The neverending battle between Chile and Peru to get “Pisco” recognized as an original and native drink from their own countries has lived another episode, now in Guatemala. Pisco is a grape Brandy distilled in Chile or Peru.
After the efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru, the Intellectual Property Office in Guatemala has recognized “Pisco” as a Denomination of Origin (DO) from Peru.
In the European Union, Pisco was recognized to Chile and Peru in different times. In 2002, the EU recognized Chile´s Pisco as a DO through a trade agreement. Nevertheless, in 2013 the European Commission recognized to Peru the name “Pisco” as a Geographical Indication (GI), with the following clarification: “the protection of the geographical indication ‘Pisco’ for products originating in Peru does not hinder the use of such denomination for products originating in Chile.” (link).