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Tequila is a distilled alcoholic beverage made primarily from the blue agave plant in Mexico.
Tequila's origins can be traced back to a pre-Hispanic beverage (called pulque) made from the fermented base of the agave plant. The production process has become more refined over the centuries and now only the 'hearts' of blue agave are used.
The term 'tequila' is legally protected, and spirits bearing the name must be produced in certain parts of the Mexican states of Jalisco, Tamaulipas, Guanajuato, Michoacan and Nayarit. The town of Tequila, where the spirit was first made in the 16th Century, lies in the shadow of the Tequila volcano 35 miles (55km) north-west of Guadalajara city in Jalisco.
Mexico, at the southern tip of the North American continent, might seem like an unlikely wine producing nation, but viniculture has been practiced here for longer than anywhere else in the Americas. The Parras Valley's Casa Madero winery, founded in 1597, prides itself on being la vinicola mas antigua de America ('the oldest winery in America'). At this point in history, Bordeaux's Medoc was still an undrained marsh. It was from here that viticulture spread northwards to California and then southwards, notably to Chile and Argentina.
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