The Valley of Tequila TourOur most popular tour takes guests to the Valley of Tequila, a stretch of land about an hour northwest of Guadalajara, between the dormant Tequila volcano to the south and the Western Sierra Madre to the north.
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 two mornings, the group will strike out towards the Valley of Tequila, which was recently named a UNESCO world heritage site, and is home to a number of colonial towns steeped in Tequila tradition, in particular El Arenal, Amatitán and the town of Tequila. Once guests pass through El Arenal, situated at the entrance to the Valley, they will begin to see the many powder blue pencas of agaves sprouting out of rugged brown earth. From there, the road will take us through Amatitán, a charming village that is thought to be the birthplace of Tequila. Following the contours of the valley floor, guests will finally come to the town of Tequila itself. With about 12 distilleries inside the city limits, the town of Tequila is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the epicenter of the Tequila world; the giants of Cuervo and Sauza literally just up the street from traditional, artisan operations. After stopping for the traditional picture in front of the “Bienvenido a Tequila” sign with the Sierra Madre serving as a backdrop (see picture), guests will visit a few of these smaller operations, soaking up the history in the town’s storied cantinas, mercado, and town square.
Distilleries & TastingsAlthough every distillery we visit on our tours produces great Tequila, each will have their own distinct philsophy and process. For some, that means using autoclave ovens and roller mills to extract sugars from the agave. For others, it calls for old-fashioned stone ovens and a 2-ton stone wheel named a 'Tahona'. After traversing the grounds of each distillery, guests will be able to see first hand how different techniques contribute to the final product by tasting a flight of Tequila.
The Tour at a Glance: