Casa Maestri's Tequila Basics Vol. I: "The Sacred Land where our agaves grow"

Updated: Apr 3, 2021

Tequila is a drink with a designation of origin. It can only be produced in specific municipalities of the following states in Mexico: Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, Tamaulipas and Jalisco.

Tequila, Jalisco (where Casa Maestri is located), is one of the municipalities with the largest agave landscapes in the world, or, with more agaves planted per hectare. However, the soil of the municipalities where the agaves are found can be very different from one another depending on the region, the nutrients and minerals, the water, etc.

For example, the agaves that we harvest for our tequilas come from two areas: the high areas and the low areas of the state of Jalisco, particularly the low areas of Tequila, Jalisco and the high areas of Atotonilco El Alto, Jalisco.

Blue Agave plant grown in the region of Los Altos de Jalisco.

The soil of the low areas of the municipality of Tequila has a unique property: obsidian, which comes from the Tequila volcano. This pure black and sharp stone fills the subsoil and the fields where the agave grows, due to the eruption of the volcano thousands of years ago. This soil, mixed with obsidian, results in agave plants rich in potassium, iron and copper. The agaves of this region tend to have more herbal, citrus, and earthy characteristics. Interestingly, the word "Tequila" refers to obsidian. From Nahuatl "Tecatlis", Tequila means "place where obsidian is cut".

And in the other side, the Los Altos de Jalisco region is characterized by a fertile and red soil, which stains everything it touches. This land is rich in mineral and iron, which mixed with the colder climate of the region, produces more fruity and sweet flavors in the agaves.

Blue Agave fields located in the Lowlands of Jalisco.

Casa Maestri is committed as distillery not only to acquiring the best quality agaves for its products, but also to honoring the ancestral and traditional process, taking care of even the smallest detail in production.

We invite you to follow this series of posts on our blog, where the topic we will talk about next time will be: Vol II: The ancestral legend of the creation of tequila.

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