The Hispanic and Latinx-Owned Alcohol Brands to Have on Your Radar
The latest best-selling and newcomer Hispanic and Latinx-owned drinks brands on Drizly to get to know during Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond
Some of the most beloved wine, beer, and spirits products from around the globe are Hispanic and Latinx-founded and owned, from red-hot tequilas and mezcals to benchmark wines. “From the agave fields of Mexico to the sugarcane plantations in the Caribbean to the South American vineyards, Latinx producers have long contributed to the global spirits industry,” says Susana Cardona, the director of brand experience at Clase Azul Tequila.
For Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15, BevAlc Insights is highlighting popular Hispanic and Latinx-founded and owned brands available on Drizly that retailers should consider stocking. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories and cultures of Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, all of which boast strong wine and spirits histories.
Unsurprisingly, Hispanic and Latinx-owned drinks products on Drizly skew heavily toward two traditional products: 77 percent of Latinx and Hispanic-owned and founded brands are spirits, primarily tequila, with the remaining 22 percent of brands falling into the wine category.
Evidence from across the Drizly universe suggests consumers are continuing to value diversity in their shopping carts, making it crucial for retailers to support these brands all year. Major cities including New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago—which often act as bellwethers for larger nationwide trends—already over-index on Drizly in terms of supporting Latinx and Hispanic-owned brands.
While these brands encompass a range of products including rum, ready-to-drink, and non-alcoholic spirits, consumers appear most interested in supporting Latinx and Hispanic-owned tequila brands. Among the top five Latinx and Hispanic-owned brands that saw growth on Drizly in the past 12 months, three were tequila. “This suggests consumers may be more conscious of who owns the tequila brands they are purchasing as the category’s popularity continues to grow,” explains Drizly head of consumer insights Liz Paquette. “Also, a non-alcoholic product joined the list this year, signaling a larger trend taking shape on Drizly.”
The best way to support these brands, according to Eduardo Bacardi, the director of sales and marketing for Ron del Barrilito, is to get to know them: “Ask questions and get to know not only the product but also the story and individuals behind the brand. Consumers look for an authentic and real story because that translates to an authentic and real product.”
The list below showcases a selection of the most popular and rapidly growing Latinx and Hispanic-owned brands available on Drizly today. These brands’ unique cultural origins are as intriguing and delicious as the beverages they create.
Founded by Jen Batchelor and Bella Hadid, Kin Euphorics crafts non-alcoholic beverages boosted with adaptogens, nootropics, and botanics. Created to offer consumers delicious, non-alcoholic options for any mood, Kin Euphorics offers several flavors of lightly carbonated, single-serve drinks in addition to large-format mixers designed for sharing. Capitalizing on current wellness and better-for-you drinks trends, Kin’s unique offerings combine practical, natural ingredients with stunning packaging that stands out on the shelf.
A collaboration between Brooklyn-based Chef TJ Steele and the centuries-old Don Isaac Distillery in Oaxaca, Mexico, El Buho specializes in premium, small-batch mezcal. After traveling extensively in Mexico, Steele was inspired by the family tradition he witnessed at Don Isaac, where the sixth generation of the Jimenez Mendez family still hand-crafts their mezcals. Together, the duo founded El Buho in 2010 and has since released dozens of small batch mezcals in hand-pressed glass bottles.
Faust wines was founded by vintner Agustin Huneeus and his wife Valeria. The Chilean couple makes wines from the cool Coombsville subzone of Napa Valley, offering modern interpretations of Napa Valley terroir.
One of the fastest growing and most popular sangrias on the market today, Capriccio is sparkling and based on red wine. Founded by Alberto de la Cruz, who owns Florida Caribbean Distilling company with his family, Capriccio is an up-and-coming brand which is taking advantage of current sparkling wine and sangria trends.
In crafting their premium tequilas, Dos Artes controls production from its agave farms through bottling. Owned by Allan Aguiar, Dos Artes is a leader in artisanal tequilas made in the heart of Jalisco and ideal for sipping or mixing.
Mezcal El Silencio
Designed to be the ideal mezcal for cocktails, El Silencio was founded by Fausto Zapata and Vicente Cisneros. El Silencio uses traditional techniques – from growing and roasting agaves to distilling and aging their spirits – to craft premium mezcal.
Tears Of Llorona
Created by Master Distiller Germán González Gorrochotegui, Tears of Llorona is a rare super-premium tequila. First imported into the United States in 2014, this full-flavored tequila is made from 100 percent Blue Weber agave, which is triple-distilled before aging in a mix of sherry, brandy, and Scotch barrels for five years before release.
Crios is a family-focused winery located in the heart of Argentina’s wine country. Founded by Susana Balbo as a tribute to her children, the label produces wines designed to be enjoyed across generations.
Founded in 2004, Leviathan is now part of the Chilean-led Huneeus portfolio. Its single red blend represents a snapshot of California’s finest grapes each harvest season. Free from the restraints of appellations, Leviathan wines are bold and powerful expressions of prime California vineyards.
Rey Campero Mezcal was founded by mezcal master Romulo Sanchez Parada, and its name means “King of the Countryside.” These artisanal mezcals are produced in the southern highlands of Oaxaca, and each bottling is unique in flavors, aromas, and alcohol content.
Founder Joe Cruz launched YaVe to introduce a perfectly balanced tequila into the marketplace. Combining traditional methods with innovation, YaVe blends floral highland agave with spicy lowland agave to yield a balanced and supremely sippable tequila.
Founded by husband-and-wife team Ali Wildgen and Chris Joseph, Wild Roots crafts vodka, gin, and ready-to-drink cocktails that bottle the flavors of the Pacific Northwest. Their bottlings eschew artificial flavors and colorings, relying exclusively on premium botanicals and native fruits which give Wild Roots spirits incredibly distinct flavors.
Flecha Azul Tequila
Set on the picturesque slopes of Jalisco’s historic volcano in the heart of Mexico, Flecha crafts ultra-premium tequilas using traditional methods. Cofounded by Mexico natives Aron Marquez and Abraham Ancer over their shared passion for tequila, Flecha remains one of the few Mexican-owned and operated premium tequila brands.
Established on the site of a historic winery in Mendoza, Argentina, Antigal has become known for its signature Malbecs and Uno wines, a line of reds, whites, and rosés known for their generosity and eye-catching labels. Owner Heracio Piero built a state-of-the-art winemaking facility in 2000, and the wines are now exported around the world.
Owner Yola Jimenez is using her grandfather’s distinctive mezcal recipe to craft artisanal, organic mezcal—and empower women while doing so. Every bottle of Yola Mezcal—the company’s only SKU—is hand-bottled by women, and Yola almost solely employs women across the company in order to promote and support their economic freedom.
Established in 2008, Pisco Logia is a boutique, women-run producer located in Aspitia, Peru, near the Pacific coast. Master distiller and vigneron Nati Gordillo purchased this land with her husband in 1998 and began making pisco in 2003; together with founder and general manager Meg McFarland, Gordillo produced Pisco Logia’s first pisco in 2008 using techniques like foot-crushing and small-batch distillation. The team produces a monovarietal pisco, the Pisco Puro Quebranta, from the Quebranta variety, and a blend, the Pisco Acholado, which contains Quebranta and Italia.
Owner and founder Roger Trevino started Twang in the garage of his San Antonio, Texas, home in 1986, inspired by the Latinx tradition of adding citrus and salt to beer. Today, Trevino and his family produce several flavors of beer salt in addition to Twang-a-Rita, a rimming salt, Twangerz, a flavored salt for food dishes, and a Michelada cocktail mix.
Tequila master Carlos Camarena, who comes from a long line of tequila producers, created Tequila Ocho with the late Tomás Estes. It was one of the first to focus on single-estate, artisanal tequila, crafted using agave from the Camarena family’s fields and made in their La Alteña Distillery. The producer’s options include Ocho Plata, Ocho Reposado, Ocho Añejo, Ocho Single Barrel, and Ocho Extra Añejo.
Clase Azul Tequila
These eye-catching bottles are individually hand-painted and -sculpted by some 100 artisans in the Mexican town of Santa Maria Canchesda. Clase Azul was founded and is led by Arturo Lomelí in Guadalajara, Mexico. “Our founder started the company motivated by the purpose of preserving and celebrating the magic of Mexican culture and artistry. Each of our products offers the buyer a piece of our Mexican heritage,” says Cardona.
Ron del Barrilito Rum
For almost 140 years, not much has changed about Ron del Barrilito: It is Puerto Rico’s oldest rum still in production. Four generations of the Fernández family have continued to make Ron del Barrilito the same way they did in 1880. From bottle labels or the estate itself, the original character of the brand remains. “Our history is rich; the world around us has changed so much but when you step into the hacienda it feels like being transported back in time,” says Bacardi.
Rick Martinez began making sangria in his kitchen for friends and family. When they started asking for bottles to take to parties and give as gifts, he realized there was a gap in the market. Bottled sangria didn’t taste as good as homemade, so he spent the next three years figuring out how to make high-quality bottled sangria with real fruit juice and quality wine.
Martinez, now the president and founder of Señor Sangria, says his entrepreneurial spirit is inspired by his parents who left Cuba and immigrated to the United States, “When I think about them arriving in a new country with nothing and not speaking the language, yet finding a way to build a life for our family, that fuels me,” he says.
Iván Saldaña, the creator and biologist of Montelobos Mezcal, built the brand with a commitment to sustainability after spending most of his life studying plants. “Dedication to sourcing agave and other raw materials, and conserving an ecological balance by avoiding the depletion of natural resources, are the main ways in which the brand works to minimize impact and maximize progress for the local community,” says Saldaña.
Casa Dragones Tequila
Each bottle of Casa Dragones is hand-signed and numbered, marking the brand’s commitment to making small-batch, high-quality sipping tequila. González Nieves, co-founder and CEO of Casa Dragones, is the first woman to be certified as a Maestra Tequilera and has been named to Forbes Mexico’s Top 50 Women in Business list.
Don Q Rum
Founded in 1934 by the Serrallés family in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the rum was named after Don Quixote, the family’s favorite novel. Since then, the passion for crafting rum has been passed through six generations of the Serrallés family. Don Q produces a wide range of flavored and aged rums.
Ramón Bilbao Wines
This Spanish winery, established by Ramón Bilbao in 1929, aims to keep the namesake’s legacy alive as the brand continues to grow. In 2019, the brand was named one of the world’s most admired wine brands by Drinks International. It specializes in age-worthy Rioja and fresh, delicious Rueda wines.
Banhez Cooperative is owned by 36 families of farmers and mezcaleros in the central valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. Francisco Javier Perez Cruz founded Banhez to challenge the inconsistent work, low wages, and an uncertain future that had been associated with the mezcal industry, in an effort to improve the lives of mezcaleros and their families.