment aimed at introducing the latest technology for the production of wines, sparkling wines and piscos innovative procedures ranging from irrigation systems to bottling systems are introduced.

HISTORY

THE OLDEST VINEYARD OF SOUTHAMERICA

“In the decade of the 1540’s Francisco de Carabantes created the Tacama Vineyard, which is the oldest in Peru, and from where the grapevine was disseminated to Chile and Argentina.”

History of the Chilean Wine, José del Pozo

According to the famous historian María Rostworowski in her book Costa Peruana Prehispánica (Pre-Hispanic Peruvian Coast), the land on which the Tacama Winery is located, in Ica, an oasis situated 300 kms south of Lima, was conquered from the dwellers by the quechua people from Cusco, led by the Inca Pachacútec, 100 years before the arrival of the Spaniards. The referred area was set aside by the Inca ruler for his sacred crop: the coca leaf. With the arrival of the Spaniards, the lands of Tacama were transferred from one monarch to another, thereby becoming property of the Spanish Crown. It must be noted that despite the change of owners, its crops, the coca leaf and subsequently the grape, continued to serve those whose men considered as their only god.

Tacama's vineyard was created in the 16th century with vine from Canary Islands. The original objective was to supply wine to different religious orders that were recently established in the City of Kings (Lima, capital of the Peruvian vice royalty). Since then, its consumption was associated to health and a better quality of life far away from diseases. After that, in 1776, a protectionist measure from Spain prohibited Peruvian wine exports, which promoted its DISTILLATION, and that is how PISCO was created, a typical Peruvian grape liquor that was an option for Peruvian winemakers.

In the 19th century, Pisco traveled around the world, to the point that English writer Rudyard Kipling mentions it in his novels. During California gold rush (1950's), pisco was exported to San Francisco, and they created a cocktail in 1872 called "Pisco Punch", which became very trendy. Pisco Mosto Verte by Tacama has received important acknowledgments since the beginning: silver medal at Lima Industrial Exhibition (1869) and at the National Exhibition in the categories of Pure, Muscatel, Italia and Mosto Verde (1872).

In 1889, the present owners, the Olaechea family, purchased the Tacama vineyard and wine cellar from the Order of St. Augustine. Later, in 1920, after the First World War, Tacama initiated its contact with French technology by importing wine casks and machinery and hiring French technicians. This is the beginning of the winery’s renewal, with the introduction of grapes imported from France as well as the first steps taken to produce wines using modern techniques.

Within this line of work, in 1962 Tacama hires the reputed French wine expert Robert Niederman., who raises the quality of the products and, as from that date, the greatest French experts –world authorities in the wine making industry– become the consultants of Tacama, traveling constantly to Ica during the grape harvesting season, advising it on the blending of the wines and applying the latest discoveries of the art of wine making. Professors Jean Ribéreau-Gayon, Émile Peynaud, Max Rives, Alain Carbonneau, Pascal Ribereau-Gayon, Pierre-Louis Teissedre, entre otros, han colaborado para mantener una constante comunicación entre el viñedo, la bodega y los últimos procesos y técnicas de producción., among others, collaborated in maintaining constant communication among the vineyard, the winery and the latest production processes and methods.

These prominent figures visited Tacama on a yearly basis. It is them, Robert Niederman and Frederic Thibaut, our current enologist, who with their knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm, have furthered the success of our wines, sparkling wines and piscos.

In the 70’s, despite the political unrest and having lost more than 80% of its land (product of a State confiscation plan as part of a far-fetched demagogical project), Tacama continued experimenting and searching for the finest quality in its products.

During the 80’s, in the midst of the political, economic and social instability of the country, Tacama continued to bet on Peru, preparing international quality wines, sparkling wines and piscos. It also continued to experiment both in the field and in the winery, introducing new varieties, irrigation systems, crop growing systems and state-of-the-art machinery.

During the 80’s, in the midst of the political, economic and social instability of the country, Tacama continued to bet on Peru, preparing international quality wines, sparkling wines and piscos. It also continued to experiment both in the field and in the winery, introducing new varieties, irrigation systems, crop growing systems and state-of-the-art machinery.

Since then, Tacama exports to the most important wine producing regions of the world, such as France, Spain, Italy, the United States and to large and important markets such as the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Japan, Colombia, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland, among others.

The wine list of the “Spoon” restaurant, owned by the famous French chef Alain Ducasse along with Fauchon, the famous Parisian delicatessen and Harrods, El Corte Inglés chain of department stores, have witnessed the quality of our products.

As of the year 2000, with the joint effort of its shareholders, Tacama began to repurchase its land. In line with the times, the fourth generation of the Olaechea family begins the construction of a new winery that was inaugurated in 2008, with a large investment aimed at introducing the latest technology for the production of wines, sparkling wines and piscos innovative procedures ranging from irrigation systems to bottling systems are introduced.

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