|Santa Catarina Minas
Real Minero, situated in Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca, stands as a testament to the dedication of the Ángeles family, who have passionately upheld the craft for generations. Their lineage traces back to the pioneering efforts of their great-grandfather, Don Francisco Ángeles, affectionately known as "Papá Chico". In 1978, he initiated the family's journey in Ocotlán, selling their spirits in humble plastic jugs and recycled bottles adorned with simple paper labels. Over the decades, Real Minero has evolved and is now recognized as one of Mexico's premier agave spirit producers. They've recently chosen to omit the term “mezcal” from their bottles, stemming from disagreements with Mexico’s official certification process. Beyond production, the Ángeles family is deeply involved in initiatives like Proyecto LAM, which underscores ecological responsibility, the preservation of age-old agave traditions, and a commitment to environmental stewardship and maguey conservation.