He let the tourists try it out. I think we quickly realized how hard it is and how much work goes into getting that 2 or 3 tons. It typically takes up to 8 years for an agave plant to be mature enough for harvesting.
|Our guide for this portion of the tour – Antonio|
|Our guide and interpreter Amy|
We carried on to the next tequila plant called Casa Herradura. This is where they make Jose Cuervo and other brands. It is a huge plant with very tight security. They employ 1,000 people within the plant and approximately another 1,000 outside the plant who grow, harvest etc. the pinas. We had another demonstration from a Jimador.
|Ovens where they cook the pinas|
|Pinas before they are cooked|
As we were travelling I noticed that a lot of people were staring at the bus. I later learned that it is very unusual for a large tour bus to be in this area. They are very pleased that we were there. When we arrived at Terraza de Tequilera for a buffet lunch. We were welcomed by an eleven piece mariachi band and three delegates from the presidents (Mayor) office. The president of Amatitan was not available so sent his three delegates to greet us. We were given a wonderful buffet lunch and free drinks while the band entertained us. They were the best mariachi band that I have heard so far. The drink was very unusual and I am not sure what was in it. Someone thought orange, grapefruit and tequila with some kind of spice. It was very good. We danced and then had our picture taken with the band. A representative from our bus presented the delegates with a couple of gifts. A great time was had by all.
Tequila has a population of approximately 40, 000 to 45,000. Tequila was settle in 1656 and named after a local Indian Tribe. Tequila means “Lava Hill” in the Indian language. Tequila is also known as the Magical Town.