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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper


  • Dr. Rodolfo FERNÁNDEZ

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This paper is about going back to the traditional ways of Tequila distilling. The production of Tequila implies the interaction of three different social sectors which are very important for the survival of the traditions. The first sector is one of big industry with high pretentions and lesser quality of the spirit. The second involves sophisticated producers going back to the older traditional methods for the sake of higher quality of the product. A third group is considered distinct from the others due to the use of a wide range of stills made of wood, clay or copper, an inheritance of their ancestral technology. This form of production is the result of an adaptation to what has been available in their environment. This paper shows the incorporation by the second group to the traditional forms of production and the rejection of the strict norms imposed by the large producers, which require the use of only one variety of agave.