Tequila

tourist guide

UNESCO has designated this picturesque Mexican town of Tequila, with colorful buildings and cobblestone streets, as a World Heritage Site. Considered a Magic Town by the Government of Mexico, Tequila receives casual drinkers who want to enjoy this world-wide known aromatic beverage.

There is something that very few know: without women, there would be no tequila

The women of Tequila are historically responsible for the annual cultivation and replanting of agave blooms in the states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit and Aguascalientes in Mexico.

It is unknown since when females became an integral part of the agave crop, most likely when male farmers ate and rested, their wives took over. There they realized that they had an exceptional ability to classify and care for young plants, so they began to work in the fields permanently.

The women of Tequila are historically responsible for the annual cultivation and replanting of agave blooms in the states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit and Aguascalientes in Mexico. Photo: Wapa
The women of Tequila are historically responsible for the annual cultivation and replanting of agave blooms in the states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit and Aguascalientes in Mexico. Photo: Wapa

To be called tequila, the beverage must be distilled from the agave grown in certain regions of Mexico, mainly Tequila and the surrounding municipalities. There we will see many women working in the fields, with long sleeves and long pants, from February to July; the time where agave plants sprout.

From February to July; the time when agave plants sprout in Tequila
From February to July; the time when agave plants sprout in Tequila

Women are not only responsible for inspecting, cleaning and sorting young plants and then sending them to the nursery to be planted. Many of them have learned to give multiple uses to the agave plant and how to use recycled tequila bottles for handicrafts. This last thanks to the Beckmann Foundation, a non-profit organization of Mundo Cuervo.

Sonia Espínola, director of the foundation, has indicated that "women not only learn how to make products but how to sell them, incorporate their businesses, create business plans, logos and much more."

Mexican tequilas tasting
Mexican tequilas tasting

Now we know all the valuable work that is behind a drink of tequila. Should we go for some margaritas? Cheers!

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