History of Singani

It was in the early 1500's when Spanish religious orders began to introduce the cultivation of European crops on soil which is today Bolivia.  They brought with them the means to plant olives, figs, and of course the grapes which would be needed for wine with which to celebrate Mass.

As they went forth, they thrust seedlings into the ground, and noted where they grew and where they did not.  Grape vines in particular were sensitive to the weather, and people found that only in certain micro-climates tucked away in the Andes mountains would the vine flourish.

The monks and priests entering what is today Bolivia were traveling in the wake of others seeking wealth.  In the 1540's silver was discovered in the mountain of Potosi and a sizeable city rapidly grew there.

Probing for ground suitable for vineyards, it was natural that missionaries would settle near population centers, and there, in valleys not far from Potosi, the production of wine was initiated, the year was about 1548.

Legend says that in a mission near the indigenous settlement of Singani, itself centuries old, Spanish monks first turned to the production of spirits, as they said, in an effort to ward off the cold.  Singani was born.

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