The art of mezcal reaches back through the centuries to the first Spanish in Mexico. We choose to rigorously follow those traditions of our ancestors and keep Wahaka rooted in the ancient. There are certainly easier ways and there are compromises that might go unnoticed. Instead, we insist our mezcal be handmade as our ancestors intended–cooked in earthen pits, crushed under a millstone, and fermented in open-air vats. When it comes to authentic mezcal, we believe the old world is still the best world.
Walk around our palenque and you’ll notice something peculiar. There’s no machinery, no industrial equipment, no hint of mass production. Instead, it’s simple tools. An axe, a pitchfork, a clay still heated by a wood-fired oven. Not everyone will understand why we stick to the old ways, but it’s this simplicity that wins us the devotion of those who love artisanal mezcal.
Wahaka is more a family than a brand. There’s something special about a mezcal that’s personally made by the owner in the company, with his family working by his side. Alberto Morales is a maestro mezcalero, an honor earned only after decades of investment in a craft. Yet, he’s just as interested in ensuring the world has the opportunity to enjoy true artisanal mezcal.
Our mezcal brings happiness to thousands of people around the world. That’s what we want to share with our community. That means helping to provide free quality healthcare, delivering toys to impoverished kids, and sponsoring decent uniforms to the high school basketball team. And every person on our team is paid an above market wage so they and their families can thrive.
We’re committed to sustainable agave farming that ensures harvests for generations to come. To honor that commitment, we started the not-for-profit Fundación Agaves Silvestres, that replants wild agave and educates the community and its youth on responsible farming. We also are certified organic by both USDA and Mayacert.