Full-bodied, creamy texture that becomes smooth and sweet. Hints of rich flavors including cinnamon, orange blossom, and citrus.
Fresh and clean. Floral and fruity with hints of grapes, vanilla, herbs, and pepper.
We handcraft Portón in Ica, Peru at Hacienda La Caravedo distillery nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains established in 1684.
What is Portón?
Nestled in the Ica Valley of Peru, amidst the foothills of the Andes, lies the oldest distillery in the Americas, Hacienda La Caravedo, established 1684.
From here, Portón is crafted by hand in small batches using traditional artisanal distilling techniques, resulting in the finest expression of pisco, Peru’s national spirit. Distilled entirely from grapes and completely unaltered without even the addition of water, Porton is a mixable and versatile white spirit dedicated to honoring the spirit of tradition, craft, and adventure.
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What is Pisco?
Portón's smooth flavors go back centuries. Four to be exact.
Like all good things, pisco began as an act of rebellion. In 1641, the King of Spain—Philip IV—imposed heavy taxes on all wine produced in Peru. In response, his new world subjects dodged the onerous tax by distilling the year’s grape harvest. In hand-forged copper vats nearly four centuries ago, a new white spirit was born and christened pisco, a reference to the Port of Pisco from where this new spirit was exported and which means ‘bird’ in the indigenous Quechua language. To this day, Peruvians call it their native spirit.
Pisco can boast what only a handful of other spirits enjoy: a Denomination of Origin. This means, quite simply, that all pisco must be made in a specific region and under the strictest of guidelines. All piscos are made in vineyards along the south western coast of Peru and must be distilled from any of eight specific aromatic and non-aromatic grape varietals: Quebranta, Negra Corriente, Mollar, Italia, Muscat, Albilla, Torontel and Uvina.
In its distillation, pisco must be made in small batches, crafted in traditional copper pot stills and left unaged or unaltered, meaning that not even water is added to the finished product. Pisco is distilled to proof, a rarity in a world where spirit makers distill to high alcohol levels and then add water to dilute to their desired proof.
At Portón, we proudly honor the centuries of craftsmanship behind this traditional spirit.
About the Company
Regarded as the foremost pisco authority, Johnny Schuler has dedicated his life to excellence in the pisco industry. As a pisco ambassador, he has traveled the world to educate spirit industry professionals and the public alike about the culture, heritage and craftsmanship of pisco. In 2011, Portón founders Bill and Brent Kallop approached Johnny to develop the finest handcrafted pisco. From here, Portón was born.
Johnny’s passion for pisco was first piqued in 1977 following an impromptu invitation to judge a pisco competition. After sipping 80 different piscos, he was astonished by the variety, robustness and complexity of flavors. From that day forward, he dedicated himself to the study of pisco. Today, he is one of its greatest advocates.
For more than 20 years, Johnny has played an integral role rallying government ministries and the private sector to regulate the pisco industry in Peru. In recognition for his work, Johnny was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Peruvian Congress. A favorite speaker at wine and spirits events, Johnny regularly judges tasting competitions, including the prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. His expertise and enthusiasm for pisco can also be seen on his popular television show, Por Las Rutas del Pisco, which is aired throughout Latin America and the U.S. A trained chef and successful restaurateur, Johnny showcases Portón in the dishes and at the bars of his restaurants in Peru, Granja Azul and Key Club.