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Mexican Owned Tequila List: 30 Picks (2022 Updated)

Last Updated on September 6, 2022 by Lydia Martin

Celebrities owning tequila brands are all the rage now – from George Clooney and Kendal Jenner to Michael Jordan. 

There’s nothing wrong with American celebrities being involved in the tequila world, but wouldn’t it be better if we give attention to traditional Mexican producers and their authentic tequila? 

Get your hands on high-grade tequilas with our Mexican-owned tequila list. Read on. 

Top 30 Mexican-Owned Tequila Brands To Try 

30. 1800

1800

1800 is a fine sipping tequila brand and a major player in the tequila industry. The Beckmann family owns 1800, and it was launched in 1975. 

The Mexican-owned tequila brand has been imported to the US since 2008 and has taken home different prestigious awards for being a high-quality tequila. 

29. Maestro Dobel

Maestro Dobel

Maestro Dobel is a Mexican-owned tequila brand named after Juan Domingo Beckmann Legorreta (DOBEL). 

It is one of the tequila brands owned by the Beckmann family, established in 2008. The production of Maestro Dobel happens in their own distillery (NOM 1122). 

28. Gran Centenario

Gran Centenario

Gran Centenario is one of the oldest tequila brands in the market today. It was established in 1857 by Master Distiller Lázaro Gallardo, and it was the first distillery to use the production process called Seleccion Suave. 

Today, both the distillery and the brand are owned by Jose Cuervo [1]. 

27. Camarena

Camarena

Camarena has a unique, long history and is considered one of the best Mexican-owned tequilas today.

It is family owned by the Camarena family, and now, Carlos Camarena Curiel is the third-generation Master Distiller of the premium tequila. 

26. Siete Leguas

Siete Leguas

Siete Leguas is one of the best Mexican-owned tequilas in the tequila world today. It was founded by Ignacio González Vargas in 1952, and it was named after the horse of General Francisco Villa.

If you have a soft spot for drinking tequila, their Añejo is a must-try. 

25. Fortaleza

Fortaleza

Fortaleza is a family-owned distillery that stretches back five generations and is originally known as La Perseverancia. Unlike other tequila companies, the great tequila brand resisted being purchased by foreign conglomerates. 

Every bottle of Fortaleza is made from pure blue agave from Jalisco Highlands. 

24. Corazon

Corazon

The family of Carmen Villareal has owned Corazon for over 130 years. It is one of the best brands with a unique flavor profile because it follows an original tequila [2] family recipe today. 

23. Tequila Corralejo 

Tequila Corralejo 

Corralejo is a tequila brand that uses cooked agave plants from the agave fields of Jalisco. The agave-based tequila brand originated from Hacienda Corralejo before Leonardo Rodriguez gained ownership in 1994. 

It is one of the Mexican-owned tequilas that features an array of original tequila (double distilled agave) selections. 

22. Volcan de mi Tierra

Volcan de mi Tierra

Trent Fraser owns Volcan de mi Tierra, and since day one, he has overseen tequila’s production and the aging process.

The brand uses the best agave plants and traditional Tahona milling to extract the agave juices from the agave heart. 

21. Tequila 29 Two Nine

Tequila 29 Two Nine

Tequila 29 Two Nine is owned by Alberto Rubio. While their brands do not have a family tradition or decades of experience, it has attracted the European market.

Its Reposado rested in American oak barrels for eight months and is a must-have because of its rich flavor.   

20. Casa Mexico Tequila

Casa Mexico Tequila

Casa Mexico is rich in flavor and history as they use the tradition of authentic Mexican distillery to craft the amazing and crisp flavor of the tequila. 

The tequilas are made from 100% agave plant, and Eric “Don” Buccio owns it. He has partnered with Mexican-American boxer Oscar De La Hoya and Mexican-American actor Mario Lopez. 

19. Tequila El Jefe

Tequila El Jefe

El Jefe is a family-owned tequila brand operated by Mexican-American father-daughter duo Mario and Samantha Gonzalez. The luxurious spirit is manufactured in Tequilera Las Juntas in Jalisco, Mexico. 

Moreso, it is made from 100% blue agave and won multiple international awards. 

18. Tequila Tromba

Tequila Tromba

Tromba is a family legacy made by Father-son duo Marco Cedano and Rodrigo, named after the storms that came down on Jalisco. 

The brand is adamant about respecting the past of Mexican culture and embracing the possibilities of the future. It offers three varieties of tequila: Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo. 

17. Casa Noble Tequila

Casa Noble Tequila

Casa Noble is an organic spirit and is well appreciated by many tequila lovers because of its exceptional taste.

Like other brands, it offers Blanco tequila, Reposado, and Añejo. The tequilas are made from 100% blue agave and aged in oak barrels for a great flavor profile and rich aroma. 

16. Tequileño

Tequileño

Don Jorge Salles founded El Tequileño in 1959; today, his grandson is in charge of the business. It is one of the well-known brands in Mexico, and it offers nine different expressions, including a double wood Reposado. 

15. Tequila Cazcabel

Tequila Cazcabel

Tequila Cazcabel is named after the famous poisonous rattlesnake, and the brand features Blanco tequila and other flavor-infused tequilas. 

This spirit is made in Arandas in Jalisco, Mexico, founded by Don Cazcabel and overseen by the Vazquez family. 

14. Tequila Don Sueños

Tequila Don Sueños

Don Sueños is a Mexican-owned tequila that falls in the super-premium category. It is run by a family that has grown agave for over four decades, and Charlie Sheen (an American actor) joins the brand as co-owner.

13. Tequila San Matias

Tequila San Matias

San Matias is a Mexican-owned tequila brand known for perfecting Blanco tequila and Reposado. For more than 136 years, the brand has continuously operated and uses copper pots for distillation. 

12. Tequila La Malinche

Tequila La Malinche

Tequila La Malinche has a rich history, tradition, and process for over 70 years. The brand uses agave plants from Jalisco and sticks true to the culture and tradition of Mexican tequila. 

Every bottle is crafted in Tequilas del Señor and was named after an indigenous woman who worked as the conquistadores’ translator. 

11. Casa Dragones

Casa Dragones

Casa Dragones is numbered and hand signed to ensure the authentic taste of Mexico. Mexican craftsmanship undergoes a modern process. 

Every bottle is rich and unmatched. Bertha González Nieves was born in Mexico and worked at Jose Cuervo before creating the brand. 

10. Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo is the world’s first tequila producer, and until today, it has been owned by the same Mexican family since 1812. 

Unlike other tequila companies, Jose Cuervo produces mixto tequila, but most of its expressions are 100% blue agave. 

9. Tequila Moderno

Tequila Moderno

Moderno is a new brand of tequila owned by a Mexican. Unlike other brands that are family-owned and traditional, Tequila Moderno was founded by a young Mexican entrepreneur. 

It has five expressions, and most reviewers particularly note the high-end taste and affordability of the spirit.

8. Sotol Hacienda de Chihuahua

Sotol Hacienda de Chihuahua

Sotol Hacienda de Chihuahua is slightly different from other tequilas as distillers create Sotol with dasylirion found in Chihuahuan in Northern Mexico. The distillery is located in Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico, and Vinomex operates it. 

7. Tequila Espinoza

Tequila Espinoza

Tequila Espinoza is crafted in small batches at a micro-distillery, and to live up to the quality of its name, the brand has an external tasting committee. All four tequila expressions are triple-distilled to ensure their purity and high quality. 

6. Tequila Pueblo Viejo

Tequila Pueblo Viejo

Pueblo Viejo has a long-standing history since 1886, and until today, it has grown into a contemporary brand loved by many. 

Don Delfino González was over 50 years old when he started the brand, and the exquisite hand-blown glass (purple bottle) is a trademark. 

5. La Gritona

La Gritona

Behind every bottle of La Gritona, reposado tequila and other expressions are crafted using the best agave in Jalisco. Melly Barajas Cárdenas owned the La Gritona brand, but before her tequila endeavors, she was a clothing designer. 

4. La Gran Señora Tequila

La Gran Señora Tequila

La Gran Señora is one of the finest tequila makers in the world, and it is owned and operated by the Camarena family. Augustin Camarena founded it in 1938, and today, it is led by a matriarch, Doña Elena. 

3. Satryna Tequila

Satryna Tequila on desk with shot glass

Nitzan Marrun founded Satryna tequila, and the small batch tequila producer uses their family’s generation-old recipe. They use 10 to 12-year-old blue agave and claim that more matured agaves prevent hangovers. 

2. Prospero Tequila

Prospero Tequila on table

One of Mexico’s well-known female Master Distillers, Prospero Tequila, was founded by Stella Anguiano.

It was named Prospero to celebrate women and their contribution to society. It has great taste and an affordable price compared to other 100% agave tequilas. 

1. Clase Azul

Clase Azul on desk with cocktail

Clase Azul was carefully crafted with a mission to save Mexican artisan culture by using their designs on their artisanal bottles. The brand offers a flavor for everyone and uses Cenizo agave that grows in Northern Mexico’s Durango. 

FAQs

Is Patron tequila Mexican owned?

No, Patron tequila is not Mexican-owned. It is owned by Bacardi and founded by Don Facundo Bacardi Masso, a Spanish wine merchant in Santiago de Cuba. 

Should tequila brands only be owned by Mexicans?

No, tequila brands are not required to be owned by Mexicans only. Americans and foreigners are welcome to partner with local Jaliscans to produce tequilas as long as they follow the strict requirement of tequila production.  

Final Thoughts

Every bottle of tequila made in Mexico deserve recognition because they let other people have a taste of an authentic Mexican-owned spirit.

However, foreigners and celebrities are still welcome to be involved in the industry to help traditional Mexican producers produce more bottles. 

There is a wide array of tequila brands like El Conde Azul, Don Julio, and other non-Mexican-owned brands. However, you can never go wrong getting the best of the best from Mexican-owned tequila brands.  

References:

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/joemicallef/2021/05/20/why-you-should-rediscover-centenario-tequila/#
  2. https://www.britannica.com/topic/tequila-distilled-liquor

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