The Highlands Tequila TourTypically 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.
Upon Your ArrivalGuests 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 OrientationAfter 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 ToursRising 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
Tequila TastingNo 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: