13 + German Gutiérrez Gamboa / Lágrimas de Dolores
/ we want to represent everything that Durango is
German Guttierez joins us, who along with his family, owns and operates Hacienda Lágrimas de Dolores in Durango, Mexico. They bottle their mezcals under the name Lágrimas de Dolores. In addition to producing their own expressions, Lágrimas de Dolores also partner with vinateros in the region to offer a variety of expressions.
This was our first conversation with a producer from Durango and we learned so much from German. He explained the history of mezcal production in Durango and described specific elements of the process that define the “Durango style”. We discussed the Cenizo agave at length and several other endemic varieties. German described the sport of Charreria, the traditional practice of horsemanship, that is a big part of his family history as well as the history of Durango.
Tess Rose Lampert, who helped to organize this podcast, also joined us for this in-depth conversation.
1. A capon Masparillo agave (the quiote has been cut to allow the sugars to stay in the pina or heart of the plant)
2. Masparillo agave
3. Tepemete agave
4. Lamparillo agave
5. Loading the horno with Castilla (Angustifolia) agaves
6. Harvesting Castilla agaves in the field
7. The Cenizo agave is endemic to Durango. Its scientific name is Durangensis
8. Cenizo agave
9. Cenizo agave
10. Durango Landscape
11. Don Enrique de la Cruz
12. Distillation on the palenque in Temoaya, Durango
13. Landcape of Temoaya, Durango, Mexico
14. A field of Verde agaves
15., 16. Hacienda Lágrimas de Dolores
17. Hacienda Lágrimas de Dolores
18., 19. Roasting the agave piñas (Lágrimas Vinata)
20. A fermentation barrel (tina) (Lágrimas Vinata)
22. Alembic copper distillation stills (Lágrimas Vinata)
23. Fabiola Avila master Vinatera for Lágrimas de Dolores. She is head of the Lágrimas Vinata
23. Hacienda Lágrimas de Dolores
24. German Guttierez in an agave field
25. A detail of a saddle. Charreria is the cultural practice of horsemanship similar to a rodeo. The sport has been described as "living history," or as an art form drawn from the demands of working life. Charreria is a big part of German's family history as well as the history of Durango
26. One of the family's horses
+ All images courtesy of German Guttierez
Lorena Terán Ibarra is the director of Copita Project for El Buho Mezcal where she leads the regenerative agriculture and educational programs.
Initiated by the founders of El Buho, the Copita Project seeks to replenish and preserve the balance of the natural environment while planting cultivated and semi-cultivated agaves.