Making Great Tequila Starts with Perfectly Harvested Agave

Not all tequilas are created equal and when you make great tequila, the key is to start with perfectly harvested agave. It’s a process to produce an ultra-premium tequila and our exclusive technique is what makes Señor Rio an award winning tequila. While we can’t tell you everything, these are the general steps involved in making Señor Rio tequila.


Step 1: Farming

We mature our agave plants 8-12 years in the lowlands of Jalisco. They are grown in volcanic soil that has a mineral quality and gives the tequila an earthy, spicy taste almost like cinnamon.

Step 2: Cooking

The cooking stage, known as hydrolysis, is done by the application of steam at high pressure to break down the carbohydrates (mainly inuline) to obtain simple sugars, fructose, and glucose for fermentation.

Step 3: Milling

After the agaves are perfectly cooked, the pinas are pulled out by hand and taken to the grinding area where honeys are separated from the fiber. This is done using a tearing machine in combination with roller train mills.

Step 4: Fermenting

There are 18 tanks used during the fermentation stage and the tanks can be opened or closed. These tanks are made out of stainless steel with a capacity of 18,000 liters each.

Step 5: Distilling

After the most is fermented, it passes to the distillation process which is completed in alembics. Alembics may be made out of copper or stainless steel and are a common style of distillation towers.

Step 6: Aging

Aging, also known as maturing the tequila, is storing the tequila in wood casks. The cellar stores over 2000 barrels and is a fresh place with mango trees inside to help preserve a moist and fresh atmosphere.

Step 7: Bottling

The bottler of tequila is obliged to demonstrate, at any moment, that the product hasn’t been altered in its final bottling. The product with a label that reads Tequila 100% agave of Tequila 100% puro de agave must be bottled at the bottling plant of the maker and in the zone of “Denominacion de Origen.”

Step 8: Tasting

If you are a purist, a glass of Blanco served neat is a great start. Pour about 1 to 1 ½ ounces of tequila in a snifter or wine glass. (Note: Reidel makes a beautiful tequila glass).  Allow the tequila to breathe and open up so you capture the nose of it.

Please visit any Total Wine & More store to buy your own bottle of Señor Rio tequila. From now until 12/31/20, we’ll donate $1.00 for every 750ml bottle of Señor Rio tequila sold to St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix Arizona. Together our kindness counts! Be safe, stay well, and support small business.

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