Did you know that Hacienda El Divisadero Raicilla received the Gold Medal at the Top World Spirit Awards held in Paris, France? Judged by renowned taster Christophe Guitard, and sommeliers Myriam Huet and Mona Khalife, this event determined the best spirits in the world. Puerto Vallarta based Hacienda El Divisadero Raicilla received the Gold Medal award for the top raicilla in the world. Are you ready to take some time to get away from it all in Mexico? If you are, Puerto Vallarta is a great place to visit. They have affordable travel packages available right now and COVID safety measures are in place. Looking for the top tour in town? Book your tickets on the Marigalante pirate ship adventure. It is a day filled with fun, adventure and excitement that you will never forget. In the meantime, read more below about raicilla. Plan your vacation to Puerto Vallarta and sample the tantalizing spirit for yourself!

Hacienda El Divisadero – Gold Medal Award

Hacienda El Divisadero is led by Jorge Luis Carbajal and was founded in 1999 near the town of El Tuito which is located about an hour south of Puerto Vallarta. There, Hacienda El Divisadero produces raicilla using artisanal production processes. The result is a flavorful and delicious spirit that recently earned the Gold Medal award at the Top World Spirit Awards in Paris. The 100 proof single-distilled alcohol is gaining international attention that will draw more visitors to vacation in Mexico as well. 

Raicilla – Made in Jalisco

Similar to tequila and mezcal, raicilla is a distilled spirit made from the agave plant produced in Jalisco, Mexico. It is a traditional and artisanal beverage that has been produced for more than 300 years. There are two types of raicilla, Coastal and Highlander. Varieties include young White or Silver, rested or aged, and flavored or traditional.  Raicilla is considered an artisan product due to the way it is produced. In addition to Puerto Vallarta, raicilla is also produced in other small towns in Jalisco including Mascota, San Sebastián del Oeste, Mixtlán, Talpa de Allende, Cabo Corrientes, and Chiquilistlán. The charming town of Mascota hosts an annual raicilla festival each year, too.

Mexico’s Rich Heritage

Mexico is a popular location for vacationers because it has miles of beautiful beaches and tons of natural beauty. In addition, the country has a rich heritage and interesting culture. Its strong tradition of producing traditional drinks such as tequila mezcal and raicilla is a big part of the country’s charm. Recently, raicilla has been protected by a Denomination of Origin. In terms of producing the spirit, the fermented mash of the central stem (piña) of the maguey plant is distilled using a crude, primitive elaboration process. The type of soil, topography, climate, water, producer (“Maestro Raicillero”), alcoholic graduation, yeasts, and other factors also influence its flavor. When ready to drink, raicilla is either colorless if it matures in glass, or yellowish if it matures in a wooden container. Two species of the lechuguilla agaves are used in production, specifically “pata de mula” (mule foot), or “agaves raicilleros” of the species (Agave inaequidens) and (Agave maximiliana). 

Spring is here and it’s time to get away from the stress of daily life with a getaway to Mexico. Plan your trip to Puerto Vallarta and make sure to try raicilla during your visit. Alos, don’t forget to book your tickets on the Marigalante pirate ship adventure. The Marigalante tour includes world class entertainment, live music, a premium open bar and delicious gourmet meal. There are day and evening tour options available. Plus, affordable travel packages are available right now to promote tourism in the area. In addition, COVID safety protocols are in place throughout Puerto Vallarta so you can feel safe to take a vacation right now, too. Ready to head to PV for a much needed getaway? If so, remember to book your tickets on the Marigalante pirate ship adventure and try raicilla during your trip as well!