Location

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Location

Many brands call their distillery a brand home, but Patrón’s purpose built distillery, Hacienda del Patrón is much more than that. The hacienda was built close to the small town of Atotonilco El Alto in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico due to the plentiful supply of quality agave from the surrounding farms and the availability of the water from deep wells.

Hacienda del Patrón incorporates 13 distilleries under one roof, each an exact replica of the first one built here. As demand for the tequila has increased, so distilleries have been added – each crucially with the same small brick ovens, wooden fermenters and copper stills as the original. Additionally, the nearby old El Viejito distillery, now renamed Casa Patrón has been refitted by Patrón’s engineers to mimic the roller-mill side of Patrón’s production, again with the same size fermenters and stills.

When the distillery was completed in 2002 it had a capacity of 20,000 litres (at 55% alc./vol.) per week, now that capacity has jumped to 260,000 litres per week (13,520,000 annually). And, incredibly, despite its cramped space sandwiched between the houses in Atotonilco El Alto town, Casa Patrón adds another 130,000 litres of roller-mill production to give a weekly total of 390,000 litres – nearly 20 times what the distillery was producing when it opened.

Aging warehouses have and continue to be added to cope with demand and particularly the growing demand for añejo and extra añejo tequila. And as I write this, plans are underway to almost double production by mirroring the present plant on land acquired behind Hacienda del Patrón.

From its inception, the hacienda incorporated four bedrooms at the front of the distillery, above production, so that the directors could maintain hands-on close contact with production. However, to accommodate bartenders and world-wide distributors of Patrón wanting to visit the distillery, a 20-room guest house, La Casona (‘the big house’), has been added. This has all the amenities and luxuries of a 5-star hotel with the extra attraction of free-flowing tequila. A stay here is a luxury experience that money can’t buy – it’s invite only. (Bartenders reading this should enter Patrón Perfectionist for a chance to visit.)

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La Casona looking from teh distillery

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Patrón Estate Release

After entering the Hacienda Patrón estate, you drive past an agave field as you approach the distillery and this very limited-edition tequila is made

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Patron XO Cafe Liqueur

This Mexican coffee-flavoured liqueur is based on 100% agave Patrón Tequila rather than neutral spirit, as is more commonly the case with coffee liqueurs.

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Gran Patron Burdeos

This 100% agave, triple distilled añejo tequila is matured in a combination of casks: one year in ex-bourbon barrels, 10 months in French oak barrels

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Gran Patron Piedra

Launched in global travel retail in April 2013, Gran Patrón Piedra is an extra añejo tequila produced using a traditional Tahona wheel to crush the piña

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Roca Patron Reposado

Patrón Roca range is distinguished by being produced in small batches exclusively using a Tahona stone crushers along with agave fibres in the wooden

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Gran Patrón Smoky Tequila

Made using a baking process usually more associated with mezcal, Patrón Smoky starts with roasting 2 tonnes of agave piñas with mesquite in small underground

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Patron Silver tequila

Patrón Silver is a blend of two very differently produced triple distilled tequilas - one made using a traditional tahona and fermented with agave fibres,

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Patron Citronge

This orange liqueur was developed for use in Margarita cocktails and is made using organically grown sweet oranges from Jamaica and bittersweet oranges

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Roca Patron Anejo

Patrón's Roca range is distinguished by being produced in small batches exclusively using a Tahona stone crushers along with agave fibres in the open

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Roca Patrón Silver

Patrón's Roca range is distinguished by being produced in small batches exclusively using a Tahona stone crushers along with agave fibres in the open

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Patron Reposado Tequila

Patrón Reposado comprises two very different 100% agave triple distilled tequilas - one made using a traditional tahona and fermented with agave fibres,

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Gran Patron Platinum Tequila

Produced from a blend of two very differently produced triple distilled tequilas - one made using a traditional tahona and fermented with agave fibres,

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Patron Anejo tequila

Patrón Añejo is a blend of two very differently produced triple distilled 100% agave tequilas - one made using a traditional Tahona and fermented with

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Patron XO Cafe Dark Cocoa

Launched in February 2012, Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa is coffee liqueur based on Patrón Silver tequila and flavoured with Criollo dark cocoa from Mexico's

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Patrón Extra Añejo

Aged for more than three years in a combination of new and used American, French and Hungarian oak casks, Patrón Extra Añejo was introduced in 2017 as