Dr. Mitchell acknowledges grants from the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education at Texas State University, PROMPeru, and Holbrook Travel that supported work in Chile and Peru.
CONTESTING PISCO: CHILE, PERU, AND THE POLITICS OF TRADE*
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2011
© 2011 by the American Geographical Society of New York
Volume 101, Issue 4, pages 518–535, October 2011
How to Cite
MITCHELL, J. T. and TERRY, W. C. (2011), CONTESTING PISCO: CHILE, PERU, AND THE POLITICS OF TRADE. Geographical Review, 101: 518–535. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2011.00115.x
- Issue published online: 20 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2011
- alcoholic beverages;
- cultural geography;
- trade policies
This article examines the geography of pisco, a South American brandy claimed as the national drink of both Peru and Chile. The historic tension between these two nations—based notably on the nineteenth-century War of the Pacific—is used as a backdrop to understanding the cultural and political contestation over the “ownership” of this beverage. Although both countries see exportation of pisco as a means of agricultural development, much of the animosity of this trade dispute is couched in cultural and historical terms. International trade policies, including the use of geographical indications (labels of geographical origin) for the purposes of trademarking, and the physical geography that makes pisco production possible are discussed.