Now I don’t want to oversell this… but I’m going to. This is the best tour ever! We drove to Tequila in Mexico in search of a tequila distillery tour, I’m not too much into organized tours and stuff these days and tend to avoid them like the plague, preferring to spend time just wandering round a city. But after drinking tequila for many year and knowing absolutely nothing about it, I decide to take the option to learn a little about it.
Just before Tequila is a small town called Amatitan, from what I’ve heard this is where tequila was born and it was only when production started to get bigger that it moved to the nearby Tequila where it obviously got its name!
If you’re looking for a tequila tour in Tequila, Mexico I’d definitely consider opting for the Casa Herradura Hacienda in Amatitan instead, we had a car so it was easy enough to drive but I’ve heard that if you’re getting the bus from Guadalajara towards Tequila then the bus stops in Amatitan on the way.
The tour price at Herradura starts at 200 pesos and includes tasting of their base level priced tequilas, you can opt to pay more and taste higher priced tequilas at the end but it’s all the same tour no matter what level of tasting you pick.
We had heard that the Herradura tours were quieter which is part of the reason we picked it, and there were only 4 people including us on our tour, it seems often you would get a private tour if your lucky enough to show up on a weekday when there aren’t many people around.
The tour guide was excellent, and had pretty much been born and raised Herradura (her family has been working and living there for years and her 90+ year old grandmother was still resident in the haciendas worker housing), and we learnt so much about the process of making tequila including a lot about how the Herradura brand is the only tequila distillery in the world to still use a 100% natural and historical method. I never thought the process of making tequila would be so interesting. But after a tour of the hacienda and watching a short very over theatrical video I was stunned at how much I’d learnt. Then was the good bit, the tasting! We tasted a few different varieties of tequila and they were pretty liberal with their tasting portions pretty much leaving you to serve yourself.
As you may be able to tell I left the tour a full supporter of Herradura and a brand ambassador for life, Herradura is also now the only brand of tequila I will buy. I’d definitely rate this tour as one of my top experiences in Mexico so far so don’t miss out if you’re in the area!