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Ten Minutes with Giancarlo Casinelli, Export Manager, Intipalka/Queirolo wines.
Tell us where Intipalka is situated, which grape varieties you produce and why it’s such a good spot for these varieties?
Queirolo Vineyards is located in the Ica Valley, 300km south of Lima at 600 meters over sea level. The vineyard is at the foot of the Andes Mountains 60km away from the ocean, this valley has a very special micro climate that gives very good thermal amplitude for wine production with an average of 15 Celsius difference between day and night.
What’s the Peruvian wine industry like these days?
The Peruvian Wine industry is very small, and wineries are starting to renovate themselves, there is more focus on Pisco but slowly more wineries are looking into fine wines.
What’s it like to live and work in the region?
Ica is a nice region with an average of 300 days of sun a year and lots of agriculture going on which translates into very good employment offer. It is also well connected to Lima the country’s capital.
Tell us three things that are special about your estate.
Very impressive mineral soils never cultivated before, very true to their origin wines with a very Peruvian character and a tradition of effort and passion that the Queirolo family started in 1880.
Have you seen your wines in any famous locations around the world?
Well our wines are offered in Central restaurant just awarded #4 restaurant in the world, the cite du vin (museum of wine) in Bordeaux and many other top restaurants around the world.
Can you give us any insiders’ secrets on visiting the wine region as a tourist?
Ica is in the middle of a dessert and that is something worthwhile seeing take a dune buggy tour and get lost in the sand. Also Ica has great gastronomy.
Can you give us a good food match to any of your wines?
I would say our Chardonnay, which is unoaked, and a Peruvian Causa dish, other option would be a good lobster.
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