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Penjamo Guanajuato: Home of Tequila Corralejo

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The City of Penjamo Guanajuato has its origins in the year 1542, and it is here where the Huachichil Indians first lived, after the arrival of the Spaniards.

But the life of its inhabitants has not been easy because shortly after it was founded, a terrible fire destroyed everything achieved with great effort; reconstruction began in 1830, and in 1857 it was granted the title of town, and years later, the title of City.

Nowadays, Penjamo has beautiful landscapes where you can go on different tours, such as to the Golondrina Dam, Las Encineras, Magallanes or to the Sierra; you can also go to the shooting range or why not, go to Churipitzeo, a small town where you can visit the legendary ahuehuete tree.

If you visit Penjamo, you should not miss the opportunity to visit the former Hacienda Corralejo, the birthplace of the father of the independence – Priest Miguel Hidalgo – and adapted to be one of the largest distilleries in the region.

Also, there is a small museum inside where you will see some antique objects typical of the priest Hidalgo, but you can also see the exhibition of drinks, domestic and foreign.

The Tequila Circuit

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Blue Agave fields in Penjamo Guanajuato

As you know, Tequila is the most representative drink in the country; it is made with tequilana agave, the blue variety.

Although Tequila is mainly produced in Jalisco state, the fertile lands of Guanajuato allow the cultivation of this species, reason why seven municipalities are recognized as Denomination of Origin to cultivate blue agave and produce Tequila: Abasolo, Ciudad Manuel Doblado, Cuerámaro, Huanímaro, Penjamo, Purísima del Rincón, and Romita.

Without a doubt, the most recognized Tequila is the one produced in Penjamo; the first tequila factory that put Guanajuato on the tequila production radar was the Corralejo tequila factory of national and international prestige.

Visit the Hacienda Corralejo in Penjamo Guanajuato

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Hacienda Corralejo

The Corralejo hacienda has its origin in an extension of land for cultivation granted in 1532 by the Spanish crown; during the 18th century, the hacienda was built and is considered the birthplace of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.

In 1996, the hacienda became Tequilera Corralejo, a 100% Mexican company that uses agave from the region with strict quality control processes in the production of Tequila.

Corralejo tequila gained fame, in addition to its flavor, for its blue bottle, which is representative of the tequilera.

In addition to learning about the tequila production process and tastings at the Dolce Vita wine cellar, you can enjoy various regional gastronomic products.

Touring the Hacienda

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A giant bottle of Tequila Corralejo

The Hacienda Corralejo experience begins at the welcome sign. From the beginning, the aroma of Tequila will flood your nose, and your eyes will be adorned with all the barrels and the hacienda that will captivate every part of you.

In the Hacienda Corralejo facilities, you will find the tequila-producing machinery and a “haunted” well where they say a ghost appears. It also has some cute stores for you to purchase a souvenir.

The Corralejo Rum Cellar

This space is dedicated to a majestic hat-like cellar unique in its kind, where the Mexican rums El Ron Prohibido 12 and Ron Reserva 22 are matured.

Bodegón de la Dolce Vita

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Impressive Cellar

Next to the main entrance is this architectural work of 18 domes that house a Tequila Corralejo aging cellar.

There is also a store with typical regional candies, glass handicrafts, and the sale of Casa Corralejo products.

Hours are Monday through Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm.

Besides being a tequila factory, Hacienda Corralejo is also a center for social events. You can hold your events in one of the cellars or patios, enjoying a menu of Mexican food accompanied by Corralejo Tequila.

Tequilera Real de Penjamo Guanajuato

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Beautiful ceramic bottle

Also, in Penjamo, a tequila factory has been gaining a privileged place, the tequilera Real de Penjamo; an important part of its production is exported to the United States and Europe.

It also stands out for the handcrafted elaboration of its bottles in high-temperature ceramics of the region; it produces white and aged tequilas.

Tequilera Real de Penjamo has a whole line of ceramic bottles. All of them are unique and unrepeatable since they are handmade by their craftswomen.

You can visit the tequila factory, have a tasting and enjoy an explanation of the tequila production process.

Visit the Tres Joyas Distillery

Located in the El Coyote ranch in the municipality of Penjamo Guanajuato, it produces Tequila in the community of Magallanes in an artisanal way, a process that you can learn about: It has two brands – Tequila Bacabes and Orgullo de Penjamo.

Also, in the municipality of Huanímaro, a young tequila called Tequila Huani is produced; the company was established in 2010, bringing together eighty producer partners, it is the first collective brand. They offer white and aged Tequila.

Other things to see in Penjamo Guanajuato

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Main Square and San Francisco de Asis Church

After visiting the Corralejo Hacienda, there are other cool things to see, for example:

  • The Temple of San Francisco de Asis
  • The Juarez Theater
  • Another must-see is the Hidalgo Market, which is more than 115 years old
  • By the way, you also have to visit and contemplate the main garden Ana Maria Gallaga
  • Visit the downtown, where there are gastronomic and cultural complexes. Also, the Hidalgo Niño Interactive Museum, where you can see how was the childhood of Priest Miguel Hidalgo like

Archaeological Zone of Plazuelas

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Archaeological Zone of Plazuelas

After strolling through the Historic Center of Penjamo, you must visit the Plazuelas complex. Its location is south of the Sierra de Penjamo.

The Plazuelas are relics of a city built between 600 and 900 AD. There are four pyramids, a ball court, and engraved stones.

There is also a museum with a variety of objects. The hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm.

Sierra de Penjamo

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Exploring the Sierra

The Sierra de Penjamo is one of the biggest attractions. Several ecosystems allow you to do various activities, such as camping, ATV tours, and exploring canyons and rivers.

In fact, several areas are virgin. If you have an adventurous soul, you should visit the Cañón de Murciélagos (bats canyon), where you can practice rappelling, jumping into water pools, swimming, and climbing.

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