A new designation in Chile?
On July 13, 2015 the Association of Producers of “Chicha de Curacaví”, represented by Julio Silva Barrera, filed before the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI), the request for recognition as Designation of Origin (DO) of the “Chicha de Uva Artesanal de Curacavi” ( handmade Curacaví unfermented grape juice).
Curacaví is a city and a commune situated between the hills of the coastal mountain range in central Chile, located in the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, specifically in Melipilla Province. It’s climate is temperate Mediterranean with a long dry season, experiencing high temperatures in summer and low temperatures in winter.
Curacavi is famous in Chile for its “Chicha” production. There is also a popular Chilean song about the Chicha from curacavi. The quality of the grapes, the good weather and the hand made process of production makes this “Chicha de Curacavi” so famous.
In order to obtain the recognition as a Designation of Origin (DO), producers base their main argument on the reputation achieved by this type of alcoholic beverage. They described the product as “Chicha de Curacaví,“ a fermented grape juice also cooked, which does not include any extra ingredient, whether natural or chemical.
If “Chicha de Uva Artesanal de Curacaví“ is recognized as a DO, it would be added to the previous 15 other products that have been already distinguished as unique products, and it would be the fourth DO entered into force during 2015.