Wine is a relatively new export of Peru. Cervantes, in the 16th century, introduced wine grapes to Peruvians. But, the newness of the wine making industry has given wine makers the opportunity to be creative, producing a better variety of wines. Peruvians love to experiment with wine to effect outstanding flavors and bouquets, some with a delicate hint of chocolate, others with a fruit or nut-like flavor. In its infancy, Peruvian wines are valued because of the great care taken in growing wine grapes in perfect soil and climate as well as in the aging. The Chincha Wine Valley, in particular, produces sauvignons with fine quality. I found the prices of Chincha wines to be quite reasonable for the extraordinary flavor and variety offered.
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