Tequila City Jalisco Mexico
The City of Tequila, Jalisco is the birthplace of the national drink and magic town! Magical towns are special in Mexico thanks to the National Office of Tourism that sellect picturesque towns with special unique characteristics and Tequila is one of them.
Agave Azul can be enjoyed raw, cooked, or processed into a delicious tequila in all its glory. From wandering the agave cultivated fields, observing the work of jimadores, visit the tequila estates haciendas to try the cooked agave and learn the process of distillation! Tequila is a taster´s paradise !
The first settlers in this region were Otomi Toltec and nahualtecas, who settled in the town of Teuchitlán. There are at least 32 ceremonial centers at Tequila Volcano outskirts, the most visited is Guachimontones Pyramids. The Franciscan friars arrived around 1530 when they began the process of evangelization.
The Spanish reintroduced the concept of distillation with tecnology brought from Europe. The first distillery was founded arround 1700s by Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle. Thereafter were founded several Featured distilleries.
The appellation of origin was obtained in 1974 and is exclusive to the regions of Tequila and nearby municipalities, as well as a small area in the state of Tamaulipas. Currently there are between 120 and 130 tequila distilleries operating in permanent basis in the area intended for domestic consumption and export.
A trip to Tequila Trail should start in Guadalajara city. Tequila Train destination is the leading tequila haciendas of Jalisco. On board there will be live music, drinks based on tequila and soda. Then the route itself is threading small towns where major manufacturers of tequila, including Jose Cuervo, offer guided tours and the chance to sample Mexican cuisine along with margaritas. An interesting alternative is to sleep in a boutique hotel and visits to distilleries combine with ecotourism and adventure tours.
Travel by Tequila Trail in Guadalajara has contributed to much of the development of this route that has been named Magic Town and the fact that Tequila drink is protected by the designation appellation of origin. It can only be called tequila blue agave distillate coming from Jalisco and parts of the states of Guanajuato, Nayarit, Michoacan and Tamaulipas. It was also important that the Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila, were the first Mexican goods included in the category of Cultural Landscape Heritage of UNESCO (June 2006)
Just admire the scenery from the train, on foot or by car with your private guide, to understand why UNESCO awarded that rating is only given to exceptional testimonies of harmonious adaptation and sustainable land use in the natural environment, and the application fusion of pre-Hispanic tradition of maguey fermentation with the European distillation techniques.
The tour around the towns of El Arenal, Amatitán, Tequila, in the Valley of Tequila, Magdalena and Teuchitlán, the vast expanses of farmland of blue agave, a plant used since the sixteenth century to produce tequila and since at least 2000 years ago to fermented drinks and make clothes thanks to its fibers gives the region a unique identity and landscape features.
In addition to the agave fields, you can visit distilleries, active or abandoned factories, taverns and archaeological remains of the culture of Teuchitlán the years 200-900 BC Agave culture is part of Mexican national identity and a clear example of the fusion between the pre-Hispanic and colonial.
They are called “jimadores” those who work this privileged land between the valleys of Tequila and Amatitán, reaching Arenal, Guachimontones area and a buffer zone situated in the canyon of the Rio Grande Canyon de Santiago.
An ideal time to visit the region is the National Tequila Fair, from November 30 to December 12 in Tequila.
The purchase of this trip must be tequila, but there are different brands and classifications, including some apocryphal tequilas. For a good purchase, Tequila Regulatory Council recommends buying tequilas identified with the official NOM, consisting of four digits, unique and unrepeatable number for each producer of tequila; do not buy a product without label must always original and hold the corresponding label of the SHCP. Remember also that distilled agave agave liquor, agave liquor or similar are not tequila.
Tequila is an excellent appetizer. If it is white, it is customary to accompany it with salt, lemon and “Bloodstone” a prepared tomato juice, lemon, orange, Tabasco sauce and Worcestershire sauce. If rested or aged, the Tequila Regulatory Council recommended to serve in glasses Riedel, in order to release all its aromas and flavors. The horse is the little vessel in which it is customary to serve tequila. Its size and extent reminiscent of bull horns once used in tequila factories to test fresh from the liquor distillation process.
Another way to drink it in cocktails among which the margarita and tequila sunrise.