We’ve worked with third generation Tequilero Chacho Gonzalez at NOM 1360 in Santa Cruz del Astillero, Jalisco since ARTA Tequila was born in 2009.
Each bottle of ARTA is the pure expression of Gonzalez Single Estate Agave harvested at the peak of maturity.
A proprietary, wild propagated fruit yeast and deep well water are the only other ingredients used to make ARTA Tequila.
Growing agave is difficult work carried out by Jimadores on our Tequilero’s own fields, cultivated for three generations.
Plants grow for six to ten years and are meticulously tended until they are ripe and ready.
The leaves are removed with a sharp tool called a Coa. This reveals the whole piña, the heart of the agave.
The agave piñas are steam cooked in an autoclave oven under pressure for 12 hours, then rested for 12 hours. This 24-hour low & slow process evenly and cleanly unlocks the agave sugars, preparing them to become tequila.
The cooked agaves are now ready to be broken down in the roller where sweet juices are separated and squeezed from the fibrous plant. Deep well water is added for balance in preparation for fermentation.
Our unique fruit-propogated wild yeast strain goes to work for 5 days in open stainless steel vats, bringing a rich complexity that will be accentuated in the distillation process.
ARTA Silver – the purest expression of our Single Estate Agave – is triple distilled. The first two distillations are conducted low and slow, gently separating the Ordinario from heads and tails. The final Refinamiento is conducted at a higher temperature, resulting in a pure and clean liquid.
After a traditional double distillation, spirits destined to become ARTA Reposado, Añejo, and Extra Añejo are filled into a variety of casks.
Our Tequilero Chacho’s family has been perfecting tequila maturation for three generations. For Reposado and Añejo, we employ ex-Bourbon casks of various sizes, many of which are coopered on site.
Jerez Sherry and Cognac casks further deepen our luxurious 5-year-aged ARTA Extra Añejo.
For the final step, we cut ARTA Tequila to 40% a.b.v. with deep artisanal water from the on-site well. Our awarded products are then filled into custom triangular cut glass bottles at Chacho’s own facility near Guadalajara.
We use land preservation and pesticide-free farming methods on our 11th generation agave fields, proprietary fruit yeast, and our own private deep well water. From birth to bottle, ARTA elevates tequila making to an art form.
Steaming agaves low and slow deepens flavors from the first step. A careful triple distillation for ARTA Silver provides a clean and clarified profile. Pushing the limits on maturation make ARTA Reposado, Añejo, and Extra Añejo stand out from the crowd.
We are committed to leaving the additives so commonly found in many tequilas these days out of the mix. Our small batch tequilas are bottled on site in unique cut-glass, triangular bottle, adding to the ARTA experience.