Tres Agaves St Patrick's Day Experience

Ever wonder what it would be like to mix St. Patrick's day and Cinco de Mayo? Enter San Patricio (or St. Patrick) de Melaque, a small village south of Puerto Vallarta known for its beaches and seafood. The yearly town festival, held during the week leading up to St. Patrick's day, is a spectacle that would be enough to make Dublin proud - a swirl of shamrocks, green clothing, Mexican flags and Tequila that is unlike anything you've ever seen before.

We have partnered with Tres Agaves Tequila and Fest300 to offer you the chance to take part in this incredible experience. During March 11 - 15, we will take guests on a tour beginning in the Valley of Tequila at Tres Agaves Tequila's distillery, El Llano, and ending in San Patricio de Melaque during this incredible festival.

As with all our tours, you will learn all about the people, places, culture and techniques that come together to produce 100% agave Tequila. We will take you through the entire process, from the agave harvest - or Jima - to the 2 ton stone wheels still used by some distilleries to extract juices from the plant, to open air fermentation, pot-still distillation, and of course, the most important part, Tequila tasting.

That said, this is also a unique opportunity to focus in on one distillery, and one brand, learning everything they do to create world-class Tequila.

More than anything, though, this an experience that you simply cannot find anywhere else. Our partnership with Tres Agaves Tequila and deep knowledge of the local culture allows us to provide true VIP access, and a combination of experiences that is not available through any other providor. Both the Valley of Tequila & festival in San Patricio de Melaque are still largely undiscovered by foreign audiences. This is a journey of education and cultural exploration, with a healthy dose of fiesta. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime.

Upon Your Arrival

Guests will arrive at the airport, and driven to the town of Tequila outside of Guadalajara (Mexico’s 2nd largest city). A charming colonial pueblo, they will check into our centrally located hotel there.

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 town, where they will enjoy a banquet-style dinner featuring traditional Jaliscan fare.

Distilleries & Tastings

Rising early the next morning, the group will head to the Tres Agaves agave fields. Perched above the town of Tequila, the fields offer increidble views of the valley & the Tequila volcano, as well as the opportunity to see a Jima (agave harvest) in action. From there, we will head back into town to the Tres Agaves distillery, El Llano. Just off the cobblestone streets of Silverio Nuñez (home to some of the biggest name brands in the Tequila world), El Llano is operated by the fifth-generation master-distiller, Eduardo Orendain, in a charming artisan distillery. To cap it off we will head to La Capilla for some world-famous Batanga cocktails made by the octogenarian proprietor, Don Javier.

San Patricio de Melaque

After polishing off a Batanga, we will jump in the van for the ride to Melaque. Arriving that evening, you will get a taste for of the action as the town square fills with revelers gearing up for the evening's festivities. The next few days will be filled with education (we will visit a tuba, or palm wine, distillery), relaxation (our hotel is on the beach), and of course, the unique spectacle of the festival of San Patricio de Melaque turned green for St Patrick's day.

Optional extra include a fishing trip with a local english-speaking guide. Dolphin & whale sightings are common, though not guaranteed.

The Tour at a Glance:

  • Trips are 5 days and 4 nights
  • Cost:
    • $1545 per person for double accommodation
    • $1695 per person for single accommodation
  • Tours include everything you will need once you land in Guadalajara, aside from a few meals in Melaque:
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation
    • Selected Meals
    • Distiller visit
    • Translation services
    • Expert guide
    • Entertainment
  • Upcoming dates:
    • March 11 - 15, 2015