The BALAM greenhouse for starting cultivated MAXIMILIANA,
a Silverstran agave, in Mascota

Xavier Villagrán, whose family has worked in mezcal for three generations, founded BALAM fifteen years ago. Villagrán sources excellent artisanal spirits: mezcals in Oaxaca, raicilla in each of the three distilling regions of Jalisco (costa, sierra, llano), sotols from Chihuahua and Durango, and the rare churique from the tiny agave lechugilla.

We wish everyone was as aware as Villagrán of the urgency of developing sustainable ways of cultivating silvestran agaves.


VALENCIANA under cultivation