…today we journeyed in our Ford Explorer to Corrolejo to the Tequila Distillery in search of blue bottles to add to the adornment at the Chapel of Jimmy Ray. It is only 1.5 hours from here…an easy drive. We pulled up to the Front Gate of the Distillery which is housed in a former hacienda built during the Modernist Period…it is quite spectacular and reminded us of Barcelona. We were greeted by the General manager and I introduced myself as an artist from San Miguel. He was quite generous and we were given a private tour of the facility by a young man and woman. Later the General Manager…Don Leonardo took us in his Mercedes to the Bottle Factory and he showed us the whole production. We were very impressed and grateful for his generosity…we purchased a huge amount of blue bottles…..the first of many trips….I promise…I felt like I was in some wonderful magic time bubble and the atmosphere was dripping with ideas that I gathered and brought back with me for the continued adornment of our world here at Casa de Las Ranas…Viva Mexico!
Richard at Corralejo Distillary
Below this grating which you walk on is newly distilled Tequila yet to be aged in large casks….it is literally a river of Tequila…..
Bottle Window in the darkness of the large room where the Tequila ages….
The Distillery…check out the architecture…..the windows too!
A mosaic dome…..incrusted with bottle glass….stay tuned……those who have been to our house have seen our domed bedroom…..next?
Don Leanardo…the Big Squeeze of the Whole Operation….
One of many piles of broken blue bottles……
Molten glass exudes from the top of the machine….
Workers packing our bottles…..
We drove home with 260 Blue Bottles…….we will be back….I am in heaven!
Lonnie Hanzon says
What a wonderful adventure and such a fabulous shade of glass!
Absolutely fabulous place!
Want to vist!
Caroline and Ray Benkendortf says
Ray and I loved seeing your fantastic place and work and getting to know you and Richard. I love the necklace and will think of you when I wear it.
San Diego is very dull compared to San Miguel.
Maria Wegner says
Viva! Looks like the back of your Ford is packed with those bottles? There are no problems with the trip, right? Man, that does look like a fun time. At first, it sounds mundane, but when you do a road trip and achieve a haul like that it feels very satisfying and motivating.