Peru’s first fully-equipped wine bar has opened in Lima, Decanter reports.
Offering 32 local and international wines by the glass and 450 by the bottle, Dionisos Wine Bar is the first of its kind in a country already known for its food, including classic dishes such as ceviche.
“Wine drinking has doubled in the last eight years; it’s tiny compared to France or Italy, only about 1.2 liters a head, but it is growing,” said Mariana Rossel, one of four co-owners.
Rossel cited a consumer market growing by 10% a year and an optimistic local economy as the rationale for opening in the capital’s trendy seaside area of Miraflores.
Prices at Dionisos are on a par with retail costs at local supermarkets, plus a corkage fee of 25 to 35 Peruvian soles, to encourage drinkers.
The bar offers different sized pours, ranging from a 2-oz. tasting glass to a 15-oz. flask, as well as flights of single varietals grown in different regions, or the same vintage from four different countries.
It also features a wall of pisco, a grape-based brandy that is Peru’s national drink.