Did you think that a tasting experience was limited to swirling and sipping wines? In Mexico, tequila is a growing industry that competes even with the world’s best wine and champagne markets. Puerto Vallarta has many small “mom and pop” tequila tasting venues where you can just walk in off the street and sip tequilas of all grades, prices and flavors. You can also opt for a more sophisticated tequila tasting experience at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa. However, if you are looking for an even more complete encounter with Mexico’s most famous export, you might try the Viva Tequila Experience.
The Viva Tequila Experience
On the south side of downtown Puerto Vallarta, located in the Teatro Vallarta building, there is a magnificent Tequila Museum that offers a full afternoon experience that even your young ones can enjoy. You will travel back to earlier times to learn about Mexico’s agricultural revolution and how agave cactus became one of the country’s most prized resources.
Your experience begins on the Tequila Trolley. You may have seen a couple of San Francisco style trolleys puttering around town, leaving from Galerias Vallarta. This is just the beginning of the tour. These daily tours show you the most important landmarks of Puerto Vallarta while you are en route to the Viva Tequila´s Museum Experience.
When you arrive to Viva Tequila, you will be given an interactive tour of how tequila is made from crop to harvest and a full walk through of just how the distillery process takes place. The environment is pristine, air conditioned and a visual treat for all ages. During the tour you will also enjoy an aroma room where you learn to differentiate the unique flavors found in different types of tequila. From coffee beans to lavender seeds, get ready to raise your senses to another level.
Finale: Tasting Tequila
Naturally, one of the highlights of this experience is the actual tequila tasting! Set amongst old oak barrels, you will be introduced to bottles of the best tequila of Mexico by a wonderful sommelier. You will enjoy sipping various tequilas from fine rimmed glasses, learning that tequila is much more than just a drink that the young crowds gulp back in bars. Tequila is known as the respected Cognac of the Latin Americas and appreciating it is an art in itself.
At the end of the experience, you will enjoy a live folkloric show with Mexican dancers and mariachi music. Next time you in Puerto Vallarta, don’t miss your chance to jump aboard the Tequila Trolley for a fun filled and educational day learning all about Tequila!