The Highlands Tequila Tour

Typically for more advanced consumers, our Highlands Tequila Tour takes guests through the 'Los Altos' region of Jalisco, Mexico. Although slightly newer to Tequila production than the Valley of Tequila, the Highlands is no less renowned for its agave growers and distillers. Indeed, most of the agave used in Tequila production througout Mexico now comes from this region, where the fertile soil and high altitude combine to produce especially large and sugar-rich agave plants.

Just as with our Valley of Tequila Tour, the Highlands Tequila Tour will teach you everything you could hope to know about how Tequila is made, while also providing you with up-close and personal access to the people, places, culture and traditions that define what it means to make 100% agave Tequila. The difference is that these lessons and experiences will take place against the backdrop of the Highlands region - a more rural and rustic setting than the Valley, where foreign accents are still seldom heard.The distilleries we will visit will vary greatly, from traditional operations, possibly even using donkey-drawn stone wheels, to 'mad-scientist' style factories at the cutting edge of agave cultiviation, fermentation and distillation. In short, this is a journey deep into the heart of Tequila country, where its personalities, cuisine, culture and, of course, Tequila, will be on full display.

Our background in the Tequila industry allows us to provide true VIP access that until recently had been reserved for industry insiders. This is not a tour you can find from any other provider.

Upon Your Arrival

Guests will arrive first in Tlaquepaque, a charming artists enclave just a short drive from the airport and just outside of Guadalajara (Mexico’s 2nd largest city) and. There, they will check into La Villa del Ensueño, a boutique luxury hotel complete with two pools and a beautifully restored colonial courtyard.

Agave Orientation

After checking in on the first night, guests will be treated to an “agave-orientation” from our expert guide, which will familiarize them with the basics of concepts underlying Tequila production. From there, the group will make its way into old-town Tlaquepaque, where they will enjoy a banquet-style dinner featuring traditional Jaliscan fare accompanied by live mariachi music.

Expert Hosted Tours

Rising early the next mornings, the group will strike out towards the Highlands, a large and somewhat remote region comprising a number of small hamlets. These towns, such as Arandas, Atotonilco, Jesus Maria, San Ignacio and Tepatitlán produce many of the worlds finest Tequilas. On the first full day, we will stop at two distilleries chosen for their unique, artisinal approach towards making Tequila. Every tour will be different, but each distillery is selected for a) its commitment to quality, and b) its unique philosophy. Here (pictured), Carlos Camarena, master distiller of La Alteña distillery (Tapatio, El Tesoro, etc) discusses the effects changing weather can have on agave cultivation & harvesting

On the evening after the first day, we will stay at the Hacienda Vieja or an equivalent boutique hotel in Arandas, the largest of the towns in the Highlands, and its cultural capital. Here (pictured) is the church located in the center of town.

Tequila Tasting

No tour would be complete without a tasting. Pictured here is the culmination of our experience - a tasting at the Siete Leguas distillery in Atotonilco El Alto

The Tour at a Glance:

  • Trips are 4 days and 3 nights
  • Cost:
    • $1255 USD per person for double accommodation
    • $1395 USD per person for single accommodation
    • * Tours during holidays or special events are priced separately.
  • Tours include everything you will need once you land in Guadalajara:
    • Accommodations at Villa del Ensueno, Hacienda Vieja and/or equivalent boutique hotels
    • Transportation
    • Meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • Distillery visits
    • Translation services
    • Expert guide
    • Entertainment
  • Upcoming dates:
    • February 14 - 17, 2016
    • May 29 - June 1, 2016
    • September 4 - 7, 2016
    • October 31 - November 3, 2016