THE SOUL OF OUR COMMUNITY

Don Felipe Camarena founded La Alteña distillery over 80 years ago. However, he created more than just a distillery and a tequila, he built a family. Our family puts heart into our work and uses skills that have been passed down through generations. We are proud of the tequila we make, because it is a true reflection of our community.

Distillery worker pushing the tahona stone over agave fibers to extract juices for tequila making
Workers resting in Jalisco agave fields at El Tesoro's La Alteña Distillery
We are a community for sure. A community of highly skilled, hardworking, fantastic people. El Tesoro is a tequila defined by these skilled people.
Carlos Camarena signature
Carlos C. Camarena, Master Distiller
OUR WAY OF LIFE IN HONOR OF THE AGAVE
We work together as a family to honor the traditional methods of tequila making, following Don Felipe’s legacy to capture the most flavor out of our highland blue weber agave. Our process requires mastery of skill and a commitment to quality by all our artisans.
We know when the agave plants are ripe due to the size and shape of the piña, and when the stem begins to shrink. It is knowledge that you cannot learn in a book, but by living and working."
Juan Jesús Zúñiga Meza,
JIMADOR
THE TREASURE OF THE JALISCO HIGHLANDS

El Tesoro is a celebration of our most precious asset: our blue weber agave. The agave we use to make our tequila is grown on the Camarena estate in the highlands of Jalisco, where the mineral-rich red soil plants a more rounded, fruity and floral flavor. We capture this flavor immediately as it comes off the still and bottle it in our Blanco tequila. We carefully age our Reposado and Añejo tequilas in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, which impart rich notes of oak and vanilla, enhancing the agave flavor without masking it.

2018 International Spirits Challenge tequila producer of the year gold medal icon
Our distillery community is humbled and proud to be named the Tequila Producer of the Year at the 2018 International Spirits Challenge.
Close-up photo of El Tesoro tequila Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo bottles
I’ve dedicated my entire life to La Alteña as a distiller. I have carried out these duties since the beginning, because that is how the generations before me have done it."
José Lorenzo Coronado Padilla,
HEAD DISTILLER
THE HEART OF A GREAT COCKTAIL
Like our tequila, crafting an exceptional cocktail requires care, precision and the best ingredients. The El Tesoro tequila cocktails you'll discover here were created by our community of bartenders and friends. From the Paloma to the Diablo, our cocktails complement the agave-forward flavor and complexity of our artisanal tequila.
La Morenita tequila and tarmarind puree cocktail served in a rocks glass from El Tesoro
Passion Paloma grapefruit and passionfruit tequila cocktail served in a highball class made by El Tesoro