My reason for visiting Guadalajara, Mexico was to visit Amatitán, the birthplace of tequila. It is an honorable challenge to see how much you could learn about tequila while throwing back shots all afternoon but I can confidently say “mission accomplished!”
Once we touched down in the cultural center of Mexico we made the 35 minute drive into the arts district and pulled into our museum concept hotel: Hotel Demetria. Demetria is truly a one of a kind hotel. This concrete and glass building is full of modern art and design that catches your eye at every turn. From the elevator, the library, and the rooftop pool; this hotel is a design lovers dream.
CASA HERRADURA TOUR
Day two in Guadalajara was the highly anticipated trip to Casa Herradura where we were lucky enough to get a private tour of the hacienda, the grounds and learned the extensive process of making Herradura tequila.
Nestled among the agave fields of Jalisco (about 50 minutes from our hotel) lies Casa Herradura. Once we pulled onto the beautiful grounds we were greeted by Jose, a 4th generation jimador (male who harvests the agave plant), turned tour guide. Jose walked us though the roads of the hacienda and taught us everything we wanted to know about the production process and provided plenty of tequila shots along the way (of course).
Herradura started producing tequila in 1870 and with 1500 tequilas on the market today, Herradura is the largest with over 200 acres of land. It is also 100% green company that has its own water treatment plant on site. Love that! For those of you who don’t already know, tequila is made from an agave plant and those agaves are harvested by jimadors. It takes 7-9 years before an agave plant is mature enough to be harvested. Once the plant is mature it is shaved by the jimador and put into brick and clay ovens to cook the agave. From there they mill the agave and squeeze the sugar out. The pulp is used as compost to firtilize the agave fields which I thought was amazing because nothing is going to waste in the process. After all is said and done and the distillation process is complete there are 6-7 bottles of tequila produced from beach heart of agave. It takes about 8 years from planted until bottled! Talk about patience. Once you taste it you realize it is worth the wait
We started the tour walking past the residences where some of the Herradura employees live then made our way through the beautiful and historic hacienda. We tasted cooked agave from the brick ovens, walked through the citrus groves, and watched a live demonstration of the jimador. Next we toured the open-air fermentation process and visited the barrel warehouse where the first reposado was made. Many tequila shots and photos later we sat down beneath the trees to sample each type of herradura tequila. I definitely appreciated the taste and was able to identify the flavors and smells a lot easier after seeing the process. It was such a great experience at Casa Herradura and I would recommend the trip to anyone, tequila lover or not.
Thank you Casa Herradura for an amazing experience.
white and pink stripped set- House of Harlow 1960 from REVOLVE
long cream dress- Indah Clothing from REVOLVE
red bikini- Kaohs Swim
green stripped jumpsuit- Faithfull the Brand
Hats- Lack of Colors