Bodegas Vista Alegre

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Bodegas Vista Alegre
3.5
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Most well-known for its production of pisco, Peru’s national drink, this winery is one of the biggest and oldest in the country.
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Camino a La Tinguina Km 2. 5, Ica 11000 Peru

3.5
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hjesness
Arlington, VA30 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
This was the first Bodega we visited in Ica and were blown away by the grounds itself. We took a cab there from our hotel and when driving through the town, our expectations of the wineries were lowered. Once we pulled through the gates this blew us away. We did the tour and tasting which was 5 soles each. Our tour guide (English speaking) was decent. He took a bit to warm up to us, but once he did he was very friendly and informative. He took his time showing us around and answering our questions. The lady in the tasting room that did all the transactions was pretty slow and cold to us. The wine was good for the price, we tried 3 types. There was one sweeter red served cold that was fantastic. I bought the sweet red and a rose. We didn't get to taste the rose, but for about 15 soles I figured it was worth the risk. We ended up keeping our cab driver for the day, he took us to two more wineries. He knew when they all opened and closed, so he tried to wrap things up at one winery to get to the next when needed. I would highly recommend just taking a cab instead of a tour, if you have a few people in your group. He charged us 20 soles per hour. We were able to do what we wanted when we wanted instead of being restricted to a tour. He took us to a bank too, in a safe area :)
Written October 25, 2013
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senormisti
Switzerland282 contributions
I revisited the bodega again in December 2007, they are a little bit affected by the earth quake, but can be visited without problem. Rebuilding are going on. The shop and tasting room is fine and clean, the staff very friendly.
Written January 11, 2008
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ireneelise
Oslo, Norway177 contributions
Dec 2015 • Friends
Vista Alegre is situated some km outside of Ica. It's a nice and cosy place. You pay s/. 5 for a short guided tour (definitively best in Spanish - English is so so) and you get to try white and red vine + Pisco. The tour should be longer, but the place has history and a nice view.
Written December 30, 2015
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Alex15101
Philadelphia, PA16 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
If you are looking for a winery to just taste wines, this is not for you. If you really want to know how wine and pisco is made this is for you. We started in the fields and went through every step. All my question were answered (I do not speak Spanish) our guide spoke excellent English. One of the best tours I've taken.
Written May 10, 2016
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mayuWNIenLima
Lima, Peru167 contributions
Feb 2014 • Family
To visit this winery we have to pay S/. 5 per person, keep the ticket, you can get a S/.5 discount to buy a bottle of wine. One discount ticket for one bottle of wine. We bought Vino Rose Semi Seco got a small bottle of Dos Mundo Wine and Borgona plus a small bottle of Dos Mundo with total of S/. 26.66 (got 2 discount tickets) so we paid only S/. 16.66 (for 2 bottles of Wine and 2 small bottles of Wine) We need to wait until enough people for the tour. The store has A/C, so quite comfortable for such a hot afternoon. Jesus was our tour guide in Vista Alegre, he speaks English. Since my Spanish is limited, so he explained to me in English. You may keep your belongings into the locker that they provided for free.
Written February 11, 2014
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bubbles911
Yorba Linda, CA310 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
We booked a 2 day trip to Ica/Huacachina through Magical Cuzco Tours and they hooked us up with an amazing guide (I cannot recall her name!) from the north East US (I want to say maybe Vermont) who met and married a Peruvian years ago and they now have a 7ish year old daughter. She was great very accomodating. Anyways, she picked us up and took us to 3 wineries for our half day experience. This was winery #1. (at the end of the wine tour we used her husband's company to go on the sand buggies but of course I can't find that company name eitehr but they were also great - if I ever think of it I'll review it so check my otehr reviews if you want that - maybe). Anyways this place gave us a great tour, in English. Amazing facility, a former monastery. Very old school, traditional and without a lot of intervention in to the wine. The still have amazing cement tanks. Plus the cooper pisco still were incredible. Then we tasted, the pisco was good (i found pisco to have a small scale from good to bad but this didn't burn like some, I brought home a small bottle). WIne was OK, reds tended to be better than whites. Pretty for photos and to see how they make wine there. It is amazing to be so close to the sand dunes and see things cropwing. Oh, and I will mention that the area isn't glamourous; this is no Napa you have working bodegas in and among the almost shack like homes. But the bodega itself is beautiful for photos.
Written May 27, 2013
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Cherylb1228
Boise, ID33 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
Our hotel recommended this bodega, so we grabbed a taxi and arrived in late morning. We were visiting in early January, which was low season.

There was an English speaking guide, and we started the tour right away, but we were rushed throughout the entire tour. He talked fast, didn't ask if we had any questions, and when we did, he gave short answers. He clearly gave the image of someone who could totally care less about his job.

At one point, we asked a question about how many bottles of pisco were exported and he curtly told us, I only give the tours, you'll have to ask administration about that. We never saw anyone from administration or even a door to the administrators office, so our questions went unanswered.

The Guide did one more more thing that was annoying and invalidating. I made a comment that I was amazed that some people could taste so many things in a wine or pisco, such as blackberry, coffee, cherry, grass, etc. He looked at me and said, "You can't?" I thought he was joking but he was totally serious. I found him to be very off-putting.

What the guide should have done was:
1). Look interested instead of bored
2). Given us an overview and context for the visit, instead of immediately launching into the tour to get it over with
3). Found out the answers to our questions instead of brushing us off
4). Shown a little humor

Also, we had to pay 5 soles each for the tour but were told that we could take that fee off any products we purchased. We bought a bottle of pisco and a bottle of wine, and were charged the whole price. We had to remind the woman that she needed to reduce the price by ten soles.
Written January 23, 2013
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Kate G
Lima, Peru213 contributions
Oct 2012 • Friends
For a winery in the city of Ica (since most are a distance outside of Ica), Bodegas Vista Alegre is a god option. They offer tours in the morning and afternoon (but check ahead of time for the hours since they have a one or two hour lunch break when it is closed) for 5 soles a person. The tour wasn't more than 20 minutes and we saw where the wine is stored, pisco is distilled and various other parts of the process. Our tour guide gave the tour in English which was a little hard to understand at some points but he was very informative. After the tour there was a quick tasting of a white, red and pisco and there is an option to purchase their wines and piscos. You can't walk through the vineyards but the scenery around the buildings and vineyards is beautiful. Best time to go would be in March when they are actually producing wines.
Written October 20, 2012
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F U
Lima, Perú29 contributions
Old, distinguished winery.
Not so great wines, with the exception of one that they are about to launch.
Pisco is great too, but I'm not into Pisco.
Written October 17, 2011
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Luka Pesa
Cannes, France8 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We visited Vista Alegre on our trip trough Ica couple of days ago. It was really nice experience seeing how the grapes are collected in the wine yards and then processed to create the Pisco. We also tried one white wine, one red and of course Pisco at the end. Really nice tour, 1h approx.
Written November 23, 2019
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