Oaxaca Artisanal Mezcal Experience
Visit a palenque and learn about mezcal from local families
|Pickup at your hotel/Airbnb in Oaxaca City
|Drop off at your hotel/Airbnb in Oaxaca City
|7 to 9 hours (depending on traffic and your own pace)
|Moderate – this experience involves short-distance hiking around agave fields and hills in the sun
|Moderate – a good balance of cultural interactions, and engaging with a local family of mezcal producers
|18+ (the trip includes alcohol) – younger must be accompanied by parent/guardian
|Private – Max 6 people per booking
Itinerary for visiting the Mezcal Palenques in Mina, Oaxaca
Embark on a culturally immersive journey into the heart of Oaxaca’s mezcal production with our exclusive Mezcal Artisanal Experience. This unique tour showcases the resilience and innovation of two remarkable mezcal-producing families in the Matatlán region.
Your day begins with an 8 am pickup from your hotel/Airbnb in Oaxaca City, whisking you away to the serene landscape of Santiago Matatlán. Here, you’ll delve into the world of agave, learning about its varieties and the lengthy maturation process. By 10 am, you’ll be amidst the agave fields, absorbing the essence of mezcal-making with a local snack to fuel your exploration.
The tour then brings you closer to the challenges and triumphs of a family of women mezcal producers. In an industry often dominated by men, their persistence and skill carve a unique path in mezcal production. Their story is not just about mezcal but also about shattering stereotypes and fostering empowerment.
Later, visit a family of small-batch mezcal producers, who face their own set of challenges in an industry leaning towards large enterprises. Despite land scarcity and competition, their dedication to artisanal methods and quality over quantity shines through their exquisite mezcal.
Conclude your experience in San Dionisio Ocotepec, where a heartwarming home-style barbeque awaits with Félix’s family. This intimate gathering is more than a meal; it’s an opportunity to bond, share stories, and savor the family’s exceptional mezcal.
Your return to Oaxaca City around 5 pm marks the end of a day not just spent learning about mezcal but also about the resilience, passion, and community spirit that defines the spirit of Oaxaca.
You of course will have the opportunity to buy a bottle or two of your favourite type, should you choose to do so, but there is no pressure whatsoever. The mezcaleros are paid for their time with us, so any purchase you make is entirely up to you (paid in cash only, so if you plan to, please be sure to bring at least 1000-2000 pesos in cash to be sure you have enough – there are no ATMs nearby).
This is a full-day experience where you will learn and appreciate the hard work of the mezcal producers. It will be a window into a normal day in these people’s lives and allow you to connect on a deep level by participating in their activities and connecting to the land they live off. The objective is that you can get a bond with nature and the sacred practices of mezcal production – in the ways the mezcaleros and mezcaleras have bonded with this practice for generations.
Please note: There is not a Dress Code! Though you revisiting a traditional family in the villages, dressing semi-respectfully is appreciated. You don’t need to dress to impress – you will be getting your hands dirty. It is recommended to bring modest, comfortable clothes, and that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty in. A more detailed list of suggested clothing attire can be found below.
What to bring to the Oaxaca Artisanal Mezcal Experience?
Though this could vary seasonally, this is the basic list of what we suggest you bring. Keep in mind that your transport is private and secure, so you can leave some items in the vehicle when not needed:
– Jeans or long pants (we will walk in the fields, which do have bugs and cactus). You can also bring shorts and you can change once we are back in the palenque.
– Sneakers/comfortable shoes. No sandals (during the hiking)
– Long sleeves or bug spray (there are mosquitos in the fields).
– Covid Mask – recommended, not required.
– Cash. The producer does not accept credit cards if you want to buy bottles of mezcal after your tasting. There is no pressure to buy anything. The producer always gets paid fairly for his time, regardless. Bottles of mezcal range from 250 to 1400 Mexican Pesos, depending on size and variety.
What is included with the Oaxaca Artisanal Mezcal Experience?
Your sacred experience includes:
– information provided before your experience to educate you and properly prepare you
– a specially trained and licensed English-speaking guide who will facilitate your experience
– transportation during the tour (a private vehicle to and from Mina, as well as a pickup truck out into the fields)
– translations with your mezcalero
– meal (includes snacks in the field, and a meal at the end of the day. Alcoholic beverages are not included with the meals)
– Mezcal tasting (please drink responsibly, you are at someone’s home)
– a special small gift to take home with you
What is not included when on your Artisanal Mezcal Experience?
– Local Payment of 1000 Mexican Pesos per person (payable at the start of the tour directly to your guide)
– Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
– International flights
– Transportation (outside of the included itinerary)
– Accommodation in Oaxaca
– Alcoholic beverages (outside of the included mezcal tasting)
– Gratuities and tips
– Spending money if you wish to purchase additional mezcal, souvenirs, or items.
Supporting Local Projects with our TRiP Foundation
For every TRiP that you go on with WSE Travel, we will donate 2% to an environmental or community-based project in the country you’re visiting. We want to ensure that every guest we help, in turn, supports and preserves the destination we’re experiencing together as a direct result. We live by an ethos of Travel Responsibly & Impact Positively (TRiP).
For more information on the projects supported by this experience, please visit our Mexico TRIP projects.
Cancellations & Rebooking
All tours, services, and experiences booked through WSE Travel are bound to our Terms and Conditions, which were modeled after most other travel services such as flights, hotels, and other tour operators.
Should you need to cancel or change your reservation for any reason (including but not limited to missed flights, illness, or change of mind), you will still be bound to the terms and conditions agreed to at the time of booking.
Should you give us more than 14 days’ notice of a change in your reservation, we can store your payment in the ‘safety deposit box’, to be used for a future travel date, either by you or be transferred to a friend or family member. Refunds are not available unless your reservation is canceled by WSE Travel for circumstances outside of our control.
Should you give us less than 14 days’ notice of a change in your reservation, a rebooking fee will be imposed. We do try to be flexible for our guests, but not at the sacrifice of the livelihoods of all locals hired for your private experiences. As these are private experiences, your guide and any other local service provider block their days off from other work to accommodate your reservation. They may not be able to fill that day again in the event of cancellation. To be fair and responsible to them and their reliance on your reservation’s promised work, your guide will still be paid for your reservation. As such, last-minute cancellations or changes within 2 weeks of departure will be subject to a rebooking fee of the online deposit, to re-hire a guide for your future travel date.
This flexibility is a bend in our Terms and Conditions to try to be fair to both our guests and the locals hired to facilitate your reservation. If you feel there is a high chance of cancellations or changes, please make sure you buy appropriate travel insurance which will be able to reimburse you for cancellations of things such as flights, hotels, and tours.