Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal

The top-selling traditional Mexican spirit, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, was founded in 1995 to introduce the world to traditional mezcal produced the authentic, ancestral way. History suggests that only the four elements are needed to make mezcal, the predecessor to tequila, the old way: air, fire, water, and earth – and it’s a tradition that Del Maguey’s partner producing farmer-families continue to this day. 

Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal

Handcrafted by families in remote villages in Oaxaca and Puebla using handcrafted 400-year-old indigenous methods, each bottle of Del Maguey is an expression of individual family traditions and the unique terroir of each village: a taste of place. 

Del Maguey Mezcals start with the ripest heart of agave plants known as the ‘piña’. These are harvested by hand, crush with a horse-drawn stone wheel or with wooden mallets, fermented naturally, and distilled in small copper or clay pot stills. This all takes place in traditional palenques: rustic mezcal distilleries that are typically, centuries-old open-air setups on the outpost of a family farm.

Part of Pernod Ricard since 2017, Del Maguey has a deep commitment to environmental and social responsibility. It considers its award-winning pure mezcals as liquid art – honouring ancestral traditions and surrounding terroir to produce unique flavours of individual expression.

Every bottle of Del Maguey Single Village® Mezcal tells a story; the union of the agave plant and ancient traditions. Each bottle is an Expression – a story told by the hand of the maker

Mezcal versus tequila

Mezcal is often viewed as the predecessor to tequila and today are four key differences. First, mezcal existed hundreds of years before tequila. Second, mezcal can be made from over 40 varietals of agave, while tequila can be made from only one (the blue Weber agave).

Third, Mezcal and Tequila are protected by different Protected Designation of Origin (DO), which means that only products that meet the DO rules may carry the name of a product. Finally, mezcalis  traditionally distilled to proof, with an ABV of 45-55%, while Tequila, which is typically made with more modern methods that result in an ABV of 38-40%. 

9 Agave Varietals, 10 Villages, 20 Expressions: The Del Maguey portfolio is journey through the mythic world of Mezcal

Our Mezcal is more than just an Agave distillate made in Mexico. It is the culture and heritage of indigenous families. The heart of the agave and the soul of the village. The Del Maguey portfolio leads you on a spiritual adventure through this world. Whether you’re new to mezcal or are a seasoned connoisseur of rare varietals, there’s something for everyone to explore.

That’s why our mission is to Build Green Walls. By never leaving a lonely green bottle on the shelf or a backbar, we tell our trademarked Single Village® story that drives our category leadership: a story of the authentic culture of traditional mezcal as a celebration of ancestral artistry, unique to each hand of the maker.

  • Timeline
  • 500 AD

    According to ancient Mexica (mess-she-ca) myth, the gods grew the first maguey (agave) plant from the buried remains of Mayahuel, the legendary 400 breasted goddess.

  • 1521

    Many believe that distillation technology in Mexico pre-existed the arrival of the Spanish in 1521. When the maguey plant was sourced, mezcal was born.

    A man working in the field

  • 1620

    Made in small villages by farmer distillers who safeguard its traditions and culture, artisanal mezcal becomes part of the ritual life ways of indigenous Zapotec and Mixtec people.

  • 1985

    Traditionally made mezcal found Ron and blew his mind. He returns to Oaxaca and embarks on an epic adventure to meet the artisans who craft this magical spirit.

    Huge plant

  • 1995

    Del Maguey Single Village® Mezcal company is launched, artisanal mezcal is brought out of the shadows and introduced to friends, family, and the world.

    Del Maguey bottles

  • 1997

    Five farmer-families from Oaxaca are now partnered with Del Maguey, with 7 expressions exported to the US. All of these families are still working with Del Maguey in 2024, and these original expressions now make up the Village Tradiciones and Village Especiales tiers of the portfolio.

    Pouring mezcal

  • 2010

    VIDA Clásico, known at this time as VIDA, launched as the first artisanal mezcal suitable for cocktails to global bartender acclaim. The mezcal cocktail is born.

    Vida Clasico

  • 2012

    With the success of VIDA Clásico, Del Maguey is able to bottle and export limited batches of rare wild varietals from existing and new partner producers. These expressions are known today as the Village Varietales tier of the portfolio.

    Del Maguey portfolio of bottles

  • 2020

    Del Maguey celebrates a quarter century of pioneering the mezcal revolution, introducing this mythic elixir to artistic souls with open arms.

    Man in front of plants

  • 2023

    Del Maguey is now 100% owned by Pernod Ricard. VIDA Puebla is launched as the first partner project between the two entities.

    Vida Puebla

The Del Maguey story

Learn more about Del Maguey and Single Village Mezcal.