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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews Around the Republic of Mexico | July 2006 

Mexican Tequila Makers Celebrate UNESCO World Heritage Decision
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A blue agave plantation in the Amatitlan Valley, Jalisco state, Mexico. UNESCO added the landscape where the agave - the source plant for tequila - is grown and the ancient site where the alcoholic beverage was first made to its list of World Heritage sites. (AFP/Ivan Garcia)
UNESCO added the landscape where the agave - the source plant for tequila - is grown and the ancient site where the alcoholic beverage was first made to its list of World Heritage sites.

The 34,658 hectare (85,640 acre) site, in the western state of Jalisco between the foothills of the Tequila Volcano and the Rio Grande river valley, includes an archaeological site nearly 2,000 years old and colonial distilleries going back to the 16th century.

"We are very happy," Ramon Gonzalez, director of the Tequila Regulatory Council, told AFP. "It will help about 10,000 families in the region whose livelihood depends directly of the agave root."

Gonzalez is hoping to turn the area into a major tourist attraction similar to California's wine Napa Valley or the wine Rioja route in northern Spain.



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