Please join us to share a mezcalito & welcome Graciela Angeles Carreño on her first visit to San Antonio!
An excerpt from Grace Rubenstein’s reporting for PRI:
Graciela Angeles is the General Manager of Mezcal Real Minero. She is poised and calm, the fourth generation of mezcal makers in her family. Yet in her tiny town of Santa Catarina Minas, in the southern state of Oaxaca, she is kind of a revolutionary — a woman with a master’s degree who has grown Real Minero from a small family project into a high-end brand.
Angeles explains that she’s hardly the first woman to make an impact on the family business. “Women and men have always been part of making mezcal,” she says.
Across Oaxaca, women of the household have long helped tend the ovens and stills, fill the bottles, feed the workers, and manage the finances. In Angeles’ village, during Mexico’s prohibition on alcohol, women like her great-grandmother carried clandestine jugs of mezcal dozens of kilometers to sell in neighboring towns. The townspeople still mythologize these women as strong, tall, and bold, though in reality her great-grandmother was petite & quiet.
“At the end of the day, it was this tiny little woman who made my great-grandfather’s business possible,” Angeles says. But it was always the men of the household who got the credit for the product.
Now, with mezcal more marketable, more women are moving into the spotlight. Angeles is one of the most respected among them. She paid her university tuition by selling agave plants and has grown her business while taking care of two kids on her own.