We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Support this operator:Times are tough for the travel community right now. To show your support, consider leaving a review or posting photos of tours and experiences you have taken. Your support will go a long way in helping tour operators worldwide get back on their feet down the road

Mezcal Educational Tours

#1 of 135 Tours in Oaxaca
Oaxaca, Mexico
More
About Mezcal Educational Tours
Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca offers spirits aficionados, novices & industry professionals 1 - 3 day mezcal tours in Oaxaca's central valleys and beyond. Learn about agave / maguey, photograph, sample, buy. We visit small, familyoperated distilleries (palenques) using clay pot production & traditional copper stills (alembics). You'll finish the day also understanding the families' cultures. Inquire regarding our expertise, testimonials, cost, etc. Ask about group tour packages for not only about mezcal and pulque, but also delving into Oaxacan cuisine and craft beer pairing. Considering a business plan exporting mezcal with your own label, or opening a bar or restaurant with a healthy complement of mezcal, or a mezcaleria? We are also consultants in this respect. Or, if you are a photographer or documentary film maker, we have assisted this type of professional on many occasions over the past decade. Mezcal is a full time passion, but a part-time vocation; so inquire early.
Open Now
Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
See all hours
Certificate of Excellence
Travelers talk about
Tours and Tickets by Mezcal Educational Tours

Oaxaca Mezcal Tour with Craft Beer and Cuisine Pairing

Your leader/facilitator/guide is a mezcal expert who dedicates his working life to teaching about mezcal, agave, pulque &aguamiel; and nothing else. Randall has been in the craft beer and mezcal business in the US for more than 15 years, hailing from Austin, TX, now a permanent resident of Oaxaca. Alvin has been a permanent resident of Oaxaca for more than 15 years, is certified as a Master Mezcalier, and has written over 40 articles about mezcal, craft beer, agave, pulque and sustainability. Both Randall and Alvin believe in ethical tourism! Both have extremely warm and mutually beneficial relationships with the distillers and their families. Inquire for more comprehensive CVs.
Read more
10 hours
from $179.49

Mezcal Tours Oaxaca: A Day in the Life

The only way to truly learn about mezcal production, is to participate in all or as many states of production as practicable, alongside the palenqueros (distillers) and their family members. In this way one best begins to appreciate the hard work which goes into making a bottle of mezcal. Of course in the day we have breaks, and lunch (optional and extra) at a local rural eatery serving traditional Oaxacan fare, and there will be opportunities to sample upwards of 30 mezcals, which can be purchased at a fraction of retail, from some of the same producers which sell to bars, restaurants and mezcalerias in Oaxaca and elsewhere throughout Mexico. Cut agave in the field, fill the oven, empty the oven, prepare the sweet baked agave for crushing, crush by hand or with the horse and tahona, fill and empty the fermentation vats, then distill. You do it all (as much as we can reasonably arrange), working alongside indigenous Zapotec producers, and their families.
Read more
10 hours
from $179.49

Pulque Tour Plus: Aguamiel Harvest in the Field with Zapotec Dinner

Even Oaxacans rarely if ever have an opportunity to accompany an indigenous family into the fields for the aguamiel harvest. And most, certainly of the middle classes, typically don’t ever have a chance to break bread with them. You do it all, learning about pulque first hand, assisting in the phases of production, and spending a couple of hours chatting, learning, eating and drinking, and listening to music, all right in their home alongside members of their family.
Read more
5 hours
from $164.11
622Reviews9Q&A
Traveler rating
  • 614
  • 6
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Adam B wrote a review Jun 2020
Brooklyn, New York3 contributions
Mezcal Educational Tours is one of the greats, in terms of who you want showing you the true character of the mezcal world, in Oaxaca. This was my second time out, with Alvin, and I cannot say enough about his kindness, hospitality, generosity, passion, knowledge, and
Read more
Helpful
Share
Carey H wrote a review May 2020
1 contribution
My husband and I went on a private, all day tour with Alvin last October 2019. He collected us promptly from our hotel in his car and proceeded to drive us out of town for the next 50 minutes or so towards Santa Catarina de Minas, the region of Oaxaca well known for mezcal
Read more
Date of experience: October 2019
Helpful
Share
Nicholas A wrote a review Mar 2020
San Diego, California2 contributions
Alvin, thank you for being a genuine host, who is passionate about their subject matter, and makes the experience enjoyable! I hope to be back again soon, in search of destilado de maguey. ~Nick
Read more
Date of experience: March 2020
Helpful
Share
Navigator477182 wrote a review Mar 2020
8 contributions
Tomas is very knowledgeable about the small mezcal producers, and took us to three out of the way but excellent producers. We had a great time and bought 4 bottles of excellent mezcal to take home.
Read more
Date of experience: March 2020
Helpful
Share
Response from Mezcal_Tours, Owner at Mezcal Educational Tours
Responded Mar 25, 2020
Thanks for complimenting the work that Tomás does. However, he is not an associate or employee of Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca. Alvin and Randall are the only two associates. However, when we are not available to accommodate the dates of prospective clients, we often recommend Tomás (as well as someone else), so that visitors to Oaxaca are not left out in the cold. It's always best to contact us as early as possible, so as to increase the likelihood that we will be able to accommodate your dates. Typically, Alvin and Randall make more than three stops in a day so as to ensure that clients are able to witness as many stages of production as possible, as they are happening and nothing being pre-planned for tourists. It's all very real and nothing is staged for tourism, guaranteed. And we want to ensure that the sampling and buying opportunities abound, typically sampling about 30 different mezcal expressions. We also ensure, subject to the wishes of clients, that stops are made at both ancestral clay pot distillers, as well as of course the more traditional copper pot still or alembic production. And if a client is interested in the more atypical refrescador production, that's another option at times. Thanks again, and we're glad it all worked out well with Tomás.
Read more
Sara J wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions
We had a wonderful day with Alvin learning about the production of mezcal. We saw distillation in clay pots and also using copper pots. We were lucky enough to visit one of the palenques when they were getting ready to roost the agave. Learning about the labor intensive
Read more
Date of experience: March 2020
Helpful
Share
Previous