Mezcal Immersion with Sósima and Fanekantsini Cooperative
Immerse Yourself in the World of Mezcal for a Day
This experience is a collaboration with our “Women in Mezcal” host, Sósima, and takes you all the way to Sola de Vega for a day. We´ll take off from Tlayudona and embark on a beautiful adventure into the countryside. We´ll make sure to coffee-up at Tlayudona to hold us over until we get a solid breakfast on the way to the village of San Francisco Sola.
You´ll know we’ve reached our destination when the paved roads start to give way to dirt paths and we begin to see more donkeys and bulls than cars. There we’ll spend our morning in an artisanal palenque nestled amongst fields of agaves and other regional plants.
Then you´ll learn about the entire mezcal-production process, from the plant to the bottle. Depending on your energy levels, you´ll be able to go out into the field and help shave/harvest an agave plant and see all of the work that this entails. You´ll be walked through the various steps of the distillation process, all of which happen on site.
Our host, Sósima, comes from several generations of mezcal-producers and is a prominent figure in the local scene, with a wealth of information and an enlightening perspective regarding gender, community, and other dynamic layers of what lies beneath the surface of mezcal production.
The experience will culminate in a mezcal tasting, where the cooperative that Sósima belongs to will provide us with 3 mezcal varieties to try. We´ll sample mezcal distilled from different types of agaves, and different process of distillation. Don´t be surprised if you start drawing connections between the agave varieties you spotted earlier in the day and the nuanced mezcal flavors they create during the distillation process. Mezcal will be available for purchase at this point, but it is not obligatory by any means.
For lunch we´ll head down to Sola de Vega´s village center, where Doña Verónica will prepare us a delicious lunch typical of the region, with an appetizer, a main course, and a refreshing “agua de sabor”. (Talk to us about vegetarian options or any other specific food-related requirements. Doña Vero is happy to accommodate them with advanced notice.)
Her restaurant is located in one of the pueblo´s original colonial houses and retains its charm and history.
Meet-up at Tlayudona, #100 Hidalgo, Barrio Jalatlaco. We will travel to Sola de Vega in an air-conditioned vehicle (2.5 hours). Experience will end in Oaxaca Centro in the evening.
Time Frame: Full-Day
We will arrange to leave at 7:45 a.m. from Tlayudona, and will return in the evening, at approximately 6:30 p.m. (*Due to traffic and other unknown factors, we do not have a precise return time.) Please be at Tlayudona by 7:30 a.m. We´ll have our doors open and the coffee on.
- Transportation to and from Sola de Vega in an air-conditioned vehicle (Transportation 2-6 guests in mini-van.)
- Breakfast/Brunch: Regional memelitas, eggs cooked on the comal, juice, coffee, or hot chocolate.
- A tour of the agave fields and the palenque in Sola de Vega
- An in-depth explanation of the processes involved in mezcal production, from plant to bottle
- Mezcal samples on-site at the Palenque
- A discussion of emerging trends in the mezcal industry, the local and global mezcal marketplace, etc.
- A panoramic mezcal tasting of 3 varieties of mezcal
- Homemade lunch in an ex-hacienda, typical of the region, made by Doña Veronica
This experience will be given in Spanish and can be translated into English when necessary. Our host is Sósima, Maestra Mezcalera, and our translator is Jennifer, M.A. in sociology.
Minimum amount of participants required to schedule this experience: 3
If you are flexible with your dates, please write us firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We´re offering this experience Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday, but ideally we´d like to take group folks together to make the trip/s efficient and sustainable. Contact us about discounts for groups of 4 or more people!