Exploring Tequila, Jalisco

2. Tequila as an alcoholic beverage : Agave fields and barils

Visiting tequila without checking out the agave fields and at least 1 tequila distillery sounds like coming to Louisville and not trying our bourbon, crazy! And if you don’t like tequila, don’t worry about it. Observing the blue agave fields is a show in itself and the beauty of the landscapes is incomparable.

We visited Jose Cuervo without doing the tour. The place is beautiful and everybody told us they have an amazing tour from Guadalajara aboard a train. I think we’ll try it next time if we have the occasion.

The tour we did was LA RIENDA and was incredibly insightful. The process of tequila making is simple :

  1. Harvesting the piñas
  2. Cooking them in huge ovens
  3. Fermentation in big pools
  4. Distillation
  5. Aging ( we tried 4 types : Blanco, Reposado, Añejo, extra añejo)
  6. Bottling

Harvesting…

Cooking…

Fermentation and distillation

Aging and Bottling

I think all tours are very similar and I have only tested this one, so I can’t really recommend one over the other. But the tour in LA RIENDA felt nice, we had a small group and saw everything we wanted to see : the fields, the distillery and a nice tequila tasting.

Love, Coco

COPYRIGHT: All pictures belong to Fanny Cohen Sanchez, @fannychn on Instagram, Three Times Nine 2021.

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9 Comments

  1. Looks like a pretty town! So somehow those men hanging by a foot are slowly lowered to the ground? How wonderful you have been able to explore several places in Mexico. I’ve only been to border towns and San Blas but the locals always seemed friendly.

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    1. It was very very pretty, I particularly love how colorful Mexican cities are. I definitely cannot wait to see more of Mexico as the years pass, it’s such a big country and just like you, I have found the locals to be wonderful people. Well, I married one so I guess I am not so objective haha…
      Regarding the Danza, I think what lowers them to the ground is a mix of playing with gravity and the way the ropes are tied around their ankle. But I have not fully figured it out yet!

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