Mezcal Santa Tierra

Santa Tierra is a 100% mexican company, made by friends and now partners who decided to move forward in the fascinating world of mezcal. We took things very seriously and we propose ourselves only one objective; to make Santa Tierra the best mezcal ever made, not just because its flavor, also for the dedication and its quality.

We choose the location of Sola de Vega in Oaxaca, because it was there where we found the best agave plants to produce our mezcales and not just that, we also got the alliance with the best “mezcaleros” masters from Oaxaca.



Our Mezcal

Santa Tierra is manufactured from the choice of 4 different species of agave plant; el espadín (angustifolia), the arroqueño (americana var americana), coyote (americana oaxacensis) and Tobalá (potatorum succ), all wild and heart of the Sierra de Oaxaca. There grow for a period of 6-20 years depending on the variety, using the waters of rivers flowing naturally in charge of enriching our magueyes before being cut to provide smooth and select agave flavor that characterizes mezcales Santa tierra.

Quality And production

Our mezcales are 100% organic, milling is done manually, fermentation is natural wood vats and the cooking process is carried out in conical volcanic stone ovens. Our dedication to every single detail of the craftsmanship is what distinguishes us from other mezcal, placing the Mezcal Santa tierra as the finest in the world.

Santa Tierra is certified by all relevant agencies to ensure Mexican mezcal 100% organic and 100% handmade. It also complies with all certificates and sanitary standards stipulated by the Protection against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) and the Mexican Council Regulatory Quality Mezcal (COMERCAM).

Recently, the Santa Tierra was included in the category of ancestral mezcales by NOM 070 which regulates the mezcal, which is a great honor for us, because it is the category that can only be the most exclusive mezcales.



Manufacturing

All of our products are completely artisanal and organic. Unlike other alcoholic beverages, mezcal does not use chemicals for its production. The process we follow cannot be industrialized and it is in close contact with the roots of the people who produce it. The harvesting is done carefully and individually, it is done by hand and not with tractors and agaves are not carried by machines but by living beings. The cooking is done in pit ovens using fossil fuels thus avoiding pollution through smoke release. The mashing is done with a mallet or a rustic mill and not using machines or electric power. After fermentation, it is distilled in clay pots avoiding loss of flavor just like when alembics are used. Our containers are owned and certified, ready to store the product until its bottling, which is also done manually. Each process is certified by the relevant authorities, ensuring that Santa Tierra is a pure, healthy, organic and artisanal product made with 100 % agave.

Variety

Most of Oaxaca´s mezcals marketed today come from the Valley of Oaxaca. In the search for new and different flavors, Santa Tierra’s team explored new areas deeper inside de Southern Mountains of the state. In the municipality of Sola de Vega we found the most exquisite maguey in the region.

Whether wild or cultivated, the maguey is enriched and nurtured by the elements that surround it… riverbanks, waterfalls, soil and slopes. Our magueys are nurtured for years with virgin water and minerals, which transform the flavor and properties of the piñas (agave heart) we use to distill our mezcal.

Unlike other companies, we choose only agave in prime conditions with an exact age and maturity to bring out the best flavor.



What´s Mezcal?

It’s a traditional alcoholic beverage produced from the distillation of the agave plant.

You can find a great array of mezcals depending on the distillation process, Agave variety or according elements added to the process.

We specialize in young mezcal which has not been aged and hasn´t had any added flavours. We believe in maintaining the purity of the agave flavor.

One variety of mezcal is tequila, this beverage gets its name from the town where it is produced Tequila, Jalisco. The manufacturing process of this drink has been industrialized, this being the main difference between tequila and artisanal Mezcal.

Legend

The history of mezcal comes from ancient times dating back to ancient Mesoamerica, which a legend that is counted as was, that the gods gave to mortals the pleasure of this drink.

This beautiful girl, lived in heaven guarded by a tzintzimitl, one of those stars that at all costs try to avoid that light overcomes the darkness; one of these beings was the grandmother of Mayahuel. But with all vigilance, Mayahuel fled with the handsome Quetzalcoatl to betray his love, sparking fury grandmother, who sent other tzintzimitl to give death to lovers, who had become the same tree. The branches that were Mayahuel, were destroyed by homing grandmother, was saved only Quetzalcoatl, who picked up what was left of his beloved to bury and those branches, arose the great maguey.



Social Responsibility

We have set ourselves to convert our manufacturers and their families, into Mexican workers with growth opportunities beyond their ambitions. Santa Tierra´s goals require capable manufacturers with strong and profitable businesses. More than master mezcaliers, we look to develop small entrepreneurs who want to transcend together with us. In the future, we envision communities very different from the ones we found in our first trips. Among the short term improvements, we plan on a joint investment for a new paved road. This route will allow members of the community to attend the municipal school and health center in much less time, avoiding the mile long walks they take today. This initiative is just an example of a win-win situation since that same road will provide safety and result in savings in our harvesting route.