While the history of Pisco (a distilled wine) goes as far back in Chile as it does in Peru (the Jesuits had vineyards in the 1500s), it is in Peru that the characteristics of Pisco have been perfected. These photos say something about that story. Not for reasons of technicality (and there are many) but for reasons of character. We visited this tiny place on our way to the hot springs at Caliente (a community so small my maps app can’t find it). The woman who runs this operation has more than a dozen awards for her product. There is always passion behind any quality agriculture. But it struck us that here was affection: for the land, for the grapes, for her workers and, even, for us. We were sent off with a gift of several pounds of grapes, sweet like muscats, at their peak of ripeness.