La Gran Señora is an elegant line from one of the finest tequila makers in the world, Tequila Supremo, aka Gran Dinastía (fka Casa Camarena). The Tequila Supremo fabrica is owned and operated by the revered Camarena family, in the iconic distilling town of Arandas, Jalisco. Founded by Augustin Camarena in 1938, the Camarena family—today led by the family matriarch, Doña Elena—has built Gran Dinastía into one of the largest and most successful producers of tequila in Mexico.
Doña Elena’s influence looms large in all Tequila Supremo’s productions, and La Gran Señora—the family’s premier brand—is named in her honor. The tequila is made from 100% Blue Weber agave, harvested at maturity after more than 6 years growth in the Los Altos region of Jalisco; this highland plateau, around 7,000 above sea level, is widely regarded as one of the top agave producing environments in Mexico by virtue of its iron- and clay-rich red soil, hot days of sun exposure and cooling breezy nights. The agave is cooked in a 100-year-old volcanic oven and fermented in open stainless steel tanks, before finally being distilled twice in stainless steel pot stills.
Rare among Jalisco distillers, the Camarena family have also prioritized sustainability. Tequila Supremo has developed and patented a process known as Zero D, which ensures that the distillery emits no waste charges, as well as irrigation techniques to combat erosion—a common thread in agave cultivation. Tequila Supremo was the first tequila producer to be recognized as 100% “environmentally friendly,” with net zero carbon impact from production.