When the average American dreams about sipping their way through one of the world’s great alcohol producing regions, places like Napa Valley, Louisville, Provence, Scotland or Tuscany are likely the first to come to mind. Yet while all those destinations are undoubtedly at the top of their respective games, they’ve also become major tourist hubs, their rustic barrel houses and tranquil vineyards all too often overrun with the wide-eyed and thirsty masses vying for extra samples and clutching selfie sticks. It’s enough to harsh even the most exquisite of buzzes.
Enter Jalisco, Mexico. Perched on the Pacific Ocean, this scenic state is rife with history, culture and, most importantly, loads and loads of tequila. And we’re not talking the swill you choked down during all those fateful college ragers. Many of the makers calling the Tequila Trail home are putting hundreds of years of experience and tradition to work, cranking out a variety of top shelf, 100-percent agave bottles from crisp, clean blancos to sultry, complex extra añejos. They’re also letting the public in on the fun, giving curious visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the time-honored production process. Add that to nearby Guadalajara’s multifaceted urban appeal and you’re looking at one stellar getaway.