San Miguel de Allende: A tequila maker’s tour; Gillian Ferguson; CNN

Mexico – Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco

Bertha González Nieves is perfectly at ease in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

The co-founder and CEO of Casa Dragones, a high-end tequila that counts Oprah and Mexican super-chef Enrique Olvera as fans, is sitting in the dappled light of the courtyard of La Casa Dragones. It’s a 17th-century stone building that once housed the stables of the Dragones, the rebels of San Miguel who masterminded the move to Mexican independence here more than two centuries ago.

González Nieves and her business partner, Bob Pittman, were so inspired by the rebels’ courage and independent spirit that they not only named their company after the Dragones but also purchased the stables and turned them into a stunning tequila tasting room and four-bedroom house where visitors can enjoy private tastings.

With its elegant stone patio and open-air tasting room, there is no better place in this picturesque colonial destination to while away the afternoon learning about tequila and the history of the rebels with a glass of Casa Dragones Joven sipping tequila in your hand.

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