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Origen Raiz is a collaborative project between Asis Cortes and his father Don Valentin Cortes of Oaxaca and the Saravia family of Durango, who have a long history of working to improve the local economy through business.
The families were brought together by their sons, Asis Cortés and Bildo Saravia, through cultural passion and respect for each other’s heritage.
Bildo’s home, Rancho el Ojo, is located on an untamed swath of land in the Mexican state of Durango. The ranch sits in the cradle of of the state’s wild agave, sotol, and nopal populations. Here, the wild agave Cenizo (Agave durangensis) flourishes in the rocky soil.
At Rancho el Ojo, with the support of the Cortés family and under the tutelage of Maestro Mezcalero Ignacio Grijalva Santiago, Origen Raíz is produced, binding together two lineages of terroir and family tradition through a common respect for Mother Earth and her gift of agave.