First and foremost, Real Minero is a family business. The Ángeles family is a respected and beloved family in the mezcal making community of Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca, one of the most recognized villages for traditional mezcal in all of Mexico. Facing the public and leading the team is Graciela Ángeles Carreño. She is a pioneer in the mezcal industry, forging the path for agave conservation, preserving cultural heritage, and female leadership. It is impossible to overstate her contributions to the industry. Her brand, Real Minero, is one of the most recognized brands of authentic mezcal from Santa Catarina Minas, known for their ancestral production using clay pot stills. She comes from a long line of mezcaleros that have produced award winning spirits for generations. The current maestro mezcalero is her brother Edgar Angeles. Nearly all of their mezcals are rested in glass before being released.
In addition to producing world class mezcal, Real Minero is known for their commitment to sustainability. Their reforestation and nursery programs are responsible for rescuing varieties that were thought to be extinct, protecting them for future generations. This is the backbone of their Preyecto LAM which focuses on environmental responsibility. Named in honor of the late patriarch and maestro mezcalero, Lorenzo Angeles Mendoza (LAM), the project honors his commitment to and love of the natural world. The project has a scientific approach, documenting aspects like pollination, flowering,reproduction of plants, and viability of seeds, paying close attention to factors like climate change, with a goal of understanding how to protect the endemic agave species in a natural way. The information collected and synthesized is shared with other agave growers and follows the criteria established by the Mexican Association of Botanical Gardens. Agave by Montiel is proud to be working with Proyecto LAM.