Bodegas Vista Alegre
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Pisco Tasting in Ica
When I visited Ica, Peru, we took a three-part winery tour through the desert. We began at a Bodegas Vista Alegre. This winery had a beautiful entrance. I couldn't help but flashback to the movie Blow, where Johnny Depp's character first meets Pablo Escobar. But no need to fear, this is only a winery. The tour takes you through the chambers housing old wooden gourds, full of fermenting wine and pisco, Peru's national drink. Next we went to Hacienda Tacama Bodega, my favorite of the tour. The landscape was breathtaking, and the view from the bell tower gave you a panorama of the winery, the desert and the mountains of surrounding Ica. The final stop was at Bodega El Catador, where we had the funniest tour guide of all. The pisco was so strong at this particular location, I almost choked! So before you sample, have a chaser if you're a weakling like me. This stop also has a dining area where you can take an afternoon meal. The entire tour was so cheap that I couldn't believe how much we paid for the experience we got. It is definitely worth your time to take the winery tours in Ica!
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