Oaxaca Sacred Mezcal Experience - Learn about mezcal at an agave farm

Oaxaca Sacred Mezcal Experience

We believe that the best way to connect with a culture is to participate in their local activities.

On this unique Mezcal tour, you will be engaging with local families and participating in their day to day activities. You will have an opportunity to see their way of life passed down through the generations, and be part of their sacrd practice.

You will be learning about mezcal in a way very few people ever get the chance to, sample some of the mezcal that is produced here, and even get to plant your very own agave! This is the deepest connection to a culture and land you may ever get!

All bookings are private, so booking with friends works out more cost-effectively, as you share some of the expenses (such as guide, transport, etc). Discounts are auto-magically applied when you make your reservation.

All bookings are in USD, and must be made in advance, so we can prepare this experience for you.

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Oaxaca Sacred Mezcal Experience

Visit a palenque and learn about mezcal from a local family

 

ItemDetails
Meeting PointPickup at your Oaxaca City hotel
End PointDrop off at your Oaxaca City hotel
DurationUp to 10 hours
Physical LevelModerate – this experience involves short-distance hiking around agave fields and hills in the sun
Cultural RatingModerate – a good balance of cultural interactions, and engaging with a local family of mezcal producers
Ages18+ (younger must be accompanied by an adult – babies 2 years old or younger may join for free)
Group SizePrivate – Max 6 people per booking

 

Itinerary for visiting the Mezcal Palenques in Mina, Oaxaca

You will be picked up from your Oaxaca City hotel at 9:00 a.m. to get an early start out to the Agave plantation and mezcal production location, known as a Palenque.

We will be going to visit one family in Santa Catarina Minas town (1 hr south of Oaxaca) to learn their story and family history. Once we arrive, we will hop into their pickup truck to visit their agave fields. The fields are around a 10-minute drive from the home of the mezcaleros we are visiting. We will be spending the first half of the day hiking around these fields and learning about all the varieties of agave plants that grow here, what makes them special and how long each variety takes to mature. Some varieties take up to 25 years for maturation, before they can be harvested!

We will take a break to eat some snacks while in the fields (you will be able to let us know your dietary requirements in advance), and keep your energy levels up. Once we’ve refilled our bellies, you will have the unique opportunity to plant a baby agave for yourself – connecting you to the sacred land we are visiting! Very few foreigners are ever given this privileged opportunity, as you become part of the process, and part of the sacred land the farmers pass down from generation to generation! This plant may end up living in your newly assigned home for up to 25 years! You can come back to visit it any time you are in Oaxaca and see how your efforts have become part of this land – and part of the Oaxacan culture.

At this point, we head back to the mezcalero’s home. You will be able to learn about the process which happens next. From the harvest, to the fermentation, to the distillation – it is an ancestral practice that gets passed down from one generation to the next. You may be surprised at just how labour intensive it is, to turn the sacred maguey (agave) into the delicious spirit you know as mezcal. We are sure you will find a newfound appreciation for this unique Mexican drink.

We will of course, then take the opportunity to try several of the varieties that this mezcalero produces on his land, seeing the difference between each plant, and experience the subtle nuances that the smokey mezcal drink has become famous for. 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).

After the mezcal tasting, we are going to stop in a local Quinta restaurant. Here we will try some delicous Oaxacan food, local to the area. If the weather permits, they also have a big swimming pool, where you can take a dip and cool off after long and rewarding day out in the Palenque.

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 have bonded with this practice for generations.

Please note: There is not a Dress Code! Though you revisiting a traditional family in the villages, so dressing semi respectfully is appreciated. You don’t need to dress to impress – you will be getting your hands dirty. It is recommended to just bring comfortable clothes, which are modest, 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 on the Oaxaca Sacred Mezcal Experience?

Though this could vary seasonally, this is the basic list of what we suggest you bring with you. Keep in mind, your transport is private and secure, so you are able to 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).
– Sunblock.
– Hat/cap.
– Covid Mask.
– Swimsuit/bikini (pool attire)
– 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.

What is included with the Oaxaca Sacred 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 Sacred Mezcal Experience?

Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
– International flights
– Transportation (outside of 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

Every TRiP that you go on with WSE Travel, we will donate 2% (or $1/day per day, per person – whichever is greater) to an environmental or community-based project in the country you’re visiting. We want to ensure that every guest we help, in turn, helps support and preserve the destination we’re experiencing together as a direct result. We live by an ethos to Travel Responsibly & Impact Positively (TRiP).

For more information on the projects supported by this experience, please visit our Mexico TRIP projects.

7 reviews for Oaxaca Sacred Mezcal Experience – Learn about mezcal at an agave farm

  1. Luna Rodriguez (verified owner)

    I had a wonderful experience with WSE Travel. This tour will give you a complete overview of how the mezcal business and production work. Not only do you get to see the distillation process but also you will first stroll around the agave fields and then by the end of the visit at the palenque, you will taste several of the amazing mezcals! My favourite part – planting a baby agave! It is certainly the best mezcal tour in Oaxaca!

  2. Gabriel Glasier (verified owner)

    This tour was so much more than we could have ever expected. Upon arriving, we were met by the smiles of the kids of the mezcalero. We instantly realized that we were not at some mezcal production facility, but at the home and farm of a small batch mezcal distiller. Soon after, we were introduced to the maestro mezcalero Conejo himself and we began the adventure of exploring the farm, learning about the individual maguey plants, and eating a lunch on the farm. Our guide Victor and Conejo then had us pick out our own maguey that we got to name and plant ourselves. Next we headed back to the house to see the process of how the mezcal is distilled from roasting the maguey to the final product which we then got to taste. We expected to get a surface level understanding of what mezcal is and we ended up with a masterclass on artisanal mezcal. I would take this tour again not only for the education but because we had such a great time. Plus the mezcal was stunning!

  3. Kristel Flores (verified owner)

    This exceded my wildest expectations for what a tour of this type could be. Having been to whiskey distillery tours in Scotland and another tour to taste Cachaça in Brazil, I expected to learn very little and be pushed to buy alcohol. This was the exact opposite as this was about a shared experience learning about this sacred spirit, the life of this family and their mezcal farm. We spent the day hiking around the beautiful hills getting to know the different varieties of agave and learning about the process of making artisanal mezcal. This was an opportunity of a lifetime to share in the passion of a third generation mezcal producer. It wasn’t just educational, as we had fun planting our own agave plant and tasting through the families’ lineup of amazing mezcals. Don’t waste your time with one of those four stop mezcal tours when you can take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity to share in the heritage and culture of Oaxacan mezcal.

  4. Maxime Senior (verified owner)

    If you’re interested in learning about mezcal, this tour covers it all! I’ve taken many mezcal tours, and this one is very unique. This isn’t a simple mezcal tasting, but a full experience to learn about the production process from start to finish. I loved the time that we spent with the family behind the mezcal brand.. from walking their land and learning about agave, to being at their palenque to learn about distillation, to being in their home and tasting the mezcales. Such an amazing experience and where I genuinely learned so much! I’d do it over and over again!

  5. Franz Schäfer (verified owner)

    What a nice and true mezcal experience here in Oaxaca. We couldn’t be happier that day to learn from Conejo himself about how to grow and produce ancestral mezcal.
    From seeing his actual farm, to have a family cooked lunch + mezcal under a tree at the farm and plant your own maguey to tasting so many kinds of mezcal and see how a small destillery produces small batches of this amazing spirit.
    I tried to kindly wrap up this awesome full-day tour WSE Travel has to offer.

    I will show this spirit to as many people as I can back home because it’s not well known in europe.

  6. Marleen Munkelberg (verified owner)

    It was not just a tour, it was kind of a journey and the life of Mezcal. The day was long, but great in every minute. We got a lot of information about the spirit in this country, the different types of agaveplants and how to produce on an old way! Highly recommend to everyone who don‘t wants to do just a normal Mezcaltour!

  7. Rebecca Viale (verified owner)

    We had such a great time with WSE on our Palenque tour! It was way more informative than other tours that I have been on where they only try the mezcal and don’t explain anything. Our tour guide Victor was extremely friendly and clear. We absolutely loved being able to plant our own agave plants and will definitely be back to visit them. The day was hot so don’t forget your sunscreen! The food was so delicious and the pool was extremely refreshing after a day of walking around. Everything about this tour was perfect, I highly recommend it while in Oaxaca!

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