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 abundance water from deep wells with the required acid mineral balance.

Production was almost doubled in 2018 with the completion of a mirror image of the already much extended original plant on land acquired behind the distillery. Hacienda del Patrón now incorporates multiple distilleries, each an exact replica of the first ones 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.

Even before the completion of the plant behind the Hacienda, in 2007 Patrón housed 78 copper stills, 10 Tahona mills, 51 brick ovens and 169 wooden fermentation tanks all under the same roof (see below).

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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 wooden fermenters and copper stills.

Aging warehouses have also been added to cope with demand and particularly the growing demand for añejo and extra añejo tequila.

From its inception, the hacienda incorporated two apartments 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, those apartments have been converted into four bedrooms and a purpose-built 20-room guest house, La Casona ('the big house'), has been built opposite the distillery and plans are underway to extend this to 36 rooms.

La Casona 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 their chance to visit.)

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La Casona looking from the 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