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melwil

Jalisco Tequila Help

by melwil »

Hi,

I am looking for any advice on visiting Jalisco and doing a few Tequila tours. I prefer a private tour and something that will actually provide a good way to see several distilleries , learn about Tequila, the making as we'll as have the opportunity for tastings. My husband is a Tequila connoisseur with a collection of higher end Tequilas and I am looking to find something that he will enjoy.

I have found a few companies who offer tours but most seem to be in very large groups and several reviews have been mediocre. While some enjoy the tours other claim most take you to distilleries that offer cheap tequila that does not taste good .

Any advice and recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I would also like to know if the recommendation is to make Jalisco a day trip or stay in town and if so how many days. Then while not staying in Jalsico would it be best to make Guadalajara the base. 

 

Thanks

 

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paweber

RE: Jalisco Tequila Help

by paweber »

Jalisco is a state in Mexico (they have 31 states plus a Federal District compared to the US 50 states and District of Columbia). Guadalajara is the state capital and Mexico's second largest city. The namesake town of Tequila is located in Jalisco. You can fly into Guadalajara and make it your base for exploring the region or perhaps move over to the nearby town of Chapala (on the lake of the same name) where many ex-patriate gringo retirees have settled (i.e. English widely spoken). You can find small inns and B&B accomodations in Chapala.

Go online and look into the "Tequila Express" as a unique way to spend a weekend day visiting a distillery via train with lunch and mariachi entertainment.

Also research "La Ruta de Tequila" (The Tequila Trail) which was established back in 2007 by the government to promote distillery tourism similar to the way Napa and Sonoma counties in California promote their famous wineries. On the Tequila Trail you can self-guide yourself through the towns of El Arenal, Amatitlan, Tequila and Magdelena by rental car (note that Mexico does strictly enforce DUI laws so one of you will want to be the designated driver or look into hiring a guide/driver, perhaps through your hotel).

Here's one of many online resources that you may find useful:

http://www.tequilasource.com/distillerytours.htm

 

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melwil

RE: Jalisco Tequila Help

by melwil »

Thank you so much I will look into these options. I also found a company called Experience Tequila http://www.experiencetequila.com/ . Do you know anything about them? It appears they have some overnight options as well.

How many days would you recommend and if we did our own or guided tour could we make reservations ahead similar to the way it can be done in Napa for wineries?

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paweber

RE: Jalisco Tequila Help

by paweber »

I've never used a tour guide in Guadalajara as we have relatives that live there and take us around when we visit.

Plan on at least three or four full days in the Guadalajara area (including the tequila region).

You can certainly make advance lodging reservations in advance and, in fact, some distilleries also require advance notice for tours. Your husband might want to pick out maybe four distilleries he'd like to visit, find out what tours and tastings are available by looking them up online, and plan accordingly. He'll likely be able to pick up some unique "reservas" and "edition limitada" tequilas only available in Mexico for his collection. Keep in mind that you'll have to put the tequila in your checked suitcase when flying home so save some room when packing.

Read the sticky posts in this forum I've written about dining etiquette, language and driving in Mexico; you may find them of some interest.

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melwil

RE: Jalisco Tequila Help

by melwil »

Thanks so much for the help. Language is not an issue as I speak fluent spanish.  We are avid travelers however have not visited Guadalajara so I will be sure to read your notes for additional tips.

I appreciate all the help and will let you know if I have any other questions.

 

Melissa

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paweber

RE: Jalisco Tequila Help

by paweber »

You should have mentioned that you speak fluent Spanish - as do I - because that opens up a whole new set of options for you that are not readily available to non-Spanish speakers relative to tours and contacts. Definitely reach out to the distilleries - in Spanish - and I bet you get some good, positive responses.

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