It all starts at dawn in the Valley of San Francisco, Guanajuato. You have to keep your eyes wide open in the rugged mountains; a snake might feel invaded. We harvest the mature agaves Salmiana until late in the evening. A powerful machete cleans the 8-year-old, 155-pound heart, or “piña” and chops it into three pieces. After a hard day’s work, the chopped piñas are loaded onto trucks and sent to the distillery.
The piñas are piled into our stone oven. We seal the oven to allow the steam to soften them for two continuous days and nights. Eighty percent of mezcals on the market are made using firewood, but our distinct steaming process delivers a smooth, elegant spirit, without a trace of smoke.
The baked piñas are then placed in the six-ton stone mill, the tahona. We lovingly nicknamed her “la Muerte.” The milling continues until sun down.
The extracted nectar is placed in wooden barrels that have served since 1950. This is where our age-old recipe is fermented. Once the fermentation process begins, and up to eighty hours later, the Maestro Mezcalero clears his atelier of all people and continues to craft his art in solitude.
The delicate spirit is still distilled in copper pots brought to the hacienda in 1920. The production is completely done by hand. It’s personal, artisanal and full of passion. Here, ten liters an hour are produced drop by drop. Mezcal Villasuso does not rush the process under any circumstance. After 412 hours of craftsmanship, a fine mezcal is created.
Finally, the bottle is filled and sealed manually using cork and organic wax. Nature is our agave’s mother and we acknowledge her generosity by creating a product worthy and respectful to Mexican lands.
Of all agave varieties, Salmiana is the most exquisite and velvety; smooth and easy to drink.
The steaming process eliminates the trace of smoke; the flavor that feels harsh when sipped.
We are different.
The ancient ritual dedicates three drops to the land before mezcal can be enjoyed:
The first drop expresses appreciation to the land.
The second one is to us.
The last, to those who are no longer with us.
Aromas are memories.
Remember, when drinking mezcal, a taste of orange comes first.
Let your mind take note of the newly discovered flavors. Swish it around in your mouth. Those flavors that emerge are the maestro mezcalero’s signature.
An author’s mezcal.
The Founding Maestro Mezcalero.
Don Manuel Villasuso Ledezma (1914-1999).
Our founder was an extraordinary person who dedicated his life’s work to the land. When he was 32 years old, he became the mezcal production manager of the Marquisate’s Hacienda, Jaral de Berrio. The extensive expertise he obtained from running the facility belonging to the very last Countess of Mexico, drove him to open the first of his three mezcal distilleries. For him, life’s greatest pleasure was the agaves.
The Second Maestro Mezcalero.
Manuel Bernardo Villasuso Courtade (1940).
In 1960, he became involved in the inherited rites and secrets of the creative process. Two Maestros mezcaleros performing the purest, centennial rite. Certain of the quality of his product, he used to say that Mezcal Villasuso was «de adeveras», a «true mezcal»; that’s how our motto was born.
This was the incredible driving force that led to the founding of the Valle de San Francisco mezcal distillery in Guanajuato.
In order to continue to protect the original masterpiece, Manuel made the third generation promise to abide by the original recipe and taste. Each bottle should be distilled with passion. We now honor our word by bottling our mezcal in its true essence, committed to upholding this tradition by distilling world-class mezcal.
The Third Maestro Mezcalero.
Under a global view, the third generation (children and grandchildren) has powered an important change to the Brand. Promising to abide by the original recipe handed down to our Maestro, Pedro V., each bottle should be made with passion. We now honor our word by focusing our efforts on exporting this product, but protecting its essence.
With this meaningful legacy, we present to the world a spirit that tastes like Mexico.