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Tequila Los Abuelos

Artisan hand-crafted, stone-crushed tequila.

Guillermo Erickson Sauza, a fifth-generation family member, produces Los Abuelos Tequila, using traditional techniques.

Tequila Los Abuelos proudly announces that their artisan hand-crafted, stone crushed tequila is now available in the U.S.A., under the new label name, Fortaleza.

This product will be available in Mexico only under the label name "Los Abuelos."

At Tequila LOS ABUELOS, we are committed to producing the finest Tequila possible. Our Tequila is made using traditions established centuries ago, from 100% stone milled agave, entirely produced on our estate.
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We are located in the town of Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico, first populated in the 1530’s by our Spanish forefathers. Our land is nestled in rich valley at 4,000 feet of altitude, in the foothills of the 9,560-foot tall, Volcan de Tequila.

tequila los abuelos blanco
tequila los abuelos reposado
tequila los abuelos añejo
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Los Abuelos Bar Display

Here is where our blue agaves grow for seven to eight years, caressed with the warmth of the Mexican sun, nourished by the summer rains, and protected from the harsh and cold winter winds.

Visit us and you will feel like you stepped back in time……to the days in 1856 when Don Cenobio, my Great-Great Grandfather, in Spanish called “Tatarabuelo,” arrived in the town of Tequila. Don Cenobio, the first to export Tequila to the United States in 1860’s, started his own brand in 1870’s. His son Don Eladio, my Great-Grandfather or “Bisabuelo,” continued the tradition of making tequila until his death where he passed the tradition to his son, Don Javier, my Grandfather or “Abuelo.”
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tequila fortaleza - stone tahona - tequila, jalisco My Abuelo built the business to become the number one tequila producer in the world and then he sold it to Pedro Domecq Mexico in 1976. Fortunately, my Abuelo, left us with our lands and a small distillery named “LA FORTALEZA,” which means Fortitiude. It was built over a century ago, and was shut down and turned into a tourist museum in 1968 because its traditional process was too “inefficient.” In 1999, we decided to restore our old distillery to produce the finest tequila, using long abandoned, artisan methodology. In 2002, after 34 years as a tourist museum, LA FORTALEZA distilled its first liter of our authentic handcrafted Tequila!

We chose the name LOS ABUELOS for our extraordinary tequila to honor the memory of my Abuelo, Bisabuelo and Tatarabuelo, The Grandfathers! Our Tequila is produced entirely within the walls of our estate, using centuries old, traditional methods, which although are very labor intensive, create a tequila, which is unequaled in taste and smoothness. Using the age-old brick oven, with its meter thick walls, we cook our agave for thirty six hours. Then we crush or mill the agave as my Tartarabuelo did over 135 years ago in the stone mill called the Tahona. The crushed agave is then washed with the pure mountain water from the Volcan de Tequila to separate the pulp from the woody fibers to create an agave juice called mosto. view of the town of tequila from a nearby hillside

tequila fortaleza - vista casa - tequila, jalisco The woody fibers of the agave, called bagazo, are removed at this time, and taken to the fields to use as compost. The agave mosto is then naturally fermented for five days in small wood vats, and then double distilled using small, labor-intensive copper pot stills. Our glass bottle is hand-blown in Tonala, Jalisco by artisan glassmakers and our bottle tops, artisan designed to represent the harvest agave, or Pina, are hand-made by our workers.

We produce three types of our tequila all made from only 100% estate grown “blue” Agave tequilana Weber.

On March 30, 2006, Jason and Mark the owners of MERITAGE Wine Market and Tasting Room in Encinitas, California became the first in the US to carry Tequila Los Abuelos for retail sale. They have available in stock, our 0.750 liter, Añejo, Reposado and Blanco. They are located at 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road. Their phone number is 760-479-2500. http://www.meritagewinemarket.com/

October 31, 2007 - Tequila Los Abuelos announces their new label name, FORTALEZA, for the United States market. Tequila FORTALEZA, or Fortitude, is the same excellent Los Abuelos tequila, made with the artisan traditions handed down for five generations, is now named after their historic distillery, "Destileria La Fortaleza".

Tequila Los Abuelos
Guillermo Erickson Sauza
Vicente Albino Rojas #22, Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico.
Phone: (011-52) 374-742-0247

Email: stevew@losabuelos.com
Internet: www.losabuelos.com
Questions or comments - Get in touch with us at: (858) 775-1669

Sauza Family Museum - Tequila, Jalisco
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Tequila Los Abuelos - Mexico - Last Revision - 14 August 2009 - jat